Africaine is a collection of 1959 recordings by jazz artist Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers. The collection was not released until over 20 years after it was recorded. The album features tenor-saxophonist Wayne Shorter in his first recording with The Jazz Messengers, trumpeter Lee Morgan, pianist Walter Davis, Jr. and bassist Jymie Merritt.[1]

Africaine by Art Blakey
Studio album by
RecordedNovember 10, 1959
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
LabelBlue Note
LT 1088
ProducerAlfred Lion
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers chronology
Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960
Art Blakey et les Jazz Messengers au Théâtre des Champs-Élysées


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[3]

Michael G. Nastos of Allmusic called it, "a recording that shows a band fully able to fuse many exotically attractive elements into a unified whole of creative jazz music ecstasy".[2]

Track listing

  1. "Africaine" (Shorter) – 7:57
  2. "Lester Left Town" (Shorter) – 8:35
  3. "Splendid" (Davis) – 7:46
  4. "Haina" (Morgan) – 10:17
  5. "The Midget" (Morgan) – 6:00
  6. "Celine" (Morgan) – 4:50



  1. ^ Nichael G. Nastos. "Africaine". Retrieved 2009-06-21.
  2. ^ a b Nastos, Michael G.. Africaine – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 26. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
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