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.

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



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

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


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!



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:



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  :



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.


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

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



I like it!  
Never heard her before, but I sure will look for more tomorrow.


Glad you do! I just picked up “Devotion” on CD and am listening to it right now. I have some of her other releases in my Amazon Music library but unfortunately they are somewhat hard to find in physical form.


good to see you around. :--)

But video that you posted for me is not available. Again those Russians! :--)

Will check your thread...

I was surprised that no one mentioned here Gypsy Jazz artists Certainly starting from Django Reinhardt, but today's lineup of such is also impressive such as Bireli Lagrene, Angelo DeBarre, Stochelo Rosenberg (Rosenberg trio), Jimmy Rosenberg and finally the universal player classical/jazz Antoine Boyer.

Angelo DeBarre, I think is the closest to the style of Django. Enjoy this B&W video so he indeed would seem like the one!


The Don Friedman Trio, Circle Waltz came up as a suggestion on Amazon Music and it is playing now. 

@curiousjim , I guess you could find more good music posted here than on stream😎...here is another Don Friedman album, both posted here, I believe. On the other hand, since I do not stream, perhaps I am missing something, but after a while its becoming more difficult for me to find more music that I really like...often I buy some another album of artists that I already have.Aldo, I admit @acman3 often posts music that I never heard before, if only I like it all 😀



I just started streaming right at two years ago. After I realizes that I have a wall of CD’s and vinyl I’m barely touching anymore and the price of a month on any of the streaming services is less than purchasing an album, I turned to the dark side.😁

This dreary Saturday morning I’m starting with Derek Smith, High Energy.

 Another underrated piano player,



I just started streaming right at two years ago. After I realizes that I have a wall of CD’s and vinyl I’m barely touching anymore and the price of a month on any of the streaming services is less than purchasing an album, I turned to the dark side


 The "dark side" is a great thing as you can sample before spending on physical media, whether vinyl or digital.

I started using digital streaming 2 years ago as well. As you already know, being an ex CDL operator, we need music spending 8 - 12 hours per day in the rig.

Anyways Jim I have a suggested listen for you. It is based on your recent posts which indicate that you like piano trio sessions.

This is Geri Allen, Charlie Haden, and Paul Motian recorded live at the Village Vanguard, NYC December 1990. There are two discs available. The most common is the first link which is an entire album.

The second disc is entitled "Unissued Tracks" and is, IMHO, as good or better than the more common release. I could not find on You Tube the complete Unissued Tracks but individual songs are there.

The entire 2 night concert was released on a the DIW Japanese label. Dont ask me why a NYC show was released on a foreign label. The one thing that upsets me is that the label should have issued the 2 separate discs as a 2 disc "Complete Villag Vanguard"

first track on the "Unissued Tracks"


Both are available on Spotify so the hi res streaming services should also have them.


Yogi Berra Explains Jazz:

Interviewer: Can you explain jazz?

Yogi: I can't, but I will. 90% of all jazz is half improvisation. The other half is the part people play while others are playing something they never played with anyone who played that part. So if you play the wrong part, its right. If you play the right part, it might be right if you play it wrong enough. But if you play it too right, it's wrong.

Interviewer: I don't understand.
Yogi: Anyone who understands jazz knows that you can't understand it. It's too complicated. That's what's so simple about it.

Interviewer: Do you understand it?
Yogi: No. That's why I can explain it. If I understood it, I wouldn't know anything about it.

Interviewer: Are there any great jazz players alive today?
Yogi: No. All the great jazz players alive today are dead. Except for the ones that are still alive. But so many of them are dead, that the ones that are still alive are dying to be like the ones that are dead. Some would kill for it.

Interviewer: What is syncopation?
Yogi: That's when the note that you should hear now happens either before or after you hear it. In jazz, you don't hear notes when they happen because that would be some other type of music. Other types of music can be jazz, but only if they're the same as something different from those other kinds.

Interviewer: Now I really don't understand.
Yogi: I haven't taught you enough for you to not understand jazz that well.


I appreciate all your suggestions and listen to most, if not all of them.  Man I wish I had more than a Sony Walkman and later an IPhonr 4s when I drove. 

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Humor jazz or clown jazz.. I bet it's really new here so enjoy some laughs!



Yes-- Strozier is the sax player. 

So many excellent recordings to explore by W. Shaw if you've not yet done so. 


Until today, I’d never heard of these guys and they’re right up my alley.