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.

Thank you Acman, that's the first time I ever saw her live; well almost live. I have CD's by her that I've just come to appreciate, and Houston Persons is a big plus.
Don’t know about “best”, but Herbie Hancock is definitely one of the best and he is far more than just a fusion artist.  His creds as a straight-ahead jazz artist are beyond reproach as his discography clearly demonstrates.  Like the recently discussed career of Miles Davis, with whom Herbie made some of the most memorable and important straight-ahead jazz ever recorded, Herbie’s solo career makes it almost impossible to compare recordings from different periods as they can be so different from the other.  He is also a very good Classical pianist.  As good an example of a genre-neutral player as there is.  The playing and creativity is always at the highest level no matter what style he plays; always with his own identifiable and very hip (modern) approach to harmony.  And funky as hell!  

Personally, I would say that Chick Corea is very much Herbie’s peer as a fusion player.  Corea’s Jazz creds, while not quite as impressive as Herbie’s are still very impressive in their own right.  Two different players stylistically with each having his own rhythmic touch.  To my ears, Herbie has the more obvious roots in the blues with a relentless soulfulness.  Corea’s playing, especially on his fusion projects, has always had for me a kind of wide-eyed “perkiness” with a rhythmic feel slightly more on the front side of the beat and brighter tone and chord voicings.  Neither is “better”; just different, imo.  Still, as far as overall influence in jazz, I think few players on any instruments have been as important as Herbie.



@rok2id - I know this is a Jazz forum but don't be afraid of what you don't know. The artist Kendrick Lamar was well deserving for his contribution to music and I have zero problem with him winning the award. The album Damn was as instrumental to some as the "What's Going On" album by the late Marvin Gaye in the early 70's. Now if rap is not your thing great, but that doesn't mean that we disrespect the work and contributions of others in that genre. Just keeping it real!


Acman, thanks, glad you like it. 
When it comes to music sources, I am kind of old fashioned, like to hold my albums in the hand. Not using pc audio of any kind, but I am aware that due to limited size of market for jazz, there is possibility that some music will never again be reissued on physical medium, which is pity.

One more from west coast, available on cd...(I might posted it before)

Bud Shank and Bob Cooper 'Blowin Country' from 1958.



Another one bites the dust.

Another American institution slides into vulgar mediocrity.

This prize has been awarded since 1943.  Most have been won by Classical artist.   A few Jazz notables would be Ornette Coleman, Wynton Marsalis and Henry Threadgill.    There may be a few others.

None of them my cup of tea, save Wynton.   But tea has nothing to do with it.

Now take a moment and think.  Of all  the Pop artist that have come and gone since 1943, that did not win this prize, why this guy?

Any great albums produced since 1943? 

KOB?  Thriller?  Ray Charles' Modern sounds of Country and Western Music.  Ellington?   Monk?   Armstrong?   Parker / Gillespie?  all the great Rock groups, Motown,   the list goes on and on.

Game changers.

So now we have a Pulitzer  winner with a Parental Advisory on the cover.

They said it represents the 'complexity' of African-American life.  I wonder how many Black people were on the panel that made this decision.

Ain't progress grand?