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.

Been playing this one a lot on Amazon Music and I finally managed to buy a copy on EBay.

Bass clarinet is in the air. I had just sent a friend an email in a discussion about the bass clarinet. Seconds before listening to mksun’s Evan Parker clip in which the first thing I heard was the bass clarinet. Interesting clip.

Paul, will keep it short, but you can write me on fb. Burmester is cheaper in Europe,than in the States, so aldo still expensive, its not out of the reach for 'normal' people. The 089 model is still in the production, unchanged, as far as I know, as are many other their gear. I bought mine almost two years ago, from 'friendly dealer' as a store demo, with good discount, of course. Previously I had 001 twice, also belt driven model and had no troubles with it at all, for years . Burmester is known for providing care and service for discounted models as well and is very well built.In time when cd's in general, along with players, are considered as 'obsolete', I wanted something that I could continue to use for years to come

Niels Henning Orsted Peterson could solo a little.

Love Billy Higgins, Frogman. I don't think I have heard that recording.


A lot of people, when buying/listening to Joe Henderson music, typically concentrate on his first 5 albums recorded on the Blue Note label and rightly so as all 5 are masterpieces.

However, Joe's output between 1970 through the late 90s are some of his best sessions. Experimentally stretching into many world influences, new takes on standards, civil rights movement themes and even a big band. Joe has turned into one of my favorite artists and, in the words of our OP, deserves repeated listenings constantly in our must listen rotation. 

Here are 2 of Joe's songs from his take on Gershwin's Porgy and Bess opera.

Chaka Kahn vocals on 1st tune and Sting on the next