In light of the ongoing Montreal Jazz Festival, here’s a wonderful live performance of the pianist Bobby Timmons’s “Dat Dere” by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone offers a virtuosic solo spanning the whole instrument’s range and tone palate; Lee Morgan on the trumpet slurs poignant licks; and Timmons brings his usual hard-grooving, crunchy block chords. Add in legendary Jymie Merritt on bass and, of course, Art Blakey on drums and you have a superteam that colours beyond the bounds of the hard bop classic’s lines before the idea of superteams came to be.
Editorial Assistant Weiyu Dang currently lives in Montreal because of his intense affection for the STM. While he attends McGill to pursue a double major in English and History, Young Wei purposefully lives far from school to capitalize on the metro commute potential. Musical interests include Bartok, Hard Bop, and YG. Weiyu worked for La Scena Musicale from July 4th to August 1st, 2016.