#8- The Best of Hard Bop: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers


This week, Scott, Karl, and Trent listen to Art Blakely and the Jazz Messengers’ most archetypal and popular album release, Moanin’.

Recorded in 1958 for the Blue Note label and released the following year, the LP was originally self-titled, but the instant popularity of the opening track “Moanin’” (by pianist Bobby Timmons) led to its becoming known by that title.

As some of hard bop’s signature tunes, expect to hear 40 minutes of improvisation, swinging rhythms, and an aggressive, driving rhythm section in the album.

Known for more than just his impressive drumming skills, Blakey was a mentor and talent scout for over 20 years. Scott says, “Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers was an important finishing school for jazz musicians.”

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