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.

Just recently I played this cd again, to check the position of my speakers. There is interesting track, nothing new, but it turned my attention to some of the albums that I have...


Some time ago I have posted few links about ECM editions beeing out of phase. I have very few albums of that label, but this one fits the description. When I switched the wires on my speakers I found out that it sounds better (in phase) If you have it, you may check it as well. 

Keith Jarret trio, live in Paris 1999 (could not find it on ytube)

Also, not on ECM, but this, my only, Diana Krall album fits the description



@alexatpos I have a Bluray of Dianna Krall Live in Rio. When I’m in the right mood I watch it, maybe once or twice a year since I purchased it.

My favorite Female vocalist is Sade Adu. I have all of her releases of live concerts either on DVD or Bluray. Sade’s natural vocals live, IMHO, have few equals of other female vocalists with Annie Lenox, of Eurythmics fame, a close second.

Sade and Annie both started to gain national attention here in the USA and globally in the early to mid 80s and I have enjoyed both of them for 40 years now.

What are your favorite contemporary female vocalists?

On the subject of audio set up I have invested in a couple of highly recommended books here and plan on using Dirac Live in the near future now that I have a 7:2:2 set up (recently installed rear wall speakers and front and side height presence). Dirac is receiving a lot of attention with audiophiles.

The Art of Digital Audio: Watkinson, John: 9780240515878: Amazon.com: Books

Sound Reproduction: The Acoustics and Psychoacoustics of Loudspeakers and Rooms (Audio Engineering Society Presents): Toole, Floyd: 9781138921368: Amazon.com: Books

Dirac Live for Home - Dirac


Paul, thats a tough one, ha. Outside of jazz I pretty much do not listen anything else...I liked Sade when I was younger, but have only one lp...also have only that Diana Krall album, I guess in case if some guests arrive...But, now when I think about it, few names comes to mind... I would say, in random order, Grace Jones, Margo Timmins of Cowboy Junkies, Skye Edwards on Morcheeba’s first album, Beth Gibbons from Portishead, even Joni Mitchell (on Hissing from summer lawns and on Herbie Hancocks Gershwin world), Kay Garner on Cerrone’s ’Supernature’....there is more, but its usually a song or an album that I like, than a whole opus

As for the Dirac or dsp, or home theater, or pc audio, I use nothing of that. Just a plain two chanel stereo. I do not even use tv ( I cancelled all program subscriptions ) except when I hook the laptop and watch some movie, from some stream (its not a big tv screen either) I still must try to stop reading the news online,ha...Just remembered that I need to renew my library subscription,also,ha,ha