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.
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!


nsp, I'm glad you enjoyed Oran Etkin; the fact that you reviewed him, will encourage me to post more new jazz.

Straight ahead jazz plus world music on a bass clarinet, sounds like an interesting combination; let me see what I can find.



The more I listen to Oran the better I like him. What I detest is "stereotypical" jazz; that's when someone recreates all of the most typical riffs and phrases they've heard, and it always sounds like something I've heard before. If it's going to be new, make it "new"

An old tune played with a different kind of horn;