ART BLAKEY

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Arthur "Art" Blakey (October 11, 1919 – October 16, 1990), also known as Abdullah Ibn Buhaina, was an American jazz drummer and bandleader.

Along with Kenny Clarke and Max Roach, he was one of the inventors of the modern bebop style of drumming. He is known as a powerful musician and a vital groover; his brand of bluesy, funky hard bop was and continues to be profoundly influential on mainstream jazz. For more than 30 years his band the Jazz Messengers included many young musicians who went on to become prominent names in jazz. The band's legacy is thus not only known for the often exceptionally fine music it produced, but as a proving ground for several generations of jazz musicians; Blakey's groups are matched only by those of Miles Davis in this regard. He was a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

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Free For AllFree For All
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ART BLAKEY & The Jazz Messengers Buhaina LP PRESTIGE PR-10067 Orig US 1973 ART BLAKEY & The Jazz Messengers Buhaina LP PRESTIGE PR-10067 Orig US 1973 USD $31.49 Buy It Now 12h
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ART BLAKEY Blakey album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blakey
Hard Bop 1955
ART BLAKEY The Jazz Messengers (aka Art Blakey With The Original Jazz Messengers) album cover 3.40 | 5 ratings
The Jazz Messengers (aka Art Blakey With The Original Jazz Messengers)
Hard Bop 1956
ART BLAKEY Drum Suite album cover 3.50 | 6 ratings
Drum Suite
Hard Bop 1957
ART BLAKEY A Midnight Session With The Jazz Messengers (aka Mirage) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Midnight Session With The Jazz Messengers (aka Mirage)
Hard Bop 1957
ART BLAKEY Hard Drive (aka Right Down Front aka Buhaina - The Continuing Message aka Art Blakey's Jazz Giants) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hard Drive (aka Right Down Front aka Buhaina - The Continuing Message aka Art Blakey's Jazz Giants)
Hard Bop 1957
ART BLAKEY Ritual (aka The Jazz Drums Of Art Blakey aka Once Upon A Groove) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ritual (aka The Jazz Drums Of Art Blakey aka Once Upon A Groove)
Hard Bop 1957
ART BLAKEY Hard Bop album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hard Bop
Hard Bop 1957
ART BLAKEY The Jazz Drums Of Art Blakey album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Jazz Drums Of Art Blakey
Hard Bop 1957
ART BLAKEY Art Blakey And His Jazz Messengers With Sabu : Cu-Bop album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Art Blakey And His Jazz Messengers With Sabu : Cu-Bop
Hard Bop 1958
ART BLAKEY Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk album cover 3.69 | 4 ratings
Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk
Hard Bop 1958
ART BLAKEY A Night In Tunisia album cover 3.69 | 8 ratings
A Night In Tunisia
Hard Bop 1958
ART BLAKEY Art Blakey Big Band (aka Drum Thunder) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Art Blakey Big Band (aka Drum Thunder)
Hard Bop 1958
ART BLAKEY Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers (aka Moanin') album cover 4.35 | 24 ratings
Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers (aka Moanin')
Hard Bop 1959
ART BLAKEY Des Femmes Disparaissent album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Des Femmes Disparaissent
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1959
ART BLAKEY The Big Beat album cover 3.80 | 5 ratings
The Big Beat
Hard Bop 1960
ART BLAKEY Les Liaisons Dangereuses album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1960
ART BLAKEY Mosaic album cover 3.92 | 9 ratings
Mosaic
Hard Bop 1961
ART BLAKEY Impulse!!!!! Art Blakey!!!!! Jazz Messengers!!!!! album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Impulse!!!!! Art Blakey!!!!! Jazz Messengers!!!!!
Hard Bop 1961
ART BLAKEY A Night in Tunisia (1961) album cover 2.83 | 3 ratings
A Night in Tunisia (1961)
Hard Bop 1961
ART BLAKEY 3 Blind Mice album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
3 Blind Mice
Hard Bop 1962
ART BLAKEY The African Beat album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The African Beat
