Both of these concerts are issued here on DVD for the first time ever. The first one presents Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers filmed at a studio in Tokyo, Japan, at the height of their fame. It offers one of the rare opportunities to see Lee Morgan on film (he was 23 at the time), as he was seldom captured by movie or TV cameras during his short life.
He was regrettably killed in 1972, at the early age of 33.
It is also interesting to see a young Wayne Shorter in his pre-Miles stage and talented pianist Bobby Timmons, whose celebrated composition Moanin' is performed here by the group. A Japanese big band joins the group for
the last two tunes.
Included is another complete rare appearance by the Jazz
Messengers with Lee Morgan, this time in London four years later, featuring
John Gilmore on tenor sax & John Hicks on piano.