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.

Ouff! too much good stuff in two posts ...

Anyway thanks for all propositions .,..

I myself go on today with Joey Defrancesco ....It is not Coltrane or Brecker ...Perhaps not Smulyan or Saft ...

He is not in the same high level jazz than some, only good jazz easy to metabolise ...

I listen sometimes easy jazz .... 😁

Hammond rule my heart anyway ...


Hammond cheese,eggs + bacon in maple syrup .... The real maple syrup ...



Hammond cheese or Hammond eggs? ? ? 

There is too many great jazz albums for one lifetime but this one is certainly one to add :

Jazz Times Superband: Music: Bob Berg Randy Brecker Dennis Chambers Joey DeFrancesco





Hammond cheese,eggs + bacon in maple syrup .... The real maple syrup ...

Yes-- although currently residing in CA, I grew up back east. I know what real maple syrup tastes like.  Pour it over pork sausage!  

Pure honey or maple syrup ; Michael Brecker and Joey DeFrancesco hammond ...But i dont know if this album exist ... I know one with Randy Brecker i recommended above ...😊


By the way this album is stunningly good for Hammond lovers ;

Jack McDuff · Joey DeFrancesco It's About Time :


 Another great winning album by joey DeFrancesco ...

Amazing musician for me especially on the Hammond ..

The Champ · Joey DeFrancesco


Thanks for the suggestion ...

I put them in the waiting list ... I admire Sun Ra ...

Here are my two favorites from Sun Ra. I have both of these titles on a single CD.

Angels and Demons at Play


The Nubians of Plutonia



Daniel Humair: Cool Trading with Attila Zoller and Mike Formanek - YouTube

Wow -- this is great!!!!

Do you happen to know whether this group released any recordings?

Attila Zoller – Memories Of Pannonia

Attila Zoller – Overcome (Live At The Leverkusen Jazz Festival)

These two have the same members.  I think this is about it though.

Great indeed!

It seems there is many albums with Humair ...

I will look thanks stuartk ..

Daniel Humair: Cool Trading with Attila Zoller and Mike Formanek - YouTube

This one with Daniel Humair  is more than just good it seems ... Rava is one of my favorite trumpet player in europe ...


The picture of the album is beyond kitsch ...😁

But Joey DeFrancesco play the Hammond better than most ...

My favorite music to relaxing casual listening reading the news ...

This does not means that this is not good music ...😊

Another album to enjoy :



Very good recommendation ...

I concur with it ..😉

Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Trio


If you buy one album of DeFrancesco on hammond , this album with a good sax sound and playing is one of his best...



Thanks so much for the additional Zoller suggestions.

I especially like the trio and will put it on my "To Buy" list!


"Cohn on the Saxophone" -- another title I'm going to have to buy. Thanks! 

Happily listening to The Oscar Peterson Trio live from Chicago. Oscar Peterson is another one that I could listen to all day. And maybe I will.😆

Sonny Rollins Quartet

Symphony Hall, Boston 10/19/78

Sonny Rollins (s), McCoy Tyner (p), Ron Carter (b), Al foster (d)



It seems interesting and i like this piece a lot ...

Thanks my friend ...

I will investigate...


@mahgister , you might like this.




Sonny Rollins Quartet Symphony Hall, Boston 10/19/78

I was never aware of that concert until I read the new Sonny Rollins biography recently.

That concert  was an attempt at by Milestone Records, of whom Rollins, Carter, Tyner and Foster,  were under contract with at the time, to replicate the success of another jazz super group VSOP.

The idea was good but it turned out to be just a one off as Rollins, who was very aloof at times, could not/would not come to a mutual agreement with Milestone, Tyner and Carter to create more concerts and recordings. What as shame as there are some gems on that session.

It was only released and re issued on vinyl LP format and I am very happy the complete concert is on You Tube. I listened to it a few times since I was made aware of its existence and started research it.





I’m listening to the Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Trio,  Midnight Sugar and am loving it!

I’m pretty sure you will to. 

Just purchased a very rare OOP Phil Woods CD Live at the Five Spot 1957. The seller is located in NYC so I should have it by this weekend!

It is not on Spotify but maybe you all can check Amazon HD, Tidal and Qobuz. Here is the track list

Cecil Payne, Phil Woods, Frank Socolow, Duke Jordan, Wendell Marshall And Art Taylor – Bird's Night (The Music Of Charlie Parker) (1991, CD) - Discogs

That said, Check out Phil blowin' hot and cool on this live rendition of A Night in Tunisia Paris 1960

Phil Woods Big Band - Blue Note , Paris 1960 '' Steeplechase '' + '' A night in Tunysia '' - YouTube

Phil on playing with Charlie Parker

Mr. Phil Woods on playing with Charlie Parker. - YouTube

I just looked on Qobuz and Amazon HD and I can’t it, so you’ll have to enjoy for us.

There are several other artists at the Five Spot, but sadly no Phil Woods.

Matthew Shipp has a lot of recordings. All good, but almost always challenging. Very underrated!



I checked out several highly rated Shipp recordings. He's too outside for my tastes but those who enjoy the likes of Cecil Taylor and Horace Tapscott will no doubt  enjoy him.  

When I'm in the mood for something dark and moody, my go-to's are A. Hill and M. Waldron. 

@curiousjim  Thanks for the suggestion. I do not have any of his albums, but that particular one I've listened many times. For some reason it can be often find in many audio shops, or at least at ones that I've been into. Now as I think, I have only one album with jazz from japan...I believe that there are many others, but never found enough time (or will) to explore that directions. I am not streaming and I try to buy every cd that I like, so sometimes finding ones to buy takes me more time than finding some that I like. As I have expand my collection with years, the albums that I wish to buy are becoming less frequent, but more difficult to find and more expensive...I know, I know, but I just do not care about digital content...


@stuartk dark and moody...try this...posted before, Eddie Costa





As I have expand my collection with years, the albums that I wish to buy are becoming less frequent, but more difficult to find and more expensive...I know, I know, but I just do not care about digital content...

I’m in the same situation.

Thanks for the Eddie Costa suggestion. I will explore! 

Who said Polish jazz cannot be interesting and creative ?





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A stupid person is a person who causes losses to another person or to a group of persons while himself deriving no gain and even possibly incurring losses.


and this has what to do with polish "jazz", or what I said?



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