Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Moanin’ (1958/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 40:06 minutes | 1,73 GB
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Moanin’ is the seminal hard-bop masterpiece by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers. It features arguably the band’s finest lineup, which includes Lee Morgan, Benny Golson, Bobby Timmons and Jymie Merritt. The musicians display uncanny chemistry and deliver breathtaking solos. The work includes the timeless jazz classics: “Moanin’,” “Along Came Betty” and “Blues March.” Moanin’ is a pivotal addition to jazz history and a must-have for any jazz collection.
Moanin’ includes some of the greatest music Blakey produced in the studio with arguably his very best band. There are three tracks that are immortal and will always stand the test of time. The title selection is a pure tuneful melody stewed in a bluesy shuffle penned by pianist Bobby Timmons, while tenor saxophonist Benny Golson’s classy, slowed “Along Came Betty” and the static, militaristic “Blues March” will always have a home in the repertoire of every student or professional jazz band. “Are You Real?” has the most subtle of melody lines, and “Drum Thunder Suite” has Blakey’s quick blasting tom-tom-based rudiments reigning on high as the horns sigh, leading to hard bop. “Come Rain or Come Shine” is the piece that commands the most attention, a highly modified, lilting arrangement where the accompanying staggered, staccato rhythms contrast the light-hearted refrains. Certainly a complete and wholly satisfying album, Moanin’ ranks with the very best of Blakey and what modern jazz offered in the late ’50s and beyond.
01 – Moanin’
02 – Are You Real
03 – Along Came Betty
04 – The Drum Thunder Suite
05 – Blues March
06 – Come Rain or Come Shine
Lee Morgan – trumpet
Benny Golson – tenor sax
Bobby Timmons – piano
Jymie Merritt – bass
Art Blakey – drums
About the Mastering: – High Resolution Mastering by Alan Yoshida and Robin Lynn at Blanche DuBois, April 2012.
“In preparing these hi def remasters, we were very conscientious about maintaining the feel of the original releases while adding a previously unattainable transparency and depth. It now sounds like you’ve set up your chaise lounge right in the middle of Rudy Van Gelder’s studio!” — Blue Note President, Don Was.