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.
Since you folks insist on leaving the Jazz reservation, why not go here.  Gotta listen at volume!  A lot going on here.



Rok, I can leave the reservation any time for music like that. Late night and a glass of wine (or whatever), and the volume up a notch.

Here's another one from the same album; it's instrumental, closer to the jazz reservation. This music is also well recorded.


Enjoy the music.

Rok, when I was in LA sometime ago, there was a car in front of "Dino's" that looked like that, two tone and all. I could not name one single car parked in front of "Dino's". I asked the guy showing me around LA, if we should stop at "Dino's" and have a drink. Those cars parked out front told us the answer to that question, he just smiled.

Enjoy the music.

I've got a question for all jazz musicians; say you come to St. Louis and you want to gig. Since you're a well known artist, that wont be an especially big problem, but you want two more musicians to form a trio. This was in 1969; whatever difference that would make between now and then, you would know.

How do you select and get these other two musicians. All you'll be playing is improvisational jazz, no "Moonlight In Vermont" or other standards, just straight up jazz; who do you call to get these other two musicians?

Enjoy the music.