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.
wolf_garcia & alex

...what’s the difference between a rock musician and a jazz musician? The rock musician plays 3 chords for 1000 people, the jazz musician plays 1000 chords for 3 people. And that’s the way it is.

As for the complete change in social behaviour. It’s for worst, probably. Other people might disagree. 

One more song from Billy...
Lush Life

I can't resist posting here today about two things (I have always been "lurking" here every so often catching up on the thread).  

First, RIP Roy Hargrove. The trumpet world and the jazz world have lost another one way too early.  Got to hear him live a few different times. 

Second, there are some good book recommendations here lately. I wanted to add my standard recommendation to anyone who wants to appreciate the music they listen to more, no matter what style/genre it is. This is the composer Aaron Copland's famous book, What To Listen For In Music. The examples are mostly from the classical world, but it applies to any and all types of music. It would be a good starting place or at least supplement to the good books mentioned here specifically about jazz. 
Very funny joke but sadly all too true. I have witnessed this personally where jazz musicians play to maybe 10 people and 6 of them are eating dinner and talking to each other not paying attention to the excellent music being played. shameful.