Art Blakey: Along Came Betty


Along Came Betty


Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers


Moaniní (Blue Note: RVG Edition 7243 4 95324 2 7)

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

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

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