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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
The Witch Doctor
Blue Note
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Release Date
June 4, 2021
  • Vinyl 1×LP, Limited Edition

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    180g audiophile vinyl reissue All-analog, mastered-from-the-original-master-tapes Deluxe gatefold packaging

    Available: June 4, 2021

Press Release

Recorded in 1961, but not released until 1967, The Witch Doctor features one of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers’ all-time great line-ups: Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone, Lee Morgan on trumpet, Bobby Timmons on piano, and Jymie Merritt on bass. Shorter and Morgan each contribute two tunes, with Timmons penning one.

Highlights include Morgan’s spectacular 6/8 modal piece “Afrique” and Shorter’s minor masterpiece “Those Who Sit And Wait.” Bobby Timmons brings the deep soul goods on his composition “A Little Busy,” and the album closes with a fleet-footed romp through Clifford Jordan’s tune “Lost and Found.”

Blue Note Records’ Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series is produced by Joe Harley and features all-analog, mastered-from-the-original-master-tapes, 180g audiophile vinyl reissues in deluxe gatefold packaging. Mastering is by Kevin Gray (Cohearent Audio) and vinyl is manufactured at Record Technology Incorporated (RTI).

Pre-order Information

We endeavour to ensure pre-orders reach you on the official release date. The date indicated above is the nearest possible delivery date according to the distributor, and is therefore liable to change at any time in accordance with changes made by the distributor.

Track List

A1 The Witch Doctor
A2 Afrique
A3 Those Who Sit And Wait
B1 A Little Busy
B2 Joelle
B3 Lost And Found

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers

Blue Note

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