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.

Cuban music is the greatest Latin American music of all. For many years I've been into Brazilian music, and now I realize Cuba influenced Brazil and all the rest of the Latin American musicians. After listening to this CD of Cuban music, my memory was vaguely flooded with music from old movies portraying something or another in Brazil, Mexico, or elsewhere in Latin America, but they always used "Cuban music" and never gave them credit. Could it have anything to do with the fact that so many Cuban musicians were "Black". Does anybody remember "Ricky Ricardo" with his Cuban band? I rest my case.

Enjoy the music.
Frogman, asere molina! I thought I was the only hispanic (PR) hangin' around here! Well, this opens up a WHOLE new area for exploration!;) Latin Jazz is my favorite genre and IMO Cuba always was, and remains, the primary source for cutting edge musica latino! As with regular Jazz, it frustrates me that the usual emphasis and focus always seems to be music from the past or music that sounds like it was recorded in the past. Don't get me wrong, I've got nothing but love and admiration for the old stuff, it's just that there's so much new music to be discovered and enjoyed. I guess it's harder these days to give unheard and unknown artists a shot. So I'm curious, do you listen to contemporary Cuban music? This weekend I was listening to (amongst other things): Orlando 'Maraca' Valle & his Latin Jazz All-Stars - Live from Havana, German Velasco & Jorge Reyes - Live from Cuba, Interactivo (spectacular group!) - Cubanos Por El Mundo, Manuel Valera (grammy nominated record) - The New Cuban Express. How about Timba? Manolito Simonet Y Su Trabuco, Tiempo Libre, jeez I could just go on and on....Howzabout Dafnis Prieto, Cubanisimo, Paquito D'Rivera, NG La Banda....like I said, I could go on but I guess it's time to return this thread to it's regularly scheduled programming!!;)
All the so-called latin stuff is derived from people of African decent. Even is places like Peru.

Hi Chazro, I mentioned More and Aragon only because they relate to Buena Vista SC, the reason the discussion turned to Cuban music of that period; which was already a departure from the OP's theme. I completely agree there is a tremendous amount of great modern Cuban music, and yes I listen to all of it including the artists you mention. I would also add to your great list: Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Irakere, Chucho Valdez, and Alfredo Rodríguez, one of the young Cuban rising stars:


Something fun from one on your list, Dafnis Prieto a genius percussionist if there ever was one:

There you go again, Rok. Why make a provocative comment that not only is factually incorrect in it's omissions, but seems to diminish the validity of "all the so-called latin stuff"?

Your comment shortchanges the equally important influences of European (Spanish), Arab, and in the case of Peru, Andean musics. Sure, the African influence is obvious in the rhythmic structure of Latin music, but there is a whole lot more going on in it than that. You might want to reconsider your assertion.