This is How Moanin’ is Done

Moanin’ by Bobby Timmons is a great tune. Here it is played by the great Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Some of the best jazz players came up through Blakey’s group. This version of Moanin’ features 24-year old Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, who takes the first solo. Also is Blakey on drums, Cedar Walton on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, Wayne Shorter on sax, and Curtis Fuller on the ‘bone.

The tune is deceptively simple, but it’s easy to rush those quarter note and dotted quarter note rhythms. If you’re not paying attention, you’re gonna speed up instead of laying it back.  Here’s how it’s done right, and Freddie blows a killer improvised solo. (mp3)

Play along. Changes in C are here (thanks to MRB). Real Book, vol. 2 in which Moanin’ appears can be found in C (piano, guitar, etc.)Bb (trumpet, clarinet, t. sax)Eb (alto sax) and bass clef.

Want to learn more about the best ways to practice? Get an e-mail with a discount code when The Practice of Practice by Jonathan Harnum is published (June, 2014). To learn more about the book, check out a sample from The Practice of Practice.

Find recordings by Musicians in the Clip:

HubbardBlakey(d), Walton(p), Workman(b), Shorter(as), & Fuller(tb)

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