Paris Jam Session

Paris Jam Session is a live album by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers with guest appearances by Bud Powell and Barney Wilen, recorded at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris on 18 December 1959.[1] It was released by Fontana (France) originally, by EmArcy in 1961, and subsequently by Verve on CD as part of their Jazz in Paris series.[2]

Paris Jam Session
Live album by
Recorded18 December 1959
GenreHard bop
LabelFontana (France)
680 207 TL
ProducerMarcel Romano
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers chronology
Art Blakey et les Jazz Messengers au Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Paris Jam Session
The Big Beat


Professional ratings
Review scores
The Guardian[4]

Allmusic gave the album 4½ stars with Ken Dryden's review stating: "This is one of the essential live dates in Art Blakey's rather extensive discography".[3] The Guardian's John Fordham rated the album 3 stars out of 5, saying, "the heated live-show informality is really stoked by Blakey's elemental (or maybe just mental) drumming and some spine-tingling improvising by the young Wayne Shorter, unintentional reed-squeaks and all".[4]

Track listing

  1. "Dance of the Infidels" (Bud Powell) — 12:26
  2. "Bouncing with Bud" (Gil Fuller, Powell) — 11:38
  3. "The Midget" (Lee Morgan) — 11:06
  4. "A Night in Tunisia" (Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli) — 7:02



  1. Art Blakey catalog, accessed August 10, 2016
  2. Discogs album entry accessed August 10, 2016
  3. Dryden, Ken. Paris Jam Sessions – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  4. Fordham, John (2007-08-18). "Art Blakey, Paris Jam Session". Retrieved 2016-08-10.
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