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.
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@mahgister Eddie Daniels plays tenor sax and takes a solo on this cool tune by the Thad Jones Mel Lewis Orchestra with the great Joe Williams on vocals.

 

Eddie Daniels clarinetist and saxophonist is simply a genius....

i could not pick one among my 10 albums save by randomness ... Sorry...

 

I did not know that there was 6 cd...

I will look for them...

Thanks a lot ...😊

Here is a physical copy of the Montreal Tapes with all of the musicians who recorded with Charlie Haden and Paul Motian at the venue. As you can see its way over priced because its OOP.

Charlie Haden – The Montreal Tapes (2009, CD) - Discogs

@stuartk Same gig different night. From Wiki:

 

In 1989, Haden inaugurated the "Invitation" series at the Montreal Jazz Festival. With different musicians he selected, they performed in concert for eight consecutive nights of the festival. Each of these events was recorded, and most have been released in the series, The Montreal Tapes.

Maybe I'm mistaken but I thought Haden also performed with E. Gismonti during that same festival. 

OK. I found this:

https://ecmrecords.com/product/in-montreal-charlie-haden-egberto-gismonti/

Maybe it was a different gig? 

Here is a physical copy of the Montreal Tapes with all of the musicians who recorded with Charlie Haden and Paul Motian at the venue. As you can see its way over priced because its OOP.

Charlie Haden – The Montreal Tapes (2009, CD) - Discogs

I have hunted down all of the individual performances over the years for very reasonable prices.

I think Qobuz has the complete box set. Have not checked Amazon hi res.

@curiousjim @mahgister I'm glad you both are enjoying the "Scandanavian Jazz".

The Soren Bebe Trio is something I stumbled upon recently. I'm just as new to them as you both are and I think they are a pretty good trio.

Speaking of a trio This is one of my all time favorite live trio recordings. Its on the top shelf of my desert island recordings.

Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba.

There is also two other "Montreal Tapes" with Haden and Motian but the pianists on the other 2 sets are Geri Allen and Paul Bley. You cant go wrong with any of them and I believe there is a box set available for streaming in hi res.

 

@acman3 

Great stuff. 

I just received the remastered stereo and mono 2CD set of My Favorite Things yesterday.  Also Blue Train, The Complete Masters.  Can't have too much Trane.

 

Cheers

I own 22 albums ... Half as sideman , Why not ?

He is good... To be precise, he is a bit better than just good... 😊

 

 

 An interview with him :

 

 

Listening to Warren Vache,  Dream Dancing. And maybe a few more titles.😁

I like Soren Bebe trio  ...

It seems i always like scandinavian relaxing  jazz music... 😊

Thank you for this one...

 I read there is 5 albums by Soren Bebe trio...

I will go for him ...

😊

@pjw81563 

Just got around to listening to the Soren Bebe Trio and this weekend, I’ll be listening to more. 🎶

 

@pjw81563 

Just got around to listening to the Soren Bebe Trio and this weekend, I’ll be listening to more. 🎶

@acman3 

I did 't mean to imply PM is essentially commercial. His recordings do cover a wiide spectrum.

 

Song X (youtube.com)

Not really commercial. PM is very diverse musically.

Listen to the way they communicate. DeJohnette, Denardo and Haden are very good.

@curiousjim 

Having encountered some of his stuff that sounded a bit too commercial for my tastes early on caused me to give up on him but given his large discography, there must be other more straight-ahead recordings I might enjoy. 

@stuartk 

And PM has so many albums to choose from that you can listen to one every day and go a month or two without hearing the same one twice.😁

Listening to a brand new album (2024).

Vid Sketa,  First Step.

Right up my alley.

@acman3 Thanks for that Sonny Rollins tonight show clip. That was a prime Sonny displaying why he is often called the best improvisor on saxophone.

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@acman3 

Always a pleasure to hear Kenny Clark and Sonny Fortune. Did they ever play together?

I've listened to Meurkins several times. I personally struggle, for some reason, with Jazz harmonica, but do recognize his talent. Also struggle with Toots. It's on me not them. I will try again. Thanks!

Another new to me group is Hendrix Meurkens and the title that caught my eye is “The Jazz Meurkengers”.

Really diggin’ it.

I’m listening to Yes! Trio, Spring Sings. I have never heard of these guys, but what a pleasant surprise for me.

Am I the only one who didn’t know there was a “New” Oscar Peterson collection this year? “A Night With Oscar Peterson” It’s on Qobuz and Amazon Music. It also has 98 cuts!

What’s odd is it’s 24/192 on Amazon and 16/44.1 on Qobuz.