Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers ” Moanin’ “
1CD - 1 album(s)
10 tracks (with 4 bonus tracks)
ART BLAKEY, drums LEE MORGAN, trumpet BENNY GOLSON, tenor sax BOBBY TIMMONS, piano JYMIE MERRITT, bass
It was the first LP by the third formation of the group, featuring Lee Morgan, Benny Golson (composer of most of the songs) and Bobby Timmons.
As a bonus, four extended tunes recorded immediately afterwards in Paris, two of which (“Are You Real” and “Moanin’”) are versions of songs from the studio album.
The formation heard here marks the third incarnation of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, which included trumpeter Lee Morgan, tenor saxophonist Benny Golson, pianist Bobby Timmons and bassist Jymie Merritt. Golson contributed to the group as an arranger and composer (he was the composer of the classic ballad “I Remember Clifford”, whic was a personal homage to Clifford Brown). He penned four of the songs from Moanin’.
Pianist Bobby Timmons also stayed with Blakey from 1958 to 1961. He participated in some of the best Jazz Messengers recordings (including, of course, the present album), and contributed such hits of his own as the title track, “Moanin’”. Like Morgan, Timmons died prematurely due to cirrhosis of the liver in 1974, at age 38.