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.

Chico Hamilton, who was a West Coast drummer, evolved into one of my favorite musicians. I never thought of him as a drummer, for the same reason I never thought of Mingus as a bassist. They were just very creative musicians.

After the West Coast thing, Chico captured my attention with "Conquistadores". I played it over and over; each time it sounded better than the time before. Here it is for your enjoyment.


Now, I probably have more Chico Hamilton LP's and CD's than any other single artist; he comes out of so many different bags, that you never know what he's going to do next. I'll just give you whatever I can find that's on you tube which is also in my collection.



Enjoy the music.
Really like Elian. Your mention of Jarret spurred me to mention his Koln Concert album, which I have loved since college. It was the perfect album to put on the turntable at 4:00 a.m. after coming home from a party.
"Paul Desmond, who Bird considered one of his favorite alto players (now, THAT'S food for thought!) "

More like Heresy or indigestion!!


Got the Koln Concert on LP while in Germany, about a zillion years ago. Have since got it on CD. It exposed me to something different. One of my favorites now. I think the last Jarrett I purchased was him with Charlie Haden. 'JASMINE' I am not sure he will ever surpass KOLN.

O-10 Thanks for the great music posts. I gotta get some. I would tell Frogman thanks but I can't connect to his. And Frogman, Rok2id and Pnmeyer I was born in '56 and never exposed to a lot of jazz so some of these is new to me but checking it out is some great stuff. Thanks.