Blue Note is pleased to announce the release of legendary Nigerian drummer Tony Allen's new EP, A Tribute to Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers. The 4 titles featured in the EP — Moanin’, The Drum Thunder Suite, Night In Tunisia, Politely — provide a preview of his forthcoming first album for Blue Note (currently scheduled for release in autumn 2017) on which Tony Allen pays tribute to his longstanding idol, American jazz drummer Art Blakey.
The EP's four titles and the other tracks that make up the album were recorded over three days in Paris at the Midilive studios, the former facility of the Vogue label. The sessions were done in live conditions that saw Tony Allen and his 8-piece band together in the same room, with the sound channelled through 12 separate mikes onto 2" tape via a Sony MCI-JH24 analogue multi-track recorder.
3. Night In Tunisia
4. Thunder Suite