Art Blakey: Moanin'
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Moanin’ (Blue Note 95324)
Recorded: Hackensack, N.J., October 30, 1958
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
Although pianist Bobby Timmons composed several well-known and often-played tunes in the funky/soul jazz mode, none became as popular as “Moanin’.” Its infectious backbeat accompanying a simple bluesy melody exerted an instant appeal. This Jazz Messengers version features a brilliant solo by the 20-year old trumpet prodigy Lee Morgan, as well as well-crafted and engaging improvisations by tenorist Benny Golson and Timmons himself. A classic performance.
Reviewer: David Franklin