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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I believe there was a discussion on polish Jazz.

Pwj, Good group of alto players, but you might have to add Parker, because most of your list was built on The Bird!


Paul Desmond

I like Desmond a lot ...

I must go back to a Stitt session too...😊


 By the way Polish jazz may be great ... 😉

I dont even know their name but they seems promising ...

Thanks stuartk , i will investigate...



I'm not a horn player, so cannot comment on who's "best".  😊

However, I know who I like!  

Two of my favorites: 





Pwj, Good group of alto players, but you might have to add Parker, because most of your list was built on The Bird!

Yes, Parker’s innovations and technical virtuosity influenced not just every saxophone player, be it alto, tenor, soprano or baritone, but also every instrument played from the 40s through the 21st century.

Paul Desmond and Sonny Stitt belong on the greatest altoist list for sure!

Charlie Parker - Anthropology - YouTube


A great group of alto players. I am an Art Pepper completist and have well over 50 CDs of Pepper in my collection.

Jackie McLean recorded 3 albums in the 60s that are on my desert island list.

Kenny Garrett and Vincent Herring. I have seen both live numerous times.

I have a fairly large collection of KG albums and my favorite of them all is this live session. It features Pharoah Sanders and a very enthusiastic audience.

KG discussing the album

Kenny Garrett : new cd 'Sketches of MD' w/ Pharoah Sanders - YouTube

The opening track "The Ring" . KG and Pharoah playing "the head" in unison.

01 The Ring Kenny Garrett,Sketches of MD - Live at the Iridium,Jazz Saxophone - YouTube

Do you have this album?




Frank Morgan and Art Pepper have 4 things in common. They both belong on the list of greatest all time alto players.

They both had ongoing heroin addiction problems throughout their lives.

They both spent a substantial amount of time in prison.

They both overcame addiction and made monumental comebacks!



Kenny Garrett and Vincent Herring. I have seen both live numerous times.

Lucky you!  

Thanks for suggesting the Live at the Iridium release!  

"Beyond the Wall" is another favorite of mine. 


As you can guess i am half the time in the world scene jazz not only on the North American jazz scene ...The world scene jazz is bigger and very creative ...


Who could say that there is no great Portuguese jazz composer and player ?

Here a pianist who is creative as the greatest one and who has no great debt to Art Tatum or Bill Evans because he did not try to imitate them anyway ...

Read his wikipedia entry ...Bernardo Sassetti...

he died at 42 years old alas! I own almost all his albums ...

As an appetitizer :




There is technical improvisation and emotional improvisation and I would nominate Hodges as one of the greatest at emotional improvisation. What a classic "bluesy tone/feel", something that Cannonball Adderly displays as well. 

Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges "I Got it Bad" (1958) - YouTube

Cannonball Adderley Sextet - Work Song (Jazz Scene, 1962) - YouTube

Jeep's Blues - Duke Ellington 1956 - YouTube




Hal McKusick

I wish he had made more recordings as a leader and a few live recordings. I purchased this in 2018 and listen to it often. HM definitely belongs on the list of great alto players 

MCKUSICK,HAL - 7 Classic Albums - Amazon.com Music


All great choices with Lee Konitz as the stand out (for me, anyway).

Miguel Zenon

I have a handful of his CDs and like all of them.

Mariano and Macpherson 

I need to make an effort to check out their recording catalogs.


David Sanborn definitely belongs on any list of great alto players. I own many of his CDs as a leader and sideman.

Sanborn recorded on a lot of sessions with tenor Michael Brecker who has been discussed here a lot recently.

@pjw81563 Thanks for setting me straight! I did not realize Sanborn had recorded so much as a leader and sideman.

David Sanborn is the most imitated alto player in the Pop/Jazz-Funk-R&B style,  Not an improviser on the level of harmonic sophistication of the recently mentioned alto players.  However, in a funky setting he is the best.  One hears a tone and general attitude that is clearly borrowing from Sanborn from countless alto saxophone players in genres that lean more to Rock and/or Smooth Jazz.  Not a put down all all.  He has tons of what pjw recently referred to as (great) “emotional improvisation”.  Playing stuff that leans to bebop, that highly stylized, acerbic tone of his sounds a little out of place and unwieldy.  But, man, playing a Pop ballad or funky back beat he is the greatest.


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That’s the point of what I wrote above. There aren’t any.

