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.


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.











I found this recording inadvertently, by Kyle Eastwood:


Recorded in 2013. I think the whole album is worth a spin. If you like trumpet players, one of the sidemen is Quentin Collins (not the guy from Dark Shadows); really a fantastic artist.

@stuartk Upon graduating high school I started working in the construction field in Long Island NY and eventually started a framing business. I was a framing contractor and sub contractor for 30 years.

4 years ago I decided to retire from the construction industry (comfortably) as I was no longer physically able to climb around all over a house for 8 - 10 hours a day.

I went and got me CDL at age 57 and drive a tractor trailer now and I am very happy. I could not just sit at home and driving the semi gives me hours of listening sessions undisturbed while making money as well.

Currently pulling a 53 foot flatbed loaded with construction materials to Home Depot, Lowes and many other businesses. Last night while on route I listened to Willis Gatortail Jackson and Pat Martino as well as Pat Matino's own albums as a leader.

The Gator Tail sessions are really soulful combining elements R&B, funk, soul and gospel music while the Martino sessions are more straight ahead jazz but some songs harken back to his younger days "making his bones" with "Gator Tail"

Rare live footage of Gator Tail on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Willis 'Gator Tail' Jackson live on Ed Sullivan - YouTube

Gator Tail with Pat Martino

Willis Jackson with Pat Martino - "Gator Tail" - YouTube

A few of my favorite live Martino albums. I believe they have all been recently posted.

Oleo (Live From Yoshi's, Oakland, U.S.A./2001) - YouTube

Goin' to a Meeting (Live at Blues Alley) - YouTube

Pat Martino - El Niño - YouTube

Studio Martino

Waltz For Geri - YouTube

Pat Martino - East! - 01 East! - YouTube

Days Of Wine And Roses - Pat Martino - YouTube

@pjw81563 , great stuff! I just discovered Gator last week from the all knowing YouTube algorithm. Found his album on Qobuz with Pat Martino and was off to the races. Thanks for the links. I’m constantly amazed at all the great stuff that is out there that I’ve never heard - amazed and grateful for each new discovery.