World Fusion 1962
ART BLAKEY Buhaina's Delight album cover 4.30 | 6 ratings
Buhaina's Delight
Hard Bop 1962
ART BLAKEY Caravan album cover 3.88 | 4 ratings
Caravan
Hard Bop 1962
ART BLAKEY Selections From 0.00 | 0 ratings
Selections From "Golden Boy" (aka Theme From Golden Boy)
Hard Bop 1963
ART BLAKEY 'S Make It album cover 1.75 | 2 ratings
'S Make It
Hard Bop 1964
ART BLAKEY The Freedom Rider album cover 4.66 | 7 ratings
The Freedom Rider
Hard Bop 1964
ART BLAKEY Kyoto album cover 3.50 | 4 ratings
Kyoto
Hard Bop 1964
ART BLAKEY A Jazz Message album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
A Jazz Message
Hard Bop 1964
ART BLAKEY Free For All album cover 4.72 | 14 ratings
Free For All
Hard Bop 1964
ART BLAKEY Indestructible album cover 3.39 | 9 ratings
Indestructible
Hard Bop 1965
ART BLAKEY Soul Finger album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soul Finger
Hard Bop 1965
ART BLAKEY Hold On, I'm Coming album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hold On, I'm Coming
Hard Bop 1966
ART BLAKEY Like Someone In Love album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Like Someone In Love
Hard Bop 1966
ART BLAKEY Tough! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tough!
Hard Bop 1966
ART BLAKEY The Witch Doctor album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
The Witch Doctor
Hard Bop 1967
ART BLAKEY Roots & Herbs album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Roots & Herbs
Hard Bop 1970
ART BLAKEY Jazz Messengers '70 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Messengers '70
Hard Bop 1970
ART BLAKEY Child's Dance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Child's Dance
Hard Bop 1972
ART BLAKEY Anthenagin (Featuring Woody Shaw & Cedar Walton) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Anthenagin (Featuring Woody Shaw & Cedar Walton)
Hard Bop 1973
ART BLAKEY Buhaina album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Buhaina
Hard Bop 1973
ART BLAKEY Drum Suite (with Featuring Max Roach) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Drum Suite (with Featuring Max Roach)
Hard Bop 1974
ART BLAKEY Blues March album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blues March
Hard Bop 1976
ART BLAKEY Backgammon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Backgammon
Hard Bop 1976
ART BLAKEY The Finest Of Art Blakey Big Band album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Finest Of Art Blakey Big Band
Big Band 1976
ART BLAKEY Gypsy Folk Tales album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gypsy Folk Tales
Hard Bop 1977
ART BLAKEY Reflections in Blue album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Reflections in Blue
Hard Bop 1978
ART BLAKEY Africaine album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Africaine
Hard Bop 1979
ART BLAKEY In My Prime Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In My Prime Vol. 1
Hard Bop 1979
ART BLAKEY Pisces album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pisces
Hard Bop 1979
ART BLAKEY Night in Tunisia (1979) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Night in Tunisia (1979)
Hard Bop 1979
ART BLAKEY A Day With Art Blakey 1961 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Day With Art Blakey 1961
Hard Bop 1981
ART BLAKEY One By One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
One By One
Hard Bop 1981
ART BLAKEY Art Blakey & the All Star Jazz Messengers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Art Blakey & the All Star Jazz Messengers
Hard Bop 1982
ART BLAKEY Oh - By the Way album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Oh - By the Way
Hard Bop 1982
ART BLAKEY Blue Night album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blue Night
Hard Bop 1985
ART BLAKEY I Get A Kick Out Of Bu album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I Get A Kick Out Of Bu
Hard Bop 1990
ART BLAKEY One For All album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
One For All
Hard Bop 1990
ART BLAKEY Drums Around the Corner album cover 3.17 | 3 ratings
Drums Around the Corner
Hard Bop 1999
ART BLAKEY Workshop (with James Moody) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Workshop (with James Moody)
Hard Bop 2001

