Theory of Art
Studio album by Art Blakey
Released 1987
Genre Hard bop
Label Bluebird/RCA
Producer Bob Rolontz
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Jazz Messengers Play Lerner and Loewe
Theory of Art
A Night in Tunisia
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Theory of Art is a 1987 reissue of A Night in Tunisia,a 1957 jazz album released by Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers for RCA's Vik label. It was remastered and released with new cover art in 1997.

The album is notable in its inclusion of alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, who had recently quit the Jazz Messengers, on a rare date with his replacement, tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin.

The CD re-issue features two additional tracks from a separate date led by Blakey. The band is a rare nonet that includes future Jazz Messenger Lee Morgan, among others.

Track listing

The track listing for the CD re-issue is:

  1. "A Night in Tunisia" (Gillespie, Paparelli) — 12:50
  2. "Off the Wall" (Griffin) — 7:11
  3. "Couldn't It Be You?" (Blakey, McLean) — 8:06
  4. "Theory of Art" (Hardman) — 9:40
  5. "Evans" (Rollins) — 5:46
  6. "A Night at Tony's" (Gryce) — 4:19
  7. "Social Call" (Gryce, Hendricks) — 5:16