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.

Red Garland


Prestige Records   1957 / 2007

"I remember the sessions well, I remember how the musicians wanted to sound, and I remember their reactions to the playbacks.  Today, I feel strongly that I am their messenger." -- Rudy van Gelder

I can't decide who is worst, this guy or Granz.

Soul Junction


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Some timely suggestions @acman3 , i just happened on Lionel Loueke yesterday. Spotify has its moments :-) 

One fantastic live recording i found and would like to contribute is Houston Person Live in Paris. It satisfies musically and from an engineering perspective.

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But nature can exist without us and we surely cannot exist without nature...

Are we, between the beauty of the dawn and the sunset, doomed to suffer? If yes, at least that doesn’t happen in the silence.

We have music.

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