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.


I didn't mean for my remarks to sound so combative. Sorry about that. Dunno why the thought of a simple sound effect triggered such a strong reaction. 

So far today has been a good day.  David Murray, In a sentimental mood. Bill Charlap, Street of dreams. Hampton Hawes, For real.  Billy Cobham, Drum’nvoice vol. 1-4.  Jane Monheit, The songbook sessions.  Paolo Fresu, Songlines.  The best of The Three Sounds.  There’s three tracks left on the Dave Murray album and then I’ll let things cool down a bit.

I’m good, didn’t take it negatively.

Nothing at all to apologize for 



I’m curious, how many rock musicians actually converted to attempt to play jazz? It’s only a question. I understand that there’s much more money in r&r. But really, is it about the money, or remaining true to a calling?