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.
orpheus10

I just streamed this excellent new release by Spiritual Jazz saxophonist Muriel Grossman. I intend to add this one to my CD library ASAP.

 

Regarding Roland Kirk, who was mentioned here before, check out Blacknuss, it has covers of very famous (non-jazz) songs like What's Going On. I wrote a review in my newsletter https://audionews.substack.com/p/audio-news-issue-4

@jdougs 

There’s a bunch of them.  Some louder than others, but.  Just yesterday, I was listening to Bud Powell and my wife walked into the room and asked if that noise was the audience and I responded with, I wish.  I don’t understand it, you’d think they’d edit it out before the record gets released.

Sigh.

I take a break between two Tete Montoliu albums ...

The more i listen the more i like him...

 

I listen to the spiritual jazz series 12 albums , this one is the 7th  :

 

Mary Jo, 

I am still hanging around and fighting the good fight.

Hope you are well.  I have a thread called 'The Good Stuff'.  Check it out.

For you:

 

Cheers

...

jdougs

@mary_jo According to Larry David you're already 8 days past the appropriate cutoff date! 😂

It is never too late to speak nicely...:--)

mahgister

Happy new year mary_jo

The right cut-off is just before 21 of June for ladies ... Then you are spot on in my book ...

:--))) I would not wish to be just a spot. Not enough space for me there.

Happy new year mahgister!

 

 

@mahgister @stuartk Lionel Hampton is another who grunts and groans nonstop.  Love his music, but man it can be distracting at times! 😂

There is many good jazz pianist indeed...

But as good not so much...

As i said for me he is the Spanish Bill Evans ...

Or the spanish Oscar Peterson... Not less ...

 

Not only his bass and drummer are exceptional but the sound quality let them be such ...

Dont upgrade your system... It exist at least 50 albums to buy ... 😊

 

 

 

@mahgister 

Wish I could say the same.  Still, there are a handful that are not overly "ornamented" in this regard that I enjoy. 

I like Jarrett with or without noise...

Anyway...  😊

 

 

@mahgister 

"and he does not makes noise at all ... "

Perhaps, in the not-so-distant future, someone will develop an AI tool that removes all the grunts, groans, moans, etc. from Jarrett's recordings ;o)

 

@mahgister 

"and he does not makes noise at all ... "

Perhaps, in the not-so-distant future, someone will develop an AI tool that removes all the grunts, groans, moans, etc. from Jarrett's recordings ;o)

While I’m usually not big on groups led by bass players, I’ve glistening to Niels Henning Orsted Petersen. The first album I listened to was Trio One and it was definitely what I expected, very bass heavy, but the second album,  The Trio, has Oscar Peterson and Joe pass in the trio.

Needless to say, it’s a good listen.

Stay warm.

It seems not to be a so good thing to be a spaniard pianist after Bill Evans and Oscar Peterson...

In my opinion he is not so much far from them at all ...Even not far behind Keith Jarrett and he does not makes noise at all ... 😊

Why his name is such rarely mentioned ?

Only frogman knows for sure not me...

I had to listen 34 more albums i think anyway...

😁

Another piano player of note is Phineas Newborn.  Listening to No Moon At All now, but there are many others to choose from.

I am in my third albums of Tete Monteliu...

I am amazed that this fine jazz pianist was so underservedly not more well known...

I had many more albums in sight ...

 

 
 

mal desservi

 

Thanks @acman3 

Listening to the album now it’s good. Clear and very three dimensional!

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Are there any clear recordings of Milt Jackson out there? Most everything I hear is sonically awful.  Flat and over modulated at the same time.

@mahgister -Totally agree! Tangential observation- NHOP has been the bass accompanist for Bill Evans.

@jdougs -Agree about Steeplechase. Many of Dexter Gordon's best albums are on the Steeplechase label.

After 2 hours of Monteliu...

It remind me a lot of Bill Evans...

A bit less singing lyricist pianist but a more dancing rythmical one compared to Evans...

For me they are brothers near one another though very different ...

I think i will enjoy all Tete Monteliu albums as i loved all Bill Evans albums...

😊

Thanks wharfy

 

Tete Monteliu seems to me  as a spanish Bill Evans...

Same inspired lyricism...

I will definitely look for some among the 38 albums identified....

 

Thanks a lot....

Terrific pianist indeed...

I will investigate...

😊

I have a terrific CD by Tete Montoliou, Tete-A-Tete, with NHOP and Tootie.  

Happy new year mary_jo

The right cut-off is just before 21 of June for ladies ... Then you are spot on in my book ...

 

Till which date is appropriate to wish somebody ~ happy new year? :--)

I can go on like this till summer! :--)

@wharfy I see that’s on Steeplechase. I have yet to hear a bad Steeplechase album! I am slowly trying to collect most of them. It’s not cheap since I refuse to buy albums in less than NM unless they’re just so rare that I can't justify it.

@mary_jo According to Larry David you're already 8 days past the appropriate cutoff date! 😂

Till which date is appropriate to wish somebody ~ happy new year? :--)

I can go on like this till summer! :--)

 

@jdougs -Thanks for the recommendation. Doing some research I saw Kenny Drew is accompanied by Niels-Henning Orsted Pederson on bass and Albert 'Tootie' Heath on drums. I have a terrific CD by Tete Montoliou, Tete-A-Tete, with NHOP and Tootie.  

 

@jdougs I have the day off been on the road with my tractor trailer since Tuesday got back this morning at 5am and started listening to my music. I never stop listening because when I'm on the interstates I'm playing for hours.

Was listening to a lot of Arturo O'Farrill last night. Solo, trio, quartet, sextet, and his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.

A couple tunes

Arturo solo

trio

 

O'Farrill sounds to me like he was influenced by this guy

 

 

 

 

 

@pjw81563 Playing it way too loud at my desk at work right now hoping the phone doesn't ring! haha

@wharfy If I had to settle on a single Kenny Drew album (and thank goodness I don't) it would probably be Dark Beauty.  It's easy to find to stream.

@jdougs Thanks for the recommendation. Listening to the album now.

Here is a song and check out this cool audio set up

 

@wharfy I’ve heard they are due to being pressed on virgin vinyl. How true that is I can’t say. I do know I have been very happy with them. Some of the absolute best sounding records I own are from Three Blind Mice which are Japanese. YMMV