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.
Found this little gem today. Harry Allen seems to come directly out of the Coleman Hawkins line skipping Coltrane. Smulyan is always good! And then there is Eric Alexander.

Here's one from my side of town!  If yr feeling adventurous and are in the NYC area, this band's playing at Carnegie Hall tonight!  The Dafnis Prieto Big Band.  This is the title tune from his latest, the tune features his old boss; Henry Threadgill.  The tune is a 'bolero', Paquito D'Rivera sez a bolero is just a ballad with a side order of rice & beans!;)  A beautiful tune from an outstanding new release!  

I return you to yr regularly scheduled programming!;)
Great clips, acman3. And good analysis of the Harry Allen clip; I agree. Harry Allen has been a fixture on the still fairly vibrant Swing scene in NYC along with others like Ken Peplowski and Frank Vignola; great player. That recording is new to me and one to put on my list to buy. Thanks! Interesting that they went for the sound of the “Four Brothers” saxophone section sound with three tenors and baritone. When I hear current players like Allen, Smulyan and Magnarelli it’s obvious Jazz is not going anywhere.

Good to see you back, Chazro. Dafnis Prieto is a force of nature. Amazing drummer with an uncanny ability with multi-rhythms. Thanks for the clip. I checked out some of the cuts from that record and I like them a lot. I posted this a while back. May not seem like much at first, but it’s pretty amazing. His sense of time is remarkable in its ease and ability to pull the listener in.


I like Dafnis’ big band record a lot.  I tried, I really tried with Henry Threadgill on that big band clip. I do get it. I know he is a bit of a giant in the “out”/avant-garde scene, and he does have some moments in that solo when he sounds highly emotive and lyrical (in a way).  But, I just can’t get past that sound and funky (as in bad) intonation. The “out” guys sometimes get a free pass on those aspects of playing. In certain settings that aesthetic actually works well. In a ballad (bolero) like this, I’m not so sure. Just me.

In the studio with Dafnis’ big band:


More Dafnis Prieto: