The version of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers heard on this LP differs from most of the period because pianist Bobby Timmons had just departed to join Cannonball Adderley, so Walter Davis, Jr. is in the piano chair. Otherwise the lineup (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 and Davis fits in quite well.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow