With the Big Beat Art Blakey introduced a highly original saxophonist and composer to the jazz world. Wayne Shorter's 'The Chess Players' and 'Lester Left Town' have since become jazz standards. The album also gave the Jazz Messengers a hit with Bobby Timmons' 'Dat Dere' and their version of 'It's Only a Paper Moon' is hard bop at it's most exciting. Includes a bonus track 'It's Only a Paper Moon' (alternate take). Rudy Van Gelder re-mastered edition. Blue Note. 2005.
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