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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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.


Fortunately, Burrell's discography is quite extensive, so you should be able to find plenty of tasty offerings...


I am happy to say All Night Long, is on Qobuz and I am happily listening to it now.  What a great group of musicians!


Sad to say, Tin Tin Deo, doesn’t seem to be on Amazon or Qobuz, but I listened to the first two cuts on YouTube.

Another one (would not bother you more) with Frank Morgan and Kenny Burrell


I believe that this classic album was one of the favourites of our late OP, hope his in a better place now, sipping scotch and enjoying heavenly tunes in a great company of all jazz players there


@stuartk Turrentine has always been one of my favorite tenors and Kenny Burrell belongs in any conversation of greatest jazz guitarist's just like @jafant Pat Martino.


Turrentine's Blue Hour and Burrell's Midnight Blue are both on my desert island list.

Two other Kenny Burrell albums that belong on any jazz aficionados "must have jazz guitarist's list's" are All Night Long and All Day Long. The title tracks of those two albums, All Night Long and All Day Long, clocking in at 17 plus minutes and 18 plus minutes, respectively, are alone worth it to buy physical copies of each.


As for Turrentine paired with Burrell I highly suggest Jubilee Shout and Hustlin'


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


Yes-- Strozier is the sax player. 

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


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


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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. 

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.