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.


I've got S. Colossus, Newk's Time, and Plus Four (w. Clifford Brown). At this point, these are the three I like the most. I like Stitt so I'll try Sonny Side Up.  


Stuartk, we can be friends, but I have gotten rid of girlfriends for less.😂

Fair enough. Of the three you've linked, I do like the Live at the Vanguard trio stuff. I've been remiss in not buying that one!  I'd like the Bridge if it weren't for Jim Hall -- he always sounds so "polite" and "professorial" to me. I have Boss Tenors by Ammons and Stitt, so it's no stretch for me to enjoy the "All Stars Sessions" you've linked to.

It may be a heresy but I much prefer Joe Henderson and Wayne Shorter to Coltrane, Rollins. 

I prefer these two also...

It may be a heresy but I much prefer Joe Henderson and Wayne Shorter to Coltrane, Rollins.

The 2 albums i like the most with Sonny Rollins is with Coleman Hawkins...

And this one :

The Definitive Sonny Rollins on Prestige, Riverside, and Contemporary




And i am "ashamed" to say that i like Sadao Watanabe ...😊


I have all the usual Sonny Rollins must haves. I always think of him as being a different breed of sax player. Aloof / Loner. Something.  Too much improvisation?

My latest is his CD with the MJQ. Have not opened it yet.



@rok2id MJQ is a great session with Sonny.....

I worked along side Percy Heath's son Stuart in the construction business.

Do you have vol. 1 and 2?

Anyway Blue 7 from Saxophone Colossus is outstanding...

Sonny Rollins - Blue 7 - YouTube