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.


Well, I didn't have a choice at the time. My dad retired while I was about to enter 9th grade and my parents decided to move the family to Guadalajara at that point. 

You moved around a lot. I was born 60 years ago in Babylon, Long Island NY. I have lived here my entire life. Always a 1 hour drive to NYC. I have been to Mexico many times (I have a sister living in San Diego since 1980).

I like tequila and I know the history of Jalisco province in Mexico of making the best mezcal's and tequila's. How long did you call Guadalajara home?

Speaking of Mexico

Charles Mingus - Tijuana Moods ( Full Album ) - YouTube



I’ve lived in NY, Mexico, So Cal, Maine, Oregon and since 1998, Nor Cal.

I’ve always wondered what it would like to stay in one place one’s entire life and whether that might impart a certain sense of rooted stability. I’ve known folks for which this seemed to be the case but no doubt, it depends upon the individual.

We were in Guadalajara one year only, as I was viewed as a "problem student’ at The American School and was told not to return after 9th grade. My parents moved us to San Miguel de Allende, which at that time (1971) was much smaller and much less popular than it eventually became. I enjoyed living in both locales, although my school issues continued and I was sent to a private school in Sedona, during which time my family were victims of a home invasion, which prompted a return to the States.

Upon graduating HS, I worked in restaurants, where my Spanish proved a valuable asset. I’ve only been back to Mexico once and on that trip was much more aware of the poverty than when I’d been an adolescent, which significantly affected my experience as a tourist. I still have opportunities to speak Spanish from time to time, although my fluency has greatly deteriorated. I never developed a taste for Tequila -- when I was a teenager down there I was more into drugs than alcohol.

Sorry for the long-winded response!  

Yeah -- Tijuana Moods" is a good one!  

Though this takes us out of the realm of Jazz, I’ve always enjoyed the Ranchera influence in Ry Cooder’s music:



Then check out "In Search of a Dream", next!  

Your choice of Alphounse Mouzon album was much better than mine.  I ended up not finishing Mind Transplant. I know that all albums can’t be jewels, but I really could not make it to the end.


The pair seem to be equally well-regarded, hence my suggestion.