I have heard Sanborn play in more straight ahead settings as part of special event TV shows (including his own late night show years ago), award shows, etc. He can work his way through a set of changes more complicated than in most Pop tunes, but It’s not his forte. It’s kind of the reverse of the way that, for instance, Lee Konitz playing in a one chord funky groove would sound….kinda weird.  The genre doesn’t need much of that boundless harmonic skill, it needs a certain attitude and sound.

It’s a Sonny Clark Trio morning here.

With Max Roach on the Drums and George Duvivier on the Bass.

I do not use pc audio or any streamers, so when I search for new music, I stick to the old fashioned way of ’digging’ via ’All music guide to jazz’ book and later ytube for preview listening, if there are any clips. I really should thank some of the posters there, for time and effort and for sharing their music..

However, (for me) its getting harder to find music ( ’nos’) that I really consider ’exceptional’,perhaps the reason lies in ’Frogman’s rule’

Anyway, here are some of the albums that I bought recently, not essential music, but still good ones, perhaps some might find them to their liking.

In random order:


Les McCann live album from Village Vanguard 1967, here under 'I am in love title, but  sometimes is also issued as 'How's your mother' title. I have the latter one



Lots of been written about Howard McGhee, his 'Maggies back in town' album is one of my favourites, this one, earlier,  is not bad either.

Howard McGhee 'Dusty blue' from 1960.



For everyone that enjoyed previous Eddie Harris album, here is another one. In fact, it was released as a follow up to 'Exodus in jazz'. 


Eddie Harris 'Mighty like a rose'


Ok, last one for today, dont want to bore any accidental visitors with so out of fashion music, aldo often I wonder why there are so many views of these pages and yet so few posters? But, anyway...

Bobby Troup 'Bobby swings tenderly' from 1957.


@stuartk , well, since I have started posting here, I have tryed to introduce fellow members to some long forgotten artists and hopefully I menaged to do so.In the same time I have always wondered why some of them never made it, in terms of recognition, at least, even to their contemporaries, nevermind the enthusiasts from the present. Now, there comes the Frogman, who basically said (not in so few words and no so blunt) that reason being so is that those guys were never so ’good’ to be ’recognised’ at first place. So, there were some questions and discussions raised about it, but between the ’old’ posters that remained as colloquial expression (often with mild irony) when some of the artists of that ’type’ were mentioned...

I am aware of Penguin guide, but ’All music’ seemed to be more complete, back than when I got it and later I have just continued to use it....


I'd say both Guides have their strengths and weaknesses.Without question, the All Music is more complete. 

Thanks for explaining the Frogman rule. 

If we only listened to the best of the best we'd grow bored, eventually, no? 


I like clarity, especially when my comments are being (mis)represented. So, to be clear:

The term “The Frogman’s rule” was coined by Rok2id in response (in part) to an ongoing “debate” here about the possible reasons that some musicians are not as well known as others. I would not be so self centered as to make a “rule” for anyone else but myself. As further background, there was a suggestion made AT THE TIME that it was usually some sort of injustice at play. The “starving genius artist” myth. I disagreed and wrote that the reason was OFTEN (not always) that the artistry of the musician in question was usually not on the level of better known artists and that when one considers the reality of the music business (and it is precisely that), that lesser artists will not receive as much attention via bookings, recordings contracts and record sales. I stand by that assertion. However, and I said it then, there have been examples of artists deserving of wider recognition who did not receive that recognition for a variety of reasons, usually personal: drug use, difficult to work with, etc.

Alex has often posted obscure artists and, FOR ME, several (not all, and I said it at the time) simply weren’t on a level that interested me when one considers the vast number of recordings available by truly great players. Personally, I can’t imagine ever being “bored” with the existing supply of great recordings by great players. And I’m not talking about the greatest of the great either. Not every really good tenor player, for instance, is on the level of a Coltrane, or Rollins, but still rewarding to listen to….obviously. However, there are many levels below that and it gets to the point when one (I) says “what’s the point?”. Just to have something different? Even if it’s mediocre? Worse yet, NOT different, but totally derivative. No thanks .

Lastly, as time marched on many of the supposedly “obscure” players posted weren’t that obscure at all. For instance, look at recent posts. Howard McGhee and Eddie Harris, obscure?! I don’t think so.

