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 got my CDL in 1980, drove mostly straight trucks until about 15 years ago when I changed jobs for a company that everything from pick ‘‘em ups to drill rigs.  I gave up my CDL 3 years ago because my neck was so bad I couldn’t take hours of bouncing.😟. But the three things I miss are driving at night, listening to music and podcasts and stopping in the middle of nowhere and seeing the Milky Way!


I listened to “The View From Here” and liked it.  Also listened and liked “Candid Kyle” 

https://youtu.be/7zmi2LJqfrQ?si=ZoR_kSRdKl2lOrWq  Live version of the first song.


Here's another track where Russell Malone is prominent. The whole album is good. Benny Green is a terrific pianist!



Thanks @ho249 

I have to run some errands, but I’ll definitely check him out later.

@curiousjim I drive at night and I love it. Nothing but other trucks/trailers with some cars mixed in. No A hole lost/on phone/speeding/driving to slow idiots to deal with and no traffic.

Just me, the music and the road..... Last night I listened to more Oliver Nelson. Have not heard one bad song from his repertoire, small ensemble or big band.

Oliver Nelson Orchestra

Oliver Nelson - Full Nelson - YouTube

Cool - YouTube

St. Louis Blues - YouTube

125th And Seventh Avenue - YouTube