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.

Showing 50 responses by jafant

1959 was a banner year for Jazz;
Miles Davis -Kind of Blue
Dave Brubeck -Time Out
Charles Mingus -Ah Um.

if only Coltrane could have released 'Giant Steps' (1960)
during 1959...
I am stoked as we enter into 2015 and await the Jazz offerings for this new year. The last few years have been especially excellent for Jazz music. Happy Listening All!
I look forward to it- orpheus10-

your recommendation for OP, