Ray Manzarek: The Jazzman Before The Doors (Revised)

Thursday, 23 May 2013 06:18 AM Written by 

Ray Manzarek was a pretty formidable jazz player before he ever met Jim Morrison. This trio performance came from his UCLA period.  The following two numbers were recorded at the legendary West Coast jazz club The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, California on March 29, 1961 with bassist John Halliberton and drummer Sam Beale.  The material was later released along with "'Round Midnight," "Joey" and "Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise."

This is their attempt at "Moanin," the Hard Bop tune made famous by Pittsburgher Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, written by the band's then-pianist Bobby Timmons. 

Another tune, an original called "Ikin Retnin."  Manzarek explains the origins.



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