Format: Compact Disc
Released Date: April 5, 2010
Style: Jazz Instrument
Number of Discs: 2
Originally Released: 1958
Label Name: Blue Note
Full performer name: Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers.
The Rudy Van Gelder Edition of MOANIN' includes an essay by Bob
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Art Blakey (drums); Benny
Golson (tenor saxophone); Lee Morgan (trumpet); Bobby Timmons
(piano); Jymie Merritt (bass).
Producer: Alfred Lion.
Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on
October 30, 1958. Originally released on Blue Note (4003). Includes
liner notes by Leonard Feather and Bob Blumenthal.
Digitally remastered using 24-bit technology by Rudy Van Gelder
(Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey).
This is part of the Blue Note Rudy Van Gelder Editions
If you simply can only have one Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
disc (and why would you stop there?), it absolutely must be
MOANIN'. This 1958 Blue Note date is the cream of the early
Messengers' studio sessions. The group of this period featured the
wailing Lee Morgan (trumpet), the swinging Benny Golson (sax) and
the soulful Bobby Timmons (piano) with longtime bassist Jymie
Merritt by Blakey's side. All of the pieces fell into place here to
create one of the most hard-swinging, blues-inflected records in
Timmons' classic title cut sets the pace as it's laid-back
call-and-response chorus and swinging bridge will get in your soul
and start your head bobbing. Golson's bouncing "Are You Real" and
the subtle "Along Came Betty" feature that golden Messengers
ensemble sound that can't be matched as Blakey drives his men
mercilessly. The most dynamic tracks, of course, are the drum
feature "The Drum Thunder Suite," a Blakey tour-de-force, and the
powerful "Blues March" featuring Art's signature shuffle groove. A
delightful reading of the standard "Come Rain Or Come Shine" caps
it all off. This is the one to get first.