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.
Nsp, re Parker, nice post, nothing more should be said about it.

As for West Coast jazz clips, glad you like it ,I do too, posted many albums of ’that side’.
Sometimes I am reluctant to post something again, aldo we are doing it quite often here, as I have tried to post some artists or albums that are not so well known, despite Frogman’s opinion that there is rightful reason for their obscurity (not taking that against him,ha,ha)

Here is another sax player from west coast, who played with many famous artist, but perhaps because he left the States early was not so remembered.

Its Herb Geller, here on album ’Stax of sax’


Incidentally, he plays along Victor Feldman, british piano, vibe and drumm player, who played with Shelly Manne (as y have mentined him) on series of his live albums from Black Hawk.

Feldman also played with Cannonball sextet, as well as on his solo albums and some of them are quite good.

I even believe Feldman was not mentioned before. Some of his solo work...

’The arrrival of V.F’ from 1958.with Scott La Faro and Stan Levey


’Merry olde soul’ from 1960/61.

Great post, nsp.

Very nice clips, Alex; thanks. Funny, I made that comment once or twice a long time ago about some specific players and that comment has been quoted many times by one of our esteemed posters. As you know, I am not a fan of generalities and I hope the fact that I wasn’t particularly impressed with specific players does not deter you from posting lesser knowns.  I certainly value lesser known players as part of the complete picture. A perfect example of the problem with generalities is your post on Herb Geller; I posted Herb Geller clips several months ago and like his playing very much as I have some others. How is Mary_Jo doing?
Listening to the great organist Joey Defrancesco, man he got some Jimmy Smith and Dr. Lonnie Smith in him. He’s a bad man!

@bluesy41 - I love Joey DeFrancesco. Have you hear his album - "Incredible!" w/special guest - Mr. Jimmy Smith? Also, his album "Live at the 5 Spot" is great, with many special guests. My favorite track from that record is "Moonlight in Vermont" featuring Houston Person. I'm a big fan of Mr. Houston Person. Great stuff.....
@reubent - No I haven’t heard “Incredible” but I Live at the 5 Spot is next. Yeah he’s amazing!