180 Gram Vinyl LP in Gatefold Packaging
Widely regarded as one of the finest jazz albums ever, Moanin’ was the first LP by the third formation of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, showcasing trumpeter Lee Morgan, saxophonist Benny Golson, pianist Bobby Timmons, and bassist Jymie Merritt. Morgan (1938-1972) was only 20-years old at the time the Jazz Messengers recorded Moanin’, and his recording debut with Blakey had occurred the previous year. Benny Golson (90 years-old at this writing) wrote four of the songs from the album. Bobby Timmons stayed with Blakey from 1958 to 1961 and participated on some of the best Jazz Messengers recordings, also contributing such hits of his own as the title track, “Moanin’”. Timmons died young due to cirrhosis of the liver in 1974, at age 38. Originally released just with the group’s name on the cover, due to the increasing popularity of the opening track, later editions were titled after that song, which became a standard.
ART BLAKEY, drums & leader
LEE MORGAN, trumpet
BENNY GOLSON, tenor sax
BOBBY TIMMONS, piano
JYMIE MERRITT, bass
Hackensack, New Jersey, October 30, 1958.
Original session recorded by Rudy Van Gelder & produced by Alfred Lion.
Same personnel. Live at L’Olympia, Paris, France,
November 22 (B4) & December 17 (A4), 1958.
2 ARE YOU REAL?
3 ALONG CAME BETTY
4 I REMEMBER CLIFFORD [Live at L’Olympia]
1 THE DRUM THUNDER SUITE [FIRST THEME: DRUM THUNDER / SECOND THEME: CRY A BLUE TEAR / THIRD THEME: HARLEM’S DISCIPLES]
2 BLUES MARCH
3 COME RAIN OR COME SHINE
4 BLUES MARCH [Live at L’Olympia]