Theory of Art (jazz album)

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Theory of Art
Theory of Art (album).jpg
Studio album by Art Blakey
Released 1987
Genre Hard bop
Label Bluebird/RCA
Producer Bob Rolontz
Art Blakey chronology
Jazz Messengers Play Lerner and Loewe
(1957)Jazz Messengers Play Lerner and Loewe1957
Theory of Art
A Night in Tunisia
(1957)A Night in Tunisia1957
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Theory of Art is a 1987 reissue of A Night in Tunisia, a 1957 jazz album released by Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers for RCA's Vik label. It was released, with a newly designed booklet and CD tray inlay in 1997.

The album features alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, who had recently left the Jazz Messengers, on a rare date with his successor, tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin.

The CD re-issue features two additional tracks from a separate date led by Blakey. This group is a nonet which includes Lee Morgan, shortly to formally join the Jazz Messengers, among others.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "A Night in Tunisia" (Dizzy Gillespie, Paparelli) – 12:50
  2. "Off the Wall" (Johnny Griffin) – 7:11
  3. "Couldn't It Be You?" (Art Blakey, Jackie McLean) – 8:06
  4. "Theory of Art" (Bill Hardman) – 9:40
  5. "Evans" (Out of the Blue) (Sonny Rollins) – 5:46
  6. "A Night at Tony's" (Gigi Gryce) – 4:19
  7. "Social Call" (Gryce, Hendricks) – 5:16