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"...Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers (later known as Moanin') is among several terrific albums Blakey and Co. laid down for Blue Note...The recording is upfront and more distinctly left/right than usual. Sterophonic subtlety aside, this set has outstanding clarity, a fine feeling of breadth, rich tonality, and a visceral sense of life." - Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, June/July 2009 "…Moanin' is the best-sounding title I've yet heard in AP's series of Blue Note 45s. The horns are 3D, the trapset is crisp, the bass sounds like wood, there's air everywhere, you're in the room. And it also happens to feature the best Jazz Messengers that Blakey ever assembled, including Lee Morgan on trumpet, Benny Golson on tenor sax, and Bobby Timmons on piano. If you want to hear what 'the Blue Note' sound sounded like, get this Moanin'. That goes for the corporate guys at modern-day Blue Note, too." – Fred Kaplan, Stereophile
Art Blakey's most successful album gave us Bobby Timmons' "Moanin'" and Benny Golson's "Along Came Betty" and "Blues March," tunes so powerful that Blakey played them almost every night for the next 30 years. This beautifully performed and recorded session made the Jazz Messengers a jazz institution and put Golson, Timmons and Morgan at the forefront of jazz.
"…As much as I'd love to relay all kinds of anecdotes about the challenges Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray encounter during the mastering sessions, I witness none. These boys know the sound of the facility and the Van Gelder masters like the backs of their hands…Back home a month later, I unpack some test pressings I hear the most realistic-sounding drums ever reproduced by my system. It's as though I'm sitting at the point of creation, experiencing the same high that brought such gifted musicians together as one. Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray, have done Rudy Van Gelder and his Blue Note artists proud." – Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile,
One of the most beloved recordings of all time, Moanin’ is one of the few albums where listeners actually remember where they were the first time they heard it. Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers had been formed in 1955 when Blakey joined forces with Horace Silver. After Silver left to form his own successful quintet, Blakey’s band struggled a bit. However this is the version of the group that made the Jazz Messengers immortal. In fact, the release of 1958’s Moanin’ is when the Jazz Messengers became a permanent jazz institution, a laboratory in swinging jazz. Shortly before this recording was made, tenor- saxophonist Benny Golson persuaded Blakey to hire three brilliant young Philadelphians (Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons and bassist Jymie Merritt) for the band.
With Golson, Timmons and Morgan contributing new songs, the Jazz Messengers quickly had a fresh repertoire, their own sound, and an infectious enthusiasm that can still be felt today. These musicians knew that they were creating some of the world’s greatest music. Moanin’ finds the band combining youthful soul with hard-swinging solos. The Jazz Messengers are simply thrilling throughout this album. They introduce the definitive gospel-drenched soul jazz tune “Moanin’,” (the solos of Morgan, Golson and Timmons would be quoted by other musicians for decades), “Along Came Betty” and “Blues March” on this remarkable album.
Blakey’s drumming is explosive in the extreme, inspiring the musicians to play as if every chorus might be their last. The passion and intensity heard throughout Moanin’ makes this an all-time classic.
Lee Morgan, trumpet
Benny Golson, tenor sax
Bobby Timmons, piano
Jymie Merritt, bass
Art Blakey, drums
Art Blakey Moanin' Track Listing:
2. Are You Real
3. Along Came Betty
4. The Drum Thunder Suite
5. Blues March
6. Come Rain or Come Shine
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