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.

Jazzcourier, so glad you dropped in; these "wannabe's" think if they all stack up against me, that will give their nonsense some validity, but it only confirms what I have to deal with in order to enlighten them.

If you noticed, none of them responded to "Idle Moments" by Grant Green; they wouldn't know good jazz if it hit them upside the head with a guitar; but can they type.......After two or three hundred pages worth of "whatever", I still don't know what they said.

Do drop in more often.

Enjoy the music.

Frogman, did you know that Joe Henderson was the featured tenor man on "Idle Moments"? His solo on that jam is one of the most talked about among "Aficionados". Here's the real scoop on why that one cut is so long: Rudy Van Gelder is the timekeeper; he's responsible for turning on the light to signal it's time to wrap it up; but he was so caught up in Joe Henderson's solo that he decided to let him blow till he had said what all he had to say. That's the real deal on why that cut "Idle Moments" is so long.

Enjoy the music.
I invite all of you typists and Jazz amigos to join me on Fridays at KUNM.ORG to stream live (or check out the two week archive) for my edition of the Monday-Friday Jazz slot named (but not by me) "All that Jazz" we commence at 12:06 Mountain time and go to 1:30 pm.
   This week,April 29th, i will be celebrating the Birthday of Duke Ellington
on the actual date of his birth with music from the 20's to the 70's with the emphasis on lesser known and rarely heard works.Face it,most Ellington falls into this category. In the last few months there has been features on Billie Holiday,Jelly Roll Morton,John Coltrane,Nat King Cole,Charles Mingus,Benny GoodmanJoe Pass,Toots Thielmans,Charlie Parker and  even Grant Green, on his own and with Larry Young.Even mix in some living musicians (Toots is "retired") but the neglect of the great masters draws me to try to level the playing field and offer a little education and enlightenment that,obviously is sorely needed .Still some life out there on terrestrial radio,but the streaming option is great.I have listeners all over the world.
Yeah,enjoy the music..........
Orpheus, Green is legend and the 'Idle Moments' is a classic album. Somehow I am always reluctant to write about such well known records.
Imho we should write more about players and albums that are not so well known, in a hope that that sad fact might change, once when those album are heard by more people.
Here are couple of tunes of Tiny Grimes (b.1916.), one of earliest jazz guitarist, from 1958.album 'Blues Groove', on which he plays with great Coleman Hawkins on sax and Ray Bryant on piano, among others. The focus is, of course, on blues, but these guys sure can play. Note, Grimes plays 4 string guitar

Here are the links. Hope you will like it



That's a very good point of view Alex, and you have succeeded because I'm unfamiliar with Tiny Grimes. I'll listen and get back to you.

Enjoy the music.