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 thanks for the link on that Mclean disc. I will probably end up buying it. Glad you saw Miles. I did not because I discovered the beauty of Jazz when I was around 30 and Miles was gone. I was strictly a rock & roller until the early 90's when I grew tired of its repetitive (at times) nature. I still dig rock but I'm much more selective now.

That Miles Electric DVD is well worth it. The first 40 minutes or so is interviews with Miles and many great musicians and the second 40 minutes or so is the entire Isle of Wight show. One song, 40 plus minute jam session with no title!
As I listen to “Quiet Kenny” I just want to mention him as one of the great trumpeters of his or any time. This session showcases him accompanied only by piano, bass and drums. Don’t often hear that. Kenny had a beautiful  tone and styling. 
Sidetracked by dark and calm sound of cello being successfully opposed to the bright and vivacious sound of kora, I'm posting Chamber Music - album by Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal