A previously unreleased live recording finds Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers performing on their first tour of Japan in 1961.

First Flight to Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings, which is set to be released this November by Blue Note, was captured at Hibiya Public Hall in Tokyo on Jan. 14, 1961.

The Jazz Messengers were among the first modern jazz groups to tour Japan. The audiences treated to one of the band’s all-time great line-ups featuring Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone, Bobby Timmons on piano and Jymie Merritt on bass.

The concert featured performances of well-known jazz staples including Charlie Parker’s Now’s the Time and Thelonious Monk’s ‘Round About Midnight, as well as the Jazz Messengers’ own hits including Blues March, Dat Dere and Moanin’.

The deluxe two-disc vinyl and CD editions come with elaborate booklets featuring rare photos by Japanese photographers Shunji Okura and Hozumi Nakadaira, an essay by acclaimed jazz critic Bob Blumenthal, and new interviews with Wayne Shorter in conversation with Blue Note president Don Was, celebrated saxophonist Lou Donaldson, Japanese jazz star Sadao Watanabe, renowned Japanese music critic Reiko Yukawa, Blakey’s son Takashi Blakey, and drum greats Louis Hayes, Billy Hart and Cindy Blackman Santana.