Art Blakey: Along Came Betty
Along Came Betty
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Moaniní (Blue Note: RVG Edition 7243 4 95324 2 7)
Composed by Benny Golson.
Recorded: Hackensack, New Jersey, October 30, 1958
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
Art Blakey at Birdland, photo by Marcel Fleiss
Golsonís composition with its simple yet haunting line swings right out of the box. This quintessential Blakey lineup finesses the head and all its subtleties, setting up Morganís entrance and understated trumpet solo. The composerís tenor follows, addressing the changes with more fire than his predecessor, while the rhythm section is rock solid underneath. Timmons seems a little sedate as his solo leads us back to a final statement of the theme.
Reviewer: Frank Murphy