Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Come Rain Or Come Shine


Come Rain Or Come Shine


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).

Composed by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer


Recorded: Hackensack, NJ, October 30, 1958


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

I’m not sure who wrote this groovy little arrangement of “Come Rain Or Come Shine” (and while musical director Benny Golson is the most likely arranger, it could have been anyone in the band), but alongside “It’s You Or No One”, this is one of the best versions of a standard ever recorded by the Messengers. The band was in top form on this day and everyone sounds inspired and in a deep groove. The arrangement skips along happily in a medium tempo, but still maintains a slight touch of the song’s intensity without bringing down the mood. Bobby Timmons’ piano solo is almost entirely composed of block chords, and then Golson devours the changes as if they were a turkey dinner. Morgan’s solo shows his Clifford Brown roots, but played with a fiery tone as only Morgan could do it. Merritt’s bass solo is melodic and well-constructed with a downward motive used as a recurring idea. The horns return for a full chorus of melody and at the coda, the final phrase of the melody is repeated and then taken up a third as an acknowledgement of the song’s dramatic nature.

Reviewer: Thomas Cunniffe

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