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.

Wonderful lines by my most revered jazz pianist about his art that he explained so well here ...

Nature is only one  complex and simple gesture with no ego behind this gesture manifesting through all phenomenon ... Japanese zen culture as Chinese Taoism integrate it perfectly...

In Europe Goethe seeing of plant and mammals and physical phenomenon as light and colors expressed it so well that few understood it ... Goethe never used mathematical formulas to exorcise nature  or never hypothetized an evolutionary mechanism , his scientifical goal what not establishing a new theory but to change the way we look by forgetting any abstract theory and learn how to look before and behind our ego ...

Bill Evans dont play piano with his ego; we feel he play without any ego, lost in music or lost in meaning ...




"There is a Japanese visual art in which the artist is forced to be spontaneous. He must paint on a thin stretched parchment with a special brush and black water paint in such a way that an unnatural or interrupted stroke will destroy the line or break through the parchment. Erasures or changes are impossible".

--Bill Evans




...but to change the way we look by forgetting any abstract theory and learn how to look before and behind our ego ...


How very "Zen" !

This evening , hearing the tumultuous world behind  as a background noise, i give my ears to French Jazzmen ...

This album is very well recorded and hammond with electrical violin  and a drummer  may be a winner for some unusual relaxation ...

Two albums , Daniel Humair, Eddy Louiss & Jean-Luc Ponty


So I’m trying to listen to Walter Davis Jr. Trio, Scorpio album and it is so hard for me to get past Walter’s noises that are as loud as everything else on the album.  Even my wife came out of the back room to ask what that horrible noise was.

I don’t understand why they would leave that in the recording.

Getting off my soapbox now.