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.
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.
mary_jo, you’re exactly right; over 200 bpm. Most metronomes max out at around 208 or so and the Carnegie “Take Five” is played at a click or two even faster; probably 210. That’s fast! especially for music in 5/4.