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 am happy if i repaid you for your enlightened recommendations that impacted me a lot , among others Pat Martino and Micharl Brecker... Sometimes it takes an explanation to understand why we must listen a musician in particular... You are able to do so  because of your musician experience to explain why we must hear someone twice more than once ... It help us all... Thanks ...

Fabulous! Can’t thank you enough, mahgister, as I was not aware of this recording.

I had an opportunity to see M.Brecker quartet live in 1998, on jazz festival in my hometown. Funny thing is that he started to play in 2 am (yes, 2 hours after midnight) in local theater house. I am quite certain that it was filmed by national tv house, but other than seeing it on tv news after the show, never saw the material on ytube or elsewhere. However, next year, among others, Zawinul and Weather Report played there too and some of that footage is on ytube.

Here it is, if anyone is interested...




Jean Paul Bourelly from the same occason and on the same stage,,,the footage is quite raw...



Also, saw McCoy Tyner, Abbey Lincoln, Randy Weston, Ray Charles among others, all in my hometown (remeber pinching myself few times just to be sure that I am not dreaming)

Believe that all those concerts were filmed by national tv and those tapes are probably somewhere in some basement...

In the meantime...album that i got just recently...'This release contains the complete recordings made by a unique quintet led by Milt Jackson and Ray Brown, on vibes and bass respectively, and featuring Monty Alexander on piano, Teddy Edwards on tenor sax, and Dick Berk on drums. The session was taped live at the celebrated club Shelly’s Manne- Hole in August of 1969

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