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.


Sorry maybe I should have said "old regulars" meaning many posters here on JFA, besides the three I mentioned, that have been posting on a daily basis since the OP ten years ago.

You, stuartk, calgary, mahgister and a few others that have been posting regularly are now regulars whereas some of the older regulars have been absent for a while.....





Hello friend. Happy to hear from you and I was digging that Gillespie rendition of  Portrait Of Jenny.

Here is another beautiful rendition by Wes Montgomery, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb....

Portrait Of Jennie (Live At The Half Note, 1965) - YouTube


Still here, enjoying the posts.  Listening to a little Dexter Gordon at the moment.  I was out of the net for a while due to getting a new knee in May. :)



Well I hope the new knee works better then the old one...

Been reading Saxophone Colossus and playing lots of Rollins lately. His birthday is coming up on 7 September and he will be 93!

You know all the praise Sonny gets for the albums Way Out West and Saxophone Colossus and rightly so but all of his studio sessions are way above average and many just a notch below those aforementioned classics.

Sonny's first Blue Note recording is exceptional straight ahead jazz. Cant go wrong with Donald Byrd, Wynton Kelly and Max Roach helping out....

Sonny speedy improvisations here 

Sonnysphere (Rudy Van Gelder Edition/1999 Remaster/24 Bit Mastering) - YouTube

And Sonny plays slow improvisations with a beautiful loud, lush tone on his rendition of the Irish ballad from the musical How Are Things in Glocca Morra

How Are Things In Glocca Morra - Sonny Rollins - YouTube