Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - Moanin' (Vinyl)

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Moanin' (originally titled Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers) is a jazz album by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers recorded in 1958 for the Blue Note label and released in 1959.

This was Blakey's first album for Blue Note in several years, after a period of recording for a number of different labels, and marked both a homecoming and a fresh start. Originally the LP was self-titled, but the instant popularity of the bluesy opening track "Moanin'" (by pianist Bobby Timmons) led to its becoming known by that title.

The rest of the originals are by saxophonist Benny Golson (who was not with the Jazz Messengers for long, this being the only American album on which he is featured). "Are You Real?" is a propulsive 32-bar piece with a four-bar tag, featuring two-part writing for Golson and trumpeter Lee Morgan. "Along Came Betty" is a more lyrical, long-lined piece, almost serving as the album's ballad. "The Drum Thunder Suite" is a feature for Blakey, in three movements: "Drum Thunder"; "Cry a Blue Tear"; and "Harlem's Disciples". "Blues March" calls on the feeling of the New Orleans marching bands, and the album finishes on its only standard, an unusually brisk reading of "Come Rain or Come Shine". Of the originals on the album, all but the "Drum Thunder Suite" became staples of the Messengers book, even after Timmons and Golson were gone. Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder in his meticulous Hackensack studios, this recording reflects the hallmark precision associated with that engineer – on the 1999 CD reissue there is a brief conversation between Lee Morgan and Rudy Van Gelder going over Morgan's solo.

- Audiophile Vinyl Reissues, from the finest in Jazz since 1939.

- Mastered from The Original Analog Tapes. 

- By Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio.

- 180 Gram Vinyl.


Blakey and the Jazz Messengers doing what they did best- laying down immaculate slabs of hard bop. Well played, entertaining stuff, a bit basic if your tastes run to the more inventive and exploratory side of Jazz (as mine do), but nonetheless a fine listening experience and one of the essential bop records of the 50s.

By: AtlantaBibby.

A1 Moanin' - Written-By – Bobby Timmons
A2 Are You Real - Written-By – Golson*
A3 Along Came Betty - Written-By – Golson*
The Drum Thunder (Miniature) Suite - Written-By – Golson*
B1.1 First Theme: Drum thunder
B1.2 Second Theme: Cry A Blue Tear
B1.3 Third Theme: Harlem's Disciples
B2 Blues March - Written-By – Golson*
B3 Come Rain Or Come Shine - Written-By – Mercer-Arlen*

Bass – Jymie Merritt
Drums – Art Blakey
Lacquer Cut By – KPG*
Liner Notes – Leonard Feather
Mastered By – Kevin Gray
Photography By [Cover Photo] – Buck Hoeffler
Piano – Bobby Timmons
Recorded By – Rudy Van Gelder
Tenor Saxophone – Benny Golson
Trumpet – Lee Morgan
Recorded on October 30, 1958.

A Blue Note Records release; Originally released in 1958 on Blue Note records, ©2021 UMG Recordings, Inc. 1750 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 900028, USA.
Made in Germany. Universal International Music B.V. Gerrit Van Der Veenlaan 4, 3743 DN, Baarn, Netherlands.

Runouts are etched, and Optimal plating markings such as "1 ˅" and "2 ˅" are mirrored.
Back to Black – reissue thru Universal Music.
Includes a download voucher MP3.
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Made in the EU.