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 dont like all of his huge output ... Complete free jazz...

But i am fascinated by some of his music and personnality...

The musicians around him are fascinated by him and tell a very interesting story...

If you have time listen to a documentary , because his personnality is very related to his music and help a lot to understand the real genius behind the music ... ...

I already posted a masterpiece by him and Walt Dickerson : " Visions "

He made another masterpiece with him :

" Impression of a patch of blue"


His ouput is not commercial nor a "finished" delivered product most of the times as "visions" or "impression of a patch of blue "... But it is a giant anyway ... It is music always in the making ... He played all day long without stop really ... The studio are only some marked spot without great meaning on his ongoing playing process 24 hours /24 without end , some musicians could not escape at all and stay with him and worship him till today.........

i even purchased his bio because nobody is so into music that this man as Bach was ...But it is not easy to listen and not fun all the times... Sun Ra like Scriabin is an acquired taste and a learning ... I learned a lot trying to understand him... i learned that music is here to terraform a new earth , exactly the same project as Scriabin , but with jazz... it is more than mere music for entertainment as Scriabin was or Bach...

No doubt he is a creative mind of the first order in music ....

The question at the end and in the beginning is not about loving or not Sun Ra music, but feeling his goal listenintg it... After all not every musician has as only goal to transform the planet itself...



Then dont try to like him and his music... Try to decipher his bio trough youtube documentary and listen to him at small dose for fun ... Sometimes you will hate it sometimes not ...You will see the effects...😊

Does anyone here like Sun Ra? He’s put out a ton of albums, but I really can’t listen to any of them.

Is it just me?

Like him or not, Sun Ra music come from jazz and is described as free jazz...

Wrote to wikipedia and advise them to change their labelling... Guess what will be the reaction ?

When we dont like someone we dont expell him from history because our taste said so..

I dont like Stockhausen nor Varese nor Xenakis but it is important part of classical music history...




Just because music is improvised, does not make it Jazz.




@stuartk Middletown NY is about an hour and half north of Mid Town Manhattan. I pass by it often while taking 87N to the Albany area in my semi. I also have a friend who has a house and 45 acres there.

Of note is that the small town of Goshen, just south of Middletown, was the birthplace of Willie The Lion Smith, one of the greatest American jazz pianists and a big influence for Fats Waller and Duke Ellington.

The Lion:

(2) Willie The Lion Smith - Fingerbuster - YouTube