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.

Today ended sadly for me when I found out about the death of Ronnie Spector😪

I will always remember riding in the backseat of my mothers car with Ronnie’s beautifully piercing vocals coming out of the rear deck speakers behind me. They don’t make music like that anymore but in the 60’s it was sublime.

R.I.P. Ronnie

The Ronettes - Be My Baby / Shout (4k) - YouTube

acman, not much mention of McLaughlin here.  I became aware of him when he joined Miles for "In A Silent Way" and then "Bitches Brew".  Soon after that he became a leader for fusion with his group The Mahavishnu Orchestra.

Recently a writer contacted me online who is researching a book on The Mahavishnu Orchestra.  He found something I'd posted some time ago on an audio site listing favorite concerts.  One of those for me was seeing McLaughlin and TMO live back in 1972.  That was unforgettable with the energy and interplay among the five members of the band.