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.

Haven’t listened to Kind Of Blue in a while, so I found a 24/192 version of the Legacy Edition and all it does is bring out the faults in the original recordings. I wonder if Peter Jackson would like to have a wack at it?

@pjw81563 I don’t know Dan Weiss personally, but I know his playing and he is very very good.  He has a great rep.  One of the best young drummers and part of the very hot and creative Brooklyn Jazz scene.  

@frogman I figured you may have heard about Weiss, you and he being neighbors so to speak. And I agree with you about the Brooklyn Jazz Scene. Very hot indeed.

A man is as good as his reputation...


This short 45 minute Bill Evans documentary, created in 1964, is very interesting.

"Its much more important, Evans feels, to master fundamentals, both in theory, so that you understand what you're doing, and then in active practice developing ones musical muscles. Not just technical facility but also the brain connection with the arm muscles so to speak, developing that facility to the point where the subconscious mind can take over the basic mechanical task of playing, thus freeing the conscious mind to concentrate on the spontaneous development that distinguishes the best jazz...

Universal Mind of Bill Evans (1966 Documentary) - YouTube