Art Blakey & Jazz Messengers – Moanin – 180 Gram, Vinyl, LP, Reissue, Blue Note, 2021

Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. 1958’s Moanin’ – featuring the great drummer w/ trumpeter Lee Morgan, tenor saxophonist Benny Golson, pianist Bobby Timmons, & bassist Jymie Merritt – was the perfect crystallization of the band’s bluesy, soulful sound, & it still stands today as perhaps the most quintessential hard bop recording of all-time. The album also introduced several indelible Golson compositions that would become standards of the jazz songbook including “Along Came Betty” & “Blues March.”