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.
Great choices, Alex. Interesting, I had forgotten how much faster they played “Take Five” at the Carnegie concert. At first I thought it might be a technical speed issue with that particular upload to Youtube and checked my lp; but that is the actual tempo they took it at. Must have been the excitement of and from the live audience. I’m reposting for comparison:


The studio version:

fro, (jazz is hard to follow) when measuring the bpm, the drummer is the band official’s metronome? It is over 200 at live version/Take five, right? This is not serious question, I was just playing with it on the mobile Metronome app (5/4 measure or..?). I am "sucker" for rhythm (crazy about it in every possible piece of music). I could listen Take five all day long.

pjw81563, man, I heard "Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This" for the first time, long time after you. This song, if I am not mistaken, was her/Eurythmics breakthrough hit. Sadly, I neglected listenin’ Annie in her latest performances. Thanks to you, I will now correct that.

pjw, you are not separate from me, I never trashed my rock or blues records either.

As I’ve related here previously, my early musical influences were the ’30s and ’40s jazz played frequently at home by my dad. Then I became a teenager about the time rock and roll emerged in popularity so that became my main focus. Over the years I added other genres to my interests and continued to expand my collection for each one.

So today, while jazz remains my first choice, I do listen to a wide variety of other musical types. It all depends on my mood and which way the wind is blowing. ;^)

PS, to prove the point, I happen to also have "Bundles".
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RIP Jerry Gonzalez.  Latin Jazz legend and founder of the Fort Apache Band.  Killed in a fire at his home in Madrid.