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.

Re: Sun Ra

The Sun Ra Arkestra Musica Director, Marshall Allen, is 99 years old and, by the look of him and the way he speaks, is healthy in body and mind. 

(2) Sun Ra Arkestra's 99-year-old director says musical inspiration keeps him energized - YouTube



Sun Ra music is not a commercial product , it was an experience to live in real time... Cd give an idea and also listen to those musicians who experienced this for decades with NO real MONEY, NO real FAME ...Only the musical experience 7 days/7 days ...

I dont like and i dont hate Sun Ra music ... I am interested and fascinated by the character and some of his musical output revealing a great musician ... A genius if the word means something but not only a musical genius but genius as a human being ...



Yes -- I’m familiar with Goshen but had no idea it was the birthplace of a well known Jazz pianist. My grandparents lived for a long time in Slingerlands, outside of Albany-- we made many trips up and down the Thruway when I was a kid!

The only other guy I’m aware of who’s from the Hudson Valley is the guitarist John Platania, best known for his work with Van Morrison, purportedly born near Woodstock. The 1980 live at Montreux dvd is a great example of his tasteful playing and a killer show, overall, for Morrison Fans. What a pity this is not available as an audio CD!



RE: "free Jazz at its best", the older I get, the less tolerance I have for disharmony, whether political or musical. Not saying this is necessarily a good thing, but it’s what’s true in my case. Perhaps, were the world less chaotic (or I more centered), I’d feel differently.

It's fascinating what M. Allan says about every listener coming to the music wanting something different, and how what Allen plays is a "spiral, never-ending", which allows each listener to get what they seek from the music, "when it's their turn".  I guess I'd have to listen to more Sun Ra to see if, in fact, the music does come around to a point where it's "my turn".