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.


Until today, I had no idea how right you are about Stanley Cowell. I’ve been listening to his albums since 10am and haven’t found one I didn’t like. Listening to Angel Eyes now. It’s just the man and his piano.  Perfect dinner music.

Here’s a musician who certainly deserves to not be forgotten by today’s Jazz listeners, as he seems to have been. Not only a terrific baritone saxophonist, but he also had a successful career as a film and TV series composer (He also designed the cover art for several well known Jazz lps).  Who has heard of Gil Melle?



Glad you're enjoying him!

Personally, I think he's underrated but then, I'm biased ;o)