Moanin' is widely regarded as one of the finest albums in the history of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. It was the first LP by the third formation of the group, featuring Lee Morgan, Benny Golson, Bobby Timmons and Jymie Merritt. Benny Golson is one of the last living legends of that era (he is 89 years-old at this writing). He wrote four of the songs from Moanin'. Pianist Bobby Timmons stayed with Blakey from 1958 to 1961. He participated on some of the best Jazz Messengers recordings (including, of course, the present album), and contributed such hits of his own as the title track, “Moanin'”.