VERY GOOD 1958 Blue Note Records release by fab soul jazz group, including two version of 'Moanin'. This flavor of jazz combo music was part of the economic evolution of smaller hard bop performance groups with a trumpet and sax duo than the previous larger swing bands.
I particularly enjoyed the trumpet playing of Lee Morgan on this and future records and was surprised to only recently learned about his death at Slugs' Saloon, a jazz club in New York City's East Village where his band was performing. Following an altercation between sets, Morgan's common-law wife Helen Moore (a.k.a., Helen Morgan) shot him. The injuries were not immediately fatal, but the ambulance was slow in arriving on the scene as the city had experienced heavy snowfall which resulted in extremely difficult driving conditions. They took so long to get there that Morgan bled to death. He was 33 years old.
Moanin’ made its way into my heart via Shinichiro Watanabe’s inscrutable anime “Kids on the Slope.” While the show wasn’t great, this album is. The title track is probably the most earwormy jazz you’ll ever hear.
Another bit of classic jazz. I liked track 5, and to a lesser extent, tracks 2, 6, and 8.
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