The Big Beat (Art Blakey album)

The Big Beat is an album by Art Blakey and his group The Jazz Messengers recorded on March 6, 1960 and released on the Blue Note label. It features performances by Blakey with Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Timmons, and Jymie Merritt.

The Big Beat
Studio album by
RecordedMarch 6, 1960
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
LabelBlue Note
BST 84029
ProducerAlfred Lion
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers chronology
Paris Jam Session
The Big Beat
A Night in Tunisia
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic [1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[2]

Track listing

  1. "The Chess Players" (Shorter) - 9:31
  2. "Sakeena's Vision" (Shorter) - 6:04
  3. "Politely" (Hardman) - 6:04
  4. "Dat Dere" (Timmons) - 8:47
  5. "Lester Left Town" (Shorter) - 6:26
  6. "It's Only a Paper Moon" (Arlen, Harburg, Rose) - 6:38
  7. "It's Only a Paper Moon" [Alternate Take] - 6:19 Bonus track on CD



  1. The Big Beat at AllMusic
  2. Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 25. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
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