This first of two LPs features a transitional version of The Jazz Messengers with longtime members drummer Art Blakey, trumpeter Lee Morgan, pianist Bobby Timmons and bassist Jymie Merritt being joined by tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley who was with the group briefly between Benny Golson and Wayne Shorter. This live set is highlighted by Mobley's "Just Coolin'" and Thelonious Monk's "Justice," although the other selections (including Mobley's funky "Hipsippy Blues") are all quite enjoyable. When will this swinging music be reissued on CD?
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow
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