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.

Priceless skit - Barbutti does the lower-rung player perfectly.  Love him gearing up with the mute, then throwing in one note.  We've all been there.

Great photo! Incredibly, no recording exists of that night; nor of that very quartet. Shame!

Outstanding Bird. With Mingus and Roy Haynes, but no Monk; and Wardell Gray sounding great.  Nice liner notes included.  

Great Baker photo! Always interesting how one can extrapolate about an artist’s music from a photograph of the person.


I think this is a favorite of Rok as well; even though it is unlikely Miles ever played 5th trumpet anywhere 😎