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.
What are your thoughts on the legendary Pat Metheny ?


I have his first recording Bright Size Life with Jaco on bass.
81563, as nobody wants to answer you question I might as well stick my big-mouth in .
You only have to listen to a few clips , whether you speak his language or not , to know that few players have as much to say as Metheny . That alone makes him top-drawer in my book  Off hand,.only jazz player that has even more to my hears is Gonzalo Rubalcaba .Sonny Still might be better as an improvisor but I don’t know enough about
Metheny’s music to be sure of that .