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.

One of the commenters said "Cuba is the richest poor country in the world".   I tend to agree.



Great posts on Fela Kuti songs.  I would have posted him myself but did not think anyone would know him. I followed his career from late 70's , own a dozen of his lps. IMO the most important artist from the african peninsula . His music was  not only was rooted with strong african rhythms but he studied here and  spoke of Sly Stone and Miles as influences. His music was comlex but accesible, had great solos but made you want to get up and dance.
The cut you posted was a little more out to my ears  than anything he did but still excellent.. On top of everything were anti-government lyrics in a country where it was  very risky to do that. Long live Fela Kuti's music!!