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Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - Moanin’ (Groove Replica Edition)

Art Blakey

Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - Moanin’ (Groove Replica Edition)


GROOVE REPLICA a new series of classic albums on 180gram vinyl with accompanying CD ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS: MOANIN' Personnel: ART BLAKEY, drums & leader; LEE MORGAN, trumpet; BENNY GOLSON, tenor sax; BOBBY TIMMONS, piano; JYMIE MERRITT, bass Recorded Hackensack, New Jersey, October 30, 1958. Original session recorded by Rudy Van Gelder & produced by Alfred Lion. Accompanying CD version contains the complete album Moanin' plus 4 bonus tracks not included on the original LP.

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 Jazz Messengers had been formed in 1955 when Blakey joined forces with Horace Silver. After Silver left to form his own successful quintet, Blakey band struggled a bit. However this is the version of the group that made the Jazz Messengers immortal.

In fact, the release of 1958 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.

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