ART BLAKEY EPs & splits

ART BLAKEY Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver, Max Roach – Europa Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver, Max Roach – Europa Jazz
Hard Bop 1981

ART BLAKEY live albums

ART BLAKEY A Night at Birdland, Volume 1 album cover 4.33 | 6 ratings
A Night at Birdland, Volume 1
Hard Bop 1956
ART BLAKEY A Night At Birdland Volume 2 album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
A Night At Birdland Volume 2
Hard Bop 1956
ART BLAKEY At the Cafe Bohemia, Volume 1 album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
At the Cafe Bohemia, Volume 1
Hard Bop 1956
ART BLAKEY At the Cafe Bohemia, Volume 2 album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
At the Cafe Bohemia, Volume 2
Hard Bop 1956
ART BLAKEY A Midnight Session With The Jazz Messengers (aka Reflections Of Buhainia aka Mirage aka The Jazz Messengers) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Midnight Session With The Jazz Messengers (aka Reflections Of Buhainia aka Mirage aka The Jazz Messengers)
Hard Bop 1957
ART BLAKEY Selections From Lerner And Loewe album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Selections From Lerner And Loewe
Hard Bop 1957
ART BLAKEY Orgy in Rhythm, Volume 1 album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
Orgy in Rhythm, Volume 1
World Fusion 1957
ART BLAKEY Orgy in Rhythm, Volume Two album cover 2.50 | 3 ratings
Orgy in Rhythm, Volume Two
World Fusion 1957
ART BLAKEY Holiday for Skins, Volume 1 album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Holiday for Skins, Volume 1
Hard Bop 1958
ART BLAKEY Holiday for Skins, Volume 2 album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Holiday for Skins, Volume 2
Hard Bop 1958
ART BLAKEY Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers : Olympia Concert (aka Paris Concert aka Soul! aka 1958-Paris Olympia) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers : Olympia Concert (aka Paris Concert aka Soul! aka 1958-Paris Olympia)
Hard Bop 1959
ART BLAKEY At The Jazz Corner Of The World Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At The Jazz Corner Of The World Vol. 1
Hard Bop 1959
ART BLAKEY At The Jazz Corner Of The World Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At The Jazz Corner Of The World Vol. 2
Hard Bop 1959
ART BLAKEY Au Théâtre des Champs-Élysées album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Au Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Hard Bop 1959
ART BLAKEY Au Club St. Germain Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Au Club St. Germain Vol. 1
Hard Bop 1959
ART BLAKEY Au Club St. Germain Vol. 2 (aka The Jazz Messengers At Club St. Germain) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Au Club St. Germain Vol. 2 (aka The Jazz Messengers At Club St. Germain)
Hard Bop 1959
ART BLAKEY Au Club St. Germain Vol. 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Au Club St. Germain Vol. 3
Hard Bop 1959
ART BLAKEY Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World (Volume 1) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World (Volume 1)
Hard Bop 1960
ART BLAKEY Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World (Volume 2) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World (Volume 2)
Hard Bop 1960
ART BLAKEY Gretsch Drum Night at Birdland (aka Jazztracks) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gretsch Drum Night at Birdland (aka Jazztracks)
Hard Bop 1960
ART BLAKEY Blakey In Paris (aka Paris Jam Session) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blakey In Paris (aka Paris Jam Session)
Hard Bop 1961
ART BLAKEY Gretsch Drum Night at Birdland Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gretsch Drum Night at Birdland Volume 2
Hard Bop 1961
ART BLAKEY 3 Blind Mice album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
3 Blind Mice
Hard Bop 1962
ART BLAKEY Ugetsu album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
Ugetsu
Hard Bop 1963
ART BLAKEY Buttercorn Lady (aka Get The Message) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Buttercorn Lady (aka Get The Message)
Hard Bop 1966
ART BLAKEY The Giants of Jazz – Live in London album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Giants of Jazz – Live in London
Hard Bop 1972
ART BLAKEY Live At The Renaissance Club album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Renaissance Club
Hard Bop 1978
ART BLAKEY Live Messengers album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Live Messengers
Hard Bop 1978
ART BLAKEY In This Korner album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In This Korner
Hard Bop 1978
ART BLAKEY The Birthday Concert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Birthday Concert
Hard Bop 1980
ART BLAKEY Recorded Live At Bubba's (aka Jazz Café Presents Art Blakey) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Recorded Live At Bubba's (aka Jazz Café Presents Art Blakey)
Hard Bop 1981
ART BLAKEY Live At Montreux And Northsea album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Montreux And Northsea
Hard Bop 1981
ART BLAKEY Keystone 3 album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Keystone 3
Hard Bop 1982
ART BLAKEY Originally album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Originally
Hard Bop 1982
ART BLAKEY Aurex Jazz Festival ´83 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Aurex Jazz Festival ´83
Hard Bop 1983
ART BLAKEY New York Scene album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New York Scene
Hard Bop 1984
ART BLAKEY Live At Kimball's album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Kimball's
Hard Bop 1985
ART BLAKEY New Year's Eve at Sweet Basil album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Year's Eve at Sweet Basil
Hard Bop 1986
ART BLAKEY Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers: Blue Moon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers: Blue Moon
Hard Bop 1989
ART BLAKEY Blakey's Theme (Feat. Wynton Marsalis) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blakey's Theme (Feat. Wynton Marsalis)
Hard Bop 1989
ART BLAKEY Paris 1958 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paris 1958
Hard Bop 1992
ART BLAKEY Live in Stockholm 1959 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Stockholm 1959
Hard Bop 1995
ART BLAKEY Just Jazz: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Just Jazz: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers Live
Hard Bop 2005
ART BLAKEY Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1972 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1972
Hard Bop 2008
ART BLAKEY Live In Amsterdam November 1959 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Amsterdam November 1959
Hard Bop 2013