Anyway, this subject would arise in discussion one way or another over the years and the term “Frogman’s rule” stuck, somehow. I’ve never used it myself. I hope this clarifies things somewhat and Happy Holidays to all.


Actually, it’s "The Frogman’s First Law"

His second law is "Rok2id is the most knowledgeable Jazz aficianado in the whole world." For some reason, it is not quoted as often as his first law. Could that be because the first law is in effect? Makes a body wonder.



That’s right, “The Frogman’s First Law”.  As far as (my?) Second Law” goes, well……..😊

I must say that i am not a musician...

I cannot evaluate jazz players as well and as precisely and historically as erudite as frogman ...

As he said there is no rule...

Most geniuses are known in all human fields ...

But unrecognized geniuses by all save a few who knows them exist ...

Roger Boscovitch is no less genius than Newton but he was very less known...

Gesualdo in music is a genius on par with many more well known others ... his genius is more visible today ... Only Monteverdi can exceed him with his creativity ... And only Bach can rival Monteverdi in genius anyway...But if we forgot who is the better, Gesualdo is unique in all musical history ...

And in the short history of jazz which is now an earth global affair, many names deserve to be more well known who are not so well known in North America...

One thing is sure, music moves us and the way music moves us at the end obey no rules and sometimes some music moves us more than it moves many others ...

Music at the end is a personal affair more than a cultural race to win a prize...

We cannot love all musical geniuses at the same level for each one of them ...We obey our heart and our heart is unjust or unwise he does not need any reason to love ...

I discovered long time ago that i love musicians more than the musical language because each musician give its interpretation in its own unique way ... Understanding each musician is an ideal position , i am not qualified nor able to do it ... I love too much some to be fair and balanced ... It is why i appreciate frogman judgment so much ...





I can’t imagine ever being “bored” with the existing supply of great recordings by great players.

I can definitely agree with this statement. And before I started to use Spotify to give a "test listen" I purchased a lot of CDs that I wished I had not.

If an artist is relatively new, or an older/obscure artist that for whatever reason I was not aware of, I can listen to them first and then spend my hard earned money if I like the artist and his or her artistry.

Been listening to the great Julian Edwin Adderley a lot lately, and "Cannonball" fits into @frogman the category of great recordings by great players in the quote.

These 3 albums should be in every jazz aficionados library. Cannonball was "canonized" by the time he played on all three. And the rest of the personnel on all three,



treat or regard as being above reproach or of great significance:

"he has been canonized by his fans"



The drummers on all three albums I presented, Philly Joe Jones, Jimmy Cobb, and Art Blakey represent three of the greatest drummers in jazz history.

The same could be said about the bass players, Paul Chambers on the Miles Davis sessions, and Sam Jones on Cannaonball’s.

All four pianists as well represent the greatest in jazz, Red Garland on Milestones, Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly (1 track, Freddie Freeloader ) on KOB, and Hank Jones on Somethin’ Else.

This song, from the album Milestones, features just the rhythm section as Miles and Cannonball "laid out" making this 1 track a trio recording. IMHO, it is one of the greatest trio recordings ever made. I love the exchanges between pianist Red Garland and bassist Paul Chambers starting at the 2:50 mark, followed by Garland and drummer Philly Joe exchanges for the remainder of the song.


Lastly, as time marched on many of the supposedly “obscure” players posted weren’t that obscure at all.

This drummer fits into this quoted category. A drummer, Louis Hayes, 86 years old and still with us, that is obscure to most but not us jazz aficionados. Hayes played on many of the great Cannonball Adderley session throughout the 60s.

From a Cannonball 1960 live recording titled The Cannonball Adderley Quintet Live in San Francisco we can hear how talented Hayes, then just 23 years old, was on the kit.

Cannonball’s intro announcement for the song Bohemia After Dark,

"Now we’re gonna give our drummer, Louis Hayes, a spotlight in a tune by Oscar Pettiford called Bohemia After Dark"

lets us know the treat we’re going to get by Louis Hayes’s drum exchanges and solo in the tune. From the album and also 2 awesome live videos of the same tune.




I have been enjoying my "jazz on Sunday mornings" for over 3 hours now.

Louis Hayes also plays drums on this great Horace Silver album, of which the 9th edition of The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings

places the album among its suggested "Core Collection" of essential recordings, saying that it exemplifies Silver’s "virtues as pianist, composer and leader".