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.

@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


Sonny Rollins was in fact one of the first jazz players that I have listened to,as a child,  as my father had this album that he listened (still got that record) Its 'S.R. and contemporary players'


It was not so 'hard' sounding, so later when I start discovering more I bought these albums. At that time, I was coming out from listening 'rock' music, so this album also had a certain appeal, sound that resembled to certain prog rock music that I've listened  (and got over it.) 

S.R.'Horn Culture'


That led to his live 'Cutting Edge' album


Later got the one with Coleman Hawkins and that was it. Like Coltrane (have to admit) it was too much for me at the time and aldo I went back to him few times, his sound was never to my liking. 

I would say that lots of my jazz records that I bought first were from 70's jazz, music that somewhat sounded (to me anyway at the time) like 'rock' music of that era. As I have continued to listen jazz, I started more and more to appreciate 'older' stuff, first from 60's and than to 50's and still I have not returned to that 70's jazz sound.

One album of Dizzy Gillespie, from that period, one of the firsts I have bought called 'Real Thing'. When you listen it, you will know what I mean about that 'rock' conection that I speak about.