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.

John Zorn is a genius for sure...

his series of 32 albums "the books of angels" is completely astounding Klezmer- fusion jazz in a creative way...

Forget it if you dont enjoy non classical jazz... Anyway it is costly to buy 32 albums... myself i dont like them all for sure but they are many treasures...

Description of the 32 albums here :



I will put Zorn spiritual jazz with Sun Ra cosmic jazz and some other completely original creators as the spiritual jazz series albums especially with Japanese musicians.....


Jazz/ Klezmer/ fusion at his peak...

an example :

Bar Kokhba Sextet - Lucifer (Book of Angels Vol 10)


now this other album as you can see is completely different :

John Zorn - Marc Ribot ‎– Asmodeus (Book Of Angels Volume 7)




This first album though  is one of my best one :

Jamie Safto Trio - Astaroth Book Of Angels.1 



By the way i dont like klezmer nor fusion in general or in particular but as i already said we must make many exceptions in life and about our tastes criteria when we encounter musical geniuses...

I dont listen music styles or genres now so much but more the musicians as interpreters or creators ... Then no style or genre is out of my collection anymore...

What is music ? It is what musicians do first and last .... Nothing else...Nevermind the language they use , it is about what they do with it...

Music is a gesture of all the body with or without instruments ...The basis is time, timing and rythm...




This John Zorn CD I bought years ago and had mixed feelings about it and a few other Zorn CDs I purchased. It goes without saying that if you are having mixed feelings (or second thoughts) about an artist, you will stop spending your hard earned money on him/her.

Voodoo • Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet (spotify.com)

Fast forward to when I happily started using Spotify and could listen to an album before buying it and I can now explore Zorn freely and pick and choose songs I like. I just put together this John Zorn Book Of Angels playlist I titled John Zorn 1 BOA (book of angels). It comprises the first 8 BOA sessions in chapter "1". When time permits I plan to make 3 more chapters covering all of the BOA sessions to give a listen.

John Zorn 1 BOA - playlist by Paul Irishman | Spotify

I listened to BOA Vol. 1 in its entirety and it is by no means "chaotic noise" Some of the songs were quite enjoyable.

However if you like to use genres for music/artists I would not call Book of Angels Volume 1 "Astaroth" jazz.

I do not know what genre I would call it. Maybe abstract music? world music?



@mahgister Great post, thank you! I hadn't heard of Klezmer music before this very moment. More to learn. Also, your last 4 sentences hit home.


Now here is some really good music that you can definitely describe as jazz. The band is called "Steps Ahead". From Wiki

The group arose out of spontaneous sessions at Seventh Avenue South, a jazz club in New York City owned by saxophonist Michael Brecker and trumpeter brother Randy Brecker.[2] The first three albums were released under the name Steps, later changed to Steps Ahead, on Nippon Columbia in Japan, starting with the debut live album Smokin' in the Pit (1980), followed by Step By Step (1981) and Paradox (1982).

I listened to the live album "Smokin' in the Pit" in its entirety last night and it is what I would call "a keeper". Check out the personnel! Michael Brecker (arguably the best tenor player alive 1975 - 2007), and Steve Gadd, often placed on the list of "best drummers" on drums, Michael Mainiary on vibes, Eddie Gomez on bass, and Don Grolnick on piano.

The last 3 musicians are all excellent as well. All of them are superlative as soloists and there is great cohesiveness and "feel" among the band when playing as a whole. 

I will be listening to them a lot more!

Any recommendation is an invitation not an obligation...

We are all different...

I discovered great jazz here and it is why i also sometimes post my suggestion...

If one suggestion hit  the target and make only one people happy as i was with few discoveries others here recommended i will be happy...

Each time i recommend an album i try also to explain why in few words...