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 was writing an answer to curiousjim and when I posted it I saw you had already answered while I was writing....

Here is the song Santana played with McLaughlin on the Electric Guitarist album

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I haven't owned "Electric Guitarist" or "Electric Dreams" since I got rid of all my vinyl in the early 90's. I think it's time to bring them back into the collection! 


'Fusion' is not my thing, so McLaughlin albums are rare in my collection, but I've got this somewhere...it is perhaps nice starting point for introducing to his sound, with lots of famous players featured on different songs


https://youtu.be/viDVXHyIbCo?feature=shared (Django, with J.Beck)



 I just started The Complete EmArcy recordings and so far A+!

You guys are incredible?


’Fusion’ is not my thing

I actually own very few Fusion CDs.

The difference I find with McLaughlin is his distinctive compositional sense which I very much happen to enjoy.

If you like that track "Django" , then perhaps you will like this ("New York On My Mind" from "Electric Guitarist"): 


I'm curious: what’s the difference, to you, between Jazz played on electric instruments and Fusion?