- 2 x LP
- Blue Note
First Flight to Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings is a thrilling previously unreleased live recording of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers captured at Hibiya Public Hall in Tokyo on January 14, 1961 during the band’s first-ever tour of Japan.
The Jazz Messengers were among the first modern jazz groups
to tour the country, and adoring Japanese audiences were enthralled by one
of the band’s all-time great line-ups featuring the legendary drummer with
Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone, Bobby
Timmons on piano, and Jymie Merritt on bass.