Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Moanin'
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1959 Ratings: #5
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January 1959 / Release Date
LP / Format
Jazz / Genres
The Jazz Messengers / Primary Artists
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**@MickyT's 100**

Jazz go like *djshkjghdjhfsgkjhfdsgjhdkfhgkdjf*

Okay I'm just gonna make this really quick because I don't have anything particularly interesting to say. This is a really solid and well played jazz record, I just didn't have that strong of a reaction to it. Moanin' is by no means a boring release, but it didn't hit me too hard.
The History of the Albums - n°90

Although there may be debate, in addition to being one of the best Jazz drummers (see for me the best), Art Blakey can above all be considered as one of the best all genres combined in the history of music. In addition to having had an impact by innovating in several areas on his instrument, with his own techniques, he had an aggressive, almighty and thunderous style, totally out of the ordinary. Today it is a logical reference for many great drummers. He ... read more
Excited. That's one of the many ways I was feeling when listening to Moanin', pretty much everything about this album left me with a sense of admiration as each individual song just kept me intrigued, everything was constantly moving to point where it felt hypnotic. The musicianship is off the rails on here, not only in terms of it's compositions but also in it's technicality, especially Art Blakey himself on the drums and the Drum Thunder Suite is proof of that. Art gathered these talented ... read more
Listening to this on MQA is absolutely amazing. It really opens up the dynamics and expands what they are playing to another level. Listening to an old 50s recording 160-320 kps does not even compare, and it does the recording of this so wrong. I feel like to truly experience Art Blakey's vision, you need to listen to this album on vinyl, or on a FLAC.

Every single song brings you new ideas and implications of instruments that keep you intrigued throughout the entire thing. Art Blakey & ... read more
I ain't Moanin', I'm just over here vibin' to what may just be one of the most incredible jazz albums ever made.
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Track List

  1. Moanin'
  2. Are You Real
  3. Along Came Betty
  4. The Drum Thunder (Miniature) Suite
  5. First Theme: Drum Thunder
  6. Second Theme: Cry A Blue Tear
  7. Third Theme: Harlem's Disciples
  8. Blues March
  9. Come Rain Or Come Shine
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Added on: October 22, 2015