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.

@stuartk Turrentine has always been one of my favorite tenors and Kenny Burrell belongs in any conversation of greatest jazz guitarist's just like @jafant Pat Martino.


Turrentine's Blue Hour and Burrell's Midnight Blue are both on my desert island list.

Two other Kenny Burrell albums that belong on any jazz aficionados "must have jazz guitarist's list's" are All Night Long and All Day Long. The title tracks of those two albums, All Night Long and All Day Long, clocking in at 17 plus minutes and 18 plus minutes, respectively, are alone worth it to buy physical copies of each.


As for Turrentine paired with Burrell I highly suggest Jubilee Shout and Hustlin'