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.

Had it for a while, did not listened to it and now really enjoing it. Very nice album, stellar line up. Perhaps some of you may like it too...

Don Wilkerson ’Texas twister’


P.S. Dont know the reason, but the recording via ytube sounds like its ’spinning’ faster than the actual album on cd that I listen to. In fact, listening via ytube music sounds annoying, not even close to the ’real thing’. Do not use ’pc audio’ otherwise, so do not know what you might expect on other platforms, but if you are still buying cd’s like me, I recommend that one. They are really ’cooking’ on that album...

I haven’t been participating in this thread very long so I don’t know if he’s been mentioned but what about Eric Alexander? He and Harold Mabern had a long partnership.

Here’s a taste:



And another, less-often-mentioned player -- Bob Berg: