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.
Hi Schubert - I was referring not to musical styles but to styles of horn playing.  Sound concepts, equipment played on, etc. The New York horn players in the not very distant past had a very distinctive style -  players like John Barrows, Gunther Schuller, who has recently been mentioned on this thread, Julie Landsman, Phil Meyers, etc. They all played the same make of instrument.  They of course had their own individual sound and style, but all very easily identified as New York as soon as you heard them start playing. All of these types of regional differences, both here in the US and all over the world, are fast disappearing nowadays, and this is a sad thing in my opinion. 
pjw, that live Sonny is incredible; hadn’t seen that.  One of the few players who can  pull off playing without a piano or other harmony instrument.  More live Sonny:



Thanks for the links. Love Sonny.

One of the first jazz discs I purchased was the 1957 2 disc set live at the Village Vanguard which is also a piano - less trio. the bass player were Wilbur Ware or Donald Baily and on drums were either Pete La Roca or Elvin Jones.
One of my favorite records in my collection, pjw.  The playing is outstanding.  I have the mono version and the sound is fantastic in its sense of aliveness.  One of my desert island recordings.