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 bet that was a great show!

@curiousjim Billy Cobham is an excellent drummer, whom I have had the pleasure of seeing live in a trio setting with bassist Ron Carter and Donald Harrison on tenor.

Cobham's first studio album as a leader, Spectrum, is one of my favorite jazz/rock fusion albums and on my desert island list

(1) Billy Cobham - Quadrant 4 - YouTube

The trio I saw

(1) Donald Harrison with Ron Carter & Billy Cobham - Seven Steps to Heaven - YouTube


So what’s the name of PM’s first album?

Paul Motian's debut album as a leader was with ECM and all of his ECM sessions, as well as Kenny Wheeler's I have and I like them.

Oh and KW’s first?

@curiousjim I've listened to about half of "1961". Good record when one is in the mood for some quiet sounds imo.

Also KW's first album on ECM is "Gnu High". Very highly recommended. I think it was just reissued on vinyl. Backup group is Keith Jarrett, Dave Holland and Jack Dejohnette.

PM's first ECM album was "Conception Vessel". Haven't played it in a long time.

There's an ECM enthusiasts group on Facebook that's fairly active; for streaming, I follow it and try to keep a list of the recordings that look interesting.

ECM has different branches or streams. It’s quite possible to enjoy one branch and not another...


I thought "dull mood music" pretty clear. But I can add more adjectives.

Boring, sleep inducing, uninspired "guitar twiddling" background music for calls on hold, elevator music, dentist office music.

Here is an example. It may not be an ECM session but the gist of it is present.

(1) Pat Metheny Group - Travels (1983) - YouTube