Jazz for aficionados

Jazz for aficionados

I'm going to review records in my collection, and you'll be able to decide if they're worthy of your collection. These records are what I consider "must haves" for any jazz aficionado, and would be found in their collections. I wont review any record that's not on CD, nor will I review any record if the CD is markedly inferior. Fortunately, I only found 1 case where the CD was markedly inferior to the record.

Our first album is "Moanin" by Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers. We have Lee Morgan , trumpet; Benney Golson, tenor sax; Bobby Timmons, piano; Jymie merrit, bass; Art Blakey, drums.

The title tune "Moanin" is by Bobby Timmons, it conveys the emotion of the title like no other tune I've ever heard, even better than any words could ever convey. This music pictures a person whose down to his last nickel, and all he can do is "moan".

"Along Came Betty" is a tune by Benny Golson, it reminds me of a Betty I once knew. She was gorgeous with a jazzy personality, and she moved smooth and easy, just like this tune. Somebody find me a time machine! Maybe you knew a Betty.

While the rest of the music is just fine, those are my favorite tunes. Why don't you share your, "must have" jazz albums with us.

Enjoy the music.
Here's some of mine, in roughly alphabetical order:

Louis Armstrong - Hot Five, Hot Seven
John Coltrane - Giant Steps, Blue Train
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue, Birth of the Cool
Bill Evans - Waltz for Debby, Sunday at the Village Vanguard
Ella Fitzgerald - Ella in Rome: The Birthday Concert, also all the songbooks
Wynton Marsalis - Majesty of the Blues, also the Standard Time series
Oscar Peterson - Peterson 6 at Montreux, We Take Requests

The 40th birthday concert of Ellas's in Rome is one of her lesser known albums, but if you don't know it, I urge you to find it. She is absolutely fantastic on it, and Oscar Peterson sits in near the end as well. I list the Peterson 6 at Montreux album for the incredible miking on it. If your system images well and has a good soundstage, this album will really show that off. It was a Pablo release. Another group I would suggest for those who like fusion music would be Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Fleck of course is the master of the banjo, and his bass player, Victor Wooten, is out of this world. Their debut album, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, is probably still my favorite.
I am glad you started this thread. My collection runs from Adams, Pepper to Young, Lester. So I will have to give it some thought. Of course I think they are all 'must have'

I did listen to the MOANIN" cd tonight. We tend to remember the 'hits' from these CDs and tend to not remember the other tunes, or the inner work going on within the 'hits'. 'Sidewinder' and 'Song for my Father', are other examples. The soloing on Moanin' by Morgan and Timmons is just awesome! Those are the details we tend to forget. Morgan is one of my favorite trumpet players. I love the way he bends notes. My next favorite was Blues Walk.

Will submit my 'Must Haves' later.

So many. Off the top of my head:

Oliver Nelson,"Blues And The Abstract Truth"
Eric Dolphy, "Out To Lunch"
Sarah Vaughn, "Live In Japan"
Clifford Brown, "With Strings"
John Coltrane, "Ballads"
Nancy Wilson, "With Cannonball Adderly"
Wayne Shorter, "Speak No Evil"
Shirley Horne, "Here's To Life"
Sonny Rollins, "Way Out West"
Joe Henderson, "Inner Urge"
Benny Goodman, "Sextet"
Cannonball Adderley, "With The Bossa Rio Sextet"
Miles, "Birth Of The Cool"

Gotta get to bed.
Now enjoying every and every tune of Espie Spalding. FINALLY true maestro gets Grammy!
Along the way I'm into fusion and free jazz:
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