ART BLAKEY demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

ART BLAKEY re-issues & compilations

ART BLAKEY Blues March album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blues March
Hard Bop 1958
ART BLAKEY At the Jazz Corner of the World Vol.1&2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At the Jazz Corner of the World Vol.1&2
Hard Bop 1959
ART BLAKEY The Jazz Messengers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Jazz Messengers
Hard Bop 1960
ART BLAKEY Jazz Messengers '70 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Messengers '70
Hard Bop 1978
ART BLAKEY Blues Bag (with Buddy De Franco) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blues Bag (with Buddy De Franco)
Hard Bop 1980
ART BLAKEY Straight Ahead album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Straight Ahead
Hard Bop 1981
ART BLAKEY The Complete Art Blakey On EmArcy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Art Blakey On EmArcy
Hard Bop 1987
ART BLAKEY The Best of Art Blakey album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Art Blakey
Hard Bop 1990
ART BLAKEY The History of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The History of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Hard Bop 1992
ART BLAKEY The Complete Blue Note Recordings Of Art Blakey's 1960 Jazz Messengers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Blue Note Recordings Of Art Blakey's 1960 Jazz Messengers
Hard Bop 1992
ART BLAKEY Orgy In Rhythm album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Orgy In Rhythm
World Fusion 1997
ART BLAKEY Planet Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Planet Jazz
Hard Bop 1997
ART BLAKEY The Concord Jazz Heritage Series album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Concord Jazz Heritage Series
Hard Bop 1998
ART BLAKEY Ken Burns Jazz: Definitive Art Blakey album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ken Burns Jazz: Definitive Art Blakey
Hard Bop 2000
ART BLAKEY Quadromania: Out of Nowhere album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Quadromania: Out of Nowhere
Hard Bop 2005
ART BLAKEY The Complete Jazz Messengers at the Cafe Bohemia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Jazz Messengers at the Cafe Bohemia
Hard Bop 2007
ART BLAKEY The Prime Source album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Prime Source
Hard Bop 2007
ART BLAKEY Latin & Jazz, Volume 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Latin & Jazz, Volume 1
Hard Bop 2008

ART BLAKEY singles (0)

ART BLAKEY movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

ART BLAKEY Reviews

ART BLAKEY Drum Suite

Album · 1957 · Hard Bop
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Sean Trane
A dual disc with each side dedicated to a specific style of jazz, the first of which is drum-dominated African and Latin/Cuban jazz and the second to jazz as the Messengers usually do. Two totally different bands as well, but the artwork defiantly points towards the Drum Suite and my fave since it’s the more experimental of the two. Indeed, the Drum Suite band features up to three percussionists on top of Blakey. As for the Jazz Messenger side, it’s the usual suspects.

The four movement drum suite is definitely exciting and enthralling. However the JM side is rather conventional compared to its sibling, this despite the different songwriters

ART BLAKEY Indestructible

Album · 1965 · Hard Bop
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Sean Trane
Of his 60’s albums, Indestructible is one my fave AB works, and I dare say that I’m not the only one to think so. Whether I place Blakey in the groundbreaking ladrs category is more up to debate, though. You’ll find some usual-suspects Jazz Messengers like Shorter, Walton, Morgan, Fuller and Workman, and it was recorded in the spring of 64 and produced by the Lyons and Van Gelder team for the Blue Note label.

Opening on the slightly-modal 10-mins+ The Egyptian piece with Waldon’s pensive piano, the debate soon veers to a brass and wood match, with Morgan, Fuller and Shorter trading solos. The riff-laden 8-mins Sortie is definitely bluesier, but Waldon’s piano is Tyner-ish and provides a slightly modal flavour to complete the A-side, in on of the finer Blue Note black wax face. On the less-exciting flipside, Khadjija is definitely more standard (especially the wind arrangements).

Ever since the late 70’s, this album has a bonus track in the form of the Shorter-penned It’s A Long Way Down, that was recorded during the same sessions, but left off for running time reasons, but it fits more the flipside’s standard mood more than the modal one. Too bad that the album didn’t persevere in its original direction, because it could’ve been a real gem.

ART BLAKEY Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers (aka Moanin')

Album · 1959 · Hard Bop
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Warthur
Art Blakey's Moanin' is a standard hard bop affair elevated by some fine soloing from Blakey's bandmates. Lee Morgan and Benny Golson are the stars of the show here, with their trumpet and saxophone playing a real highlight of the album, particularly on the opening track Moanin', which truth be told is the album's high point, though Golson's compositional contributions are also worth a mention. Although billed as an Art Blakey-led affair, this is really a group effort by the Jazz Messengers as a whole, and a credible addition to the canon of 1950s hard bop classics. I don't think it quite hits the heights of the best work of Miles Davis or John Coltrane, but it's in the same ballpark.

ART BLAKEY Free For All

Album · 1964 · Hard Bop
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darkprinceofjazz
Power!That is the best way to describe this fantastic, driving hard bop release from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, in fact, listening to this music, one can hear a few times, where the recording equipment can barely handle whats being played, some slight distortion here and there, The title track "Free for All" is the hard driving back bone of the album, A track that comes as close as Blakey ever got to free jazz, The nearly 10 minute "The Core" almost captures the same power, Tenor Saxophonist Wayne Shorter composed the title track and the second track "Hammer Head" a nice straight ahead blues groove number that evens out the enormous power of the album, The sets closer "Pensativa" a Clare Fischer number brings the session to a mellow close with a rhythmic feel reminiscent of Benny Golson's "Whispser Not". As great as Blakey's drumming and Shorter's compositions are, Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard really stands out, His pompous brassy tone, and Coltrane influenced runs,"one of the first trumpeters to be influenced by the Saxophonist", Hubbard proves here why he was so highly regarded. Free for all is easily one of the best Blakey albums, and should be in any jazz collection.

ART BLAKEY Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers (aka Moanin')

Album · 1959 · Hard Bop
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Matt
Bobby Timmons the pianist will always be remembered as the man who wrote the Jazz classic "Moanin" becoming the most memorable tune from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers which was recorded in October 1958. There are two takes available, the master and also an alternate with the master being slightly better due to Lee Morgan's trumpet solo within this 9 1/2 minute classic from the late fifties. Pure Hard Bop by none other than the masters of the genre with another five compositions within the album and yet Benny Golson who is on tenor saxophone wrote the bulk of material composing four of the tunes and not Bobby Timmons with "Come Rain or Shine" being an Arlen and Mercer tune which finishes the album off. Benny only recorded the one album with The Jazz Messengers and was not with them long but as for the others they are old hands with Art except for Jymie Merritt on bass who had just joined the band and he had been working down south predominately with BB King but found time to play with the likes of Sonny Stitt, the great Lester Young and the trumpet wiz Roy Eldridge before joining The Jazz Messengers and recording this all time classic. Typical Jazz Messenger line-up being a Quintet with two horns and the rythmn section which is under pinned by the fabulous drumming of Art Blakey who as per usual keeps that rythmn right in time with a great driving beat and that is just not the title track either but the lot. The album was actually issued without a title but later became known as Moanin' due to the tunes popularity and with this studio album really being the first actual Jazz Messenger release since the Horace Silver days as the others were either live or drum based percussion albums on Blue Note, so in a way this album could be seen as the launch pad for the band with Art Blakey as leader, with many a great album to follow still.

The album starts with the best and perhaps one of the most catchiest Jazz compositions ever written because with that funky piano and horn intro and then the rythmn that Art is pounding which he does not actually stray from at all gives the tune one great driving beat with all the band getting a shot at a solo except for Art and it is Lee Morgan who is first with an absolute pearler and does he make his trumpet wail at times with Benny Golson just as good on tenor. Bobby Timmons just keeps it all moving and swinging with his turn on piano with Jymie providing a lovely short one on bass to bring back that unforgettable theme. Jazz History most certainly and although all the others say that the Golson compositions are better and more complex it is "Moanin" that sticks and even people who are not really Jazz listeners stop and say what a great tune. It is all Benny Golson tunes bar the last which follow with 'Are You Real" following with the whole band coming straight in with Benny playing a great intricate solo with Lee Morgan following on trumpet and just listen to Art's drum roll when the soloists take their turn, sublime to say the least on this great up-tempo tune. "Along Came Betty" is written for a walk with its blues feel and although things are at at fairly slow tempo it is played beautifully with Lee and Benny providing the bulk of substance with their solos which are just right and keep that stride or jaunt just at the right walking time. "Drum Thunder ( Miniature) Suite" which is in three parts and is a chance for Art Blakey to show his stuff with mallets used at the first section to provide that exact thunderous opening with the horns providing a link but things change in the 2nd part of the suite ( Cry a Blue Tear) where Art changes rthymn with a slight Latin approach and just provides support but finishes up the suite (Harlems Disciples) with a great groove from the band and Art is pounding those skins in between to thunderous levels. Two more compositions with "Blues March" being precisely what its name states with a marching blues beat with Art putting that marching rthymn between each soloists shot with Lee followed by Benny but Bobby Timmons is superb with his input when his turn comes on piano. The old standard "Come Rain or Come Shine" is the closer and given a great light treatment retaining the original melody.

One of the first Jazz albums I ever bought and the copy on cd that I used was released way back in 1987 with the alternate take of Moanin' straight after the master. Yes they messed around with the track sequencing from the original issue but this time it is no matter for me as "Moanin" is still one of my all time favourite numbers in Jazz and hearing it twice in a row with the benefit of a slightly different version is pure hard boppin' joy. Absolutely essential for any Jazz collection with embarrasement being the only other option if someone asked you to play it for them. "What, you don't have Moanin".

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