Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers: Live in Stockholm 1959 (1959)

Live in Stockholm 1959

Track list:

01. Close Your Eyes
02. Like Someone In Love
03. Lester Left Town
04. The Midget
05. Night In Tunisia


Lee Morgan – trumpet;
Wayne Shorter – tenor sax;
Walter Davis Jr. – piano;
Jymie Merritt – bass;
Art Blakey – drums

Swedish Radio Broadcast
Recorded: Konserthuset (Concert Hall), Stockholm, Sweden; November 23, 1959.
Released: 1960
Label: Dragon (Swd)
DRCD 182



The version of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers heard on this CD differs from most from the period because pianist Bobby Timmons had just departed to join Cannonball Adderley so Walter Davis, Jr. is in the piano chair.

Otherwise the line-up (with trumpeter Lee Morgan, tenor-saxophonist Wayne Shorter, bassist Jymie Merritt and drummer Blakey) is familiar.

Performing three standards (including “Night in Tunisia”) and two group originals (best-known is one of the earliest versions of Shorter’s “Lester Left Town”), the Jazz Messengers are up to their usual high standards; both Morgan and Shorter are in particularly strong form while Davis fits in quite well.
~Scott Yanow[]


Live in Europe, 1959 – Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers [Bandstand TKCB-71072]:

Live in Europe 1959

The Midget [K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, November 5, 1959]
Nellie Blye [K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, November 5, 1959]
Close Your Eyes [Konserthuset, Stockholm, November 23, 1959]
Like Someone In Love [Konserthuset, Stockholm, November 23, 1959]
Lester Left Town [Konserthuset, Stockholm, November 23, 1959]
Blues March [Titania-Palast, Berlin, November 29, 1959]