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.


”We’ll be back with more stuff.”  Said Chuck Barris when he went to break, used to crack me up along with when Gary Owens was on the show.



I put all my money on music  forget about audio upgrades here!

They are useless without all the good music...

This thread is going to cost me a lot of money.  Soooo much great music I don't have. 

I just recently bought a copy of the new release, "Lightning Dreams" by Rob Mazurek - Exploding Star Orchestra.

Very creative stuff. Borders on avant-garde at times (some may consider it fully avant-garde).

A 9 piece ensemble, with Mazurek on trumpet. Craig Taborn, one of the best current keyboardists, is a standout.






The underlying groove ties it all together.

Without it, the effect would be quite different.



I suspect so ;o)



Forgetting about audio upgrades brings contentment !  

Big Mazurek fan since Chicago Underground Duo/ Trio days. I have all the other Exploding Star but didn’t know about the new release. Thanks!


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