Art Blakey led The Jazz Messengers for 30 years and in that time the band had dozens lineups. The sextet mentioned in Frank’s tweet was the lineup from 1961-1964. This grouping made five albums that I could find. The most popular album was 1964’s “Free For All.” I decided to go with a live video instead so you can see the band in action. Here are Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers from 1962 with “Moanin’.”
I was moanin’ myself a couple of nights ago. I have a few dietary restrictions I’ve got to follow or I suffer really intense internal consequences. It’s no big deal as long as I’m careful and I’m usually pretty good about it because the alternative is grizzly. Well a couple of nights ago I tried something new without reading the label first. I shall spare you the details but let us say I’m not eager to go there again any time soon. Nothing stops these attacks once I stupidly set one in motion except time and whimpering. Now I’m thinking maybe I should make myself an iPod playlist of medicinal jazz. A song like “Moanin’” is bound to have healing properties!