Moanin' (Digipack Edition)
Lee Morgan (tp), Benny Golson (ts), Bobby Timmons (p), Jymie Merritt (b), Art Blakey (d)
This release contains the complete original album "Moanin´", which is widely regarded as one of the finest albums in the history of Blakey´s Jazz Messengers. It was the first LP by the third formation of the group, featuring Lee Morgan, Benny Golson (composer of most of the songs) & Bobby Timmons. As a bonus, we have added four extended tunes recorded immediately afterwards in Paris, two of which ("Are You Real" &" Moanin") are versions of songs from the studio album.
Digipak Edition, includes a 12-page booklet.
01. Moanin 9:34
02. Are You Real 4:50
03. Along Came Betty 6:11
04. The Drum Thunder Suite 7:35
05. Blues March 6:17
06. Come Rain Or Come Shine 5:47
07. I Remember Clifford 5:43 (*) Live Bonus Track
08. Are You Real 10:27 (*) Live Bonus Track
09. Moanin 13:38 (*) Live Bonus Track
10. Whisper Not 7:31 (*) Live Bonus Track
Total Time: 77:37 min.
Originally issued as Blue Note (BLP 4003).
Lee Morgan (tp), Benny Golson (ts), Bobby Timmons (p), Jymie Merritt (b), Art Blakey (d). Recorded at Rudy Van gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, October 30, 1958.
Bonus Tracks: same personnel, recorded live at the Olympia, Paris, France, November 22 (tracks #7-8) and December 17 (tracks #9-10), 1958.
"Art Blakey's classic Blue Note album, Moanin', has seen more than its share of reissuing and modified packaging since its initial release in 1958. This SACD edition (which has no reference to the title on the front booklet cover, yet retains the original artwork and music) features an alternate take of the title track, and a small vocal clip of Lee Morgan and Rudy Van Gelder conversing. Other than that, its an enhanced audio version of some of the greatest music Blakey produced in the studio with arguably his very best band. While most fans will already have this material, it is the audiophile jazz lover who will appreciate the digitally reproduced depth of field and sharply accented sound quality they can now hear from an analog recording done some 50 years prior. 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."
Michael G. Nastos -All Music Guide