Moanin’ is a jazz album by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers recorded in 1958 for the Blue Note label.
This was Blakey’s first album for Blue Note in several years, after a period of recording for a miscellany of labels, and marked both a homecoming and a fresh start. Originally the LP was self-titled, but the instant popularity of the bluesy opening track “Moanin'” (by pianist Bobby Timmons) led to its becoming known by that title.
The album stands as one of the archetypal hard bop albums of the era, for the intensity of Blakey’s drumming and the work of Morgan, Golson and Timmons, and for its combination of old-fashioned gospel and blues influences with a sophisticated modern jazz sensibility. The album was identified by Scott Yanow in his Allmusic essay as one of the 17 Essential Hard Bop Recordings.
- Moanin’ (Bobby Timmons) – 9:30
- Are you Real (Benny Golson) – 4:45
- Along Came Betty (Benny Golson) – 6:09
- The Drum Thunder Suite (Benny Golson) – 7:15
First theme: Drum Thunder – 6:19
Second theme: Cry a Blue Tear – 5:50
Third theme: Harlems Disciples – 3:25
- Blues March (Benny Golson) – 6:53
- Come Rain or Come Shine (J.Mercer, H. Arlen) – 5:45
- Moanin’ (alternate take) – 3:53
Lee Morgan – Trumpet
Benny Golson – Tenore sax
Bobby Timmons – Piano
Jimmy Merritt – Doublebass
Art Blakey – Drumset