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.

Thanks very much ...

I know this Ron Carter album with Sadao... Sadao never studied formally , it is a self taught player who do the best when he go minimally... It is most of the times... I like him as much as other player minimalistic too as Shorter or Desmond for example on many albums...

I like the tone texture of the sax more in his melodic flowing than in its stimulating for sure harmonic explosions... Trumpet is no more my best instrument in jazz with piano, i added bass ( because of my high end headphone clearer rendition, my past speakers were limited in a way my headphone are not they sound like speakers+good subs it is the best purchase of my life ) and sax.... I appreciated more jazz musicians than ever ...Even Hammond  organ and especially guitar and even trombone with the great Steve Turre who i admire a lot ...

I already know these albums of Sadao though...

But i did not know at all the belgian guitarist really... I dont remember him...

I will explore then thanks...😊

Wow! i love him right now... I just let him play... Thanks ...i am in love with some guitar sound...This is one.... Django Reinhardt influence is behind him way more than Wes Montgomery but he play completely in his own way , amazing... ( i own a big box of Wes by the way which i listen often )...

I just realized that i own at least one album of Chet Baker with Thomas... ( i forgot because i have 100 albums of Chet Baker, i discovered jazz thanks to him 30 years ago 😊 )



I know how much you like Sadao Watanabe. I dont know if you have this or heard of it but its a great live recording with Sadao in the company of Ron Carter on bass, Hank Jones on piano and the great Tony Williams on the kit.

Sadao plays blistering choruses and solos throughout....

Ron Carter - playlist by Paul Irishman | Spotify

(1) Ron C̲a̲r̲t̲e̲r̲, Hank J̲o̲n̲e̲s̲,̲ Sadao W̲atanabe,̲ Tony Wi̲l̲l̲iams ̲– Ca̲r̲n̲a̲v̲al (19̲8̲3̲)̲ - YouTube

Also wanted to ask if you know about the great Belgium jazz guitarist Rene Thomas. He was a great friend of Sonny Rollins and played with him when Sonny toured Europe in the 50s and 60s. They also played together at Jazz Middlheim in Antwerp.

Jazz Middelheim 2023 in Antwerp - Dates (rove.me)

(1) René Thomas ‎– Guitar Genius ( Full Album ) - YouTub

This Rene Thomas seems to me a genius after more than thirty minutes in this album...  ...The last time i fell under a guitarist spell so hard it was under frogman recommendation : Pat Martino....

Thanks ....

@pjw81563 , just recently I have posted this album of Rene Thomas, when Stuartk mentioned him. Here its again, in case you missed it

https://youtu.be/0Xoli1r1t2Y?feature=shared (Guitar Groove)

Some I. Jacquet albums that I like...

https://youtu.be/FE3NM__LIIg?feature=shared (The blues, thats me)

https://youtu.be/Z1PR557t64g?feature=shared (The message)

https://youtu.be/j5Jsu0g7piQ?feature=shared (Desert Winds)

Aldo I have many more Websters abums, do not have that one with Jacquet. Will listen to it, thanks.

If you find a decent source or better, a cd, listen to that Don Wilkerson album above,it sounds more ’advanced’ than its age might suggest


I do not remember if I ever posted this album, but along the stellar line up its sound is somewhat different than other sax players may have recorded in those times.It took me a while to get that cd. But, than again, perhaps the Frogmans rule may be applied to him too...

James Clay (A Double dose of soul)



I am listening to “The Kid And The Brute” now and it’s fantastic!  I’ll try and get to the other two tomorrow or this weekend.

Thank you!