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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Little Randy is feeling his oats today. My guess is too much sugar.
Any relation to Audrey Farber? Everyone knew her as Nancy.
Just picked up Court of the Crimson King on CD 4 days ago by accident. Iconic cover art.
Canadian soul? You mean he wasn’t a good tipper?
Nurse, Thorazine! Man down! 
The king of make-out parties. “Chances are...because I wear a silly grin....”
That story isn’t as funny as I thought it would be. Comedy is subjective.
Difficult, perhaps. But not impossible.


I have sympathy for your feeling , but in truth only Gods knows that .

>>>>>Wow! So The Beach Boys were right, after all!
Music soothes the savage breast, you savage!
You are quibbling. 

“More than 1700 Luftwaffe (German air force) planes were destroyed. The 2662 German casualties included many experienced aircrew, and the Luftwaffe never fully recovered from the reverse it suffered in August-October 1940. The Royal Air Force (RAF) lost 1250 aircraft, including 1017 fighters.”

That was the turning point.
German military prowess? You mean like attacking Russia in winter in their summer uniforms? 😳 Or like losing half their air planes in the Battle of Britain? 
You say Hello, I say Goodbye.
1974 better not be 56 years ago. 😩
Apparently you can. You just did.
Milt Jackson’s stuff on Savoy especially the Japanese Denon remasters is pretty sweet.
All this talk about drugs. I’m pretty sure I just got a contact high. Whoa! 😳
Quick interrupt. Is there a consensus on recordings by Rudy Van Gelder? The reason I’m asking is because there appears to be some controversy because he made so many recordings in his makeshift studio in Hackensack, NJ from 1946 until 1959 when he moved to a real recording facility in Englewood Cliffs. And for many different labels, over a very long period of time, especially Savoy and Blue Note until 1959. I read somewhere that certain musicians refused to be recorded by Van Gekder because his recordings didn’t sound like the musicians. Some people speculated that this self constructed studio was not acoustically satisfactory. I am trying to avoid purchase of Rudy Van Gelder recordings until I sort all this out. Is it a coincidence that many of the Savoy Jazz Japan CDs from the 40s and 50s for sale on eBay and Amazon are Rudy Van Gelder productions? There’s a Rudy Van Gelder website that provides the complete discography for his recordings.
Peter Aczel, the Ayn Rand of audio.  Read him.

>>>>Spare us.
That’s not exactly correct. The article on Rudy Van Gelder included the observation that when he moved from Hackensack NJ to the new location in 1959 the sound quality improved because the space was a larger “professional” space. The alleged problems with RVG recordings prior to 1959 was apparently due to the relatively poor hand built space in his parents home. Of the early Savoy recordings pre 1959 on the Japanese Savoy Jazz label I’ve listened to the non-RVG CDs sound more musical and engaging than the RVG, but I’m just getting started listening to a bunch of the Savoy Jazz CDs which included recordings from 1940s and 50s many by RVG in Hackensack NJ. I have not listened to any post 1959 RVG CDs. 

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One of the most remarkable musical events I have ever witnessed in all of my life was when I saw "Andreas Vollenweider"; I was transported to another time and place in my life.

We got the mezzanine front and center seats; it was like being in the center of a huge speaker, plus I brought two sets of binoculars, one for wide angle, and another long range to zero in on details.

>>>>>>Yeah, mescaline will do that. 😳