Art Blakey: Moanin'




Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers


Moanin’ (Blue Note 95324)

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Art Blakey (drums), Lee Morgan (trumpet), Benny Golson (tenor sax), Bobby Timmons (piano), Jymie Merritt (bass).

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

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