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

ART BLAKEY — Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers (aka Moanin') album cover Album · 1959 · Hard Bop Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
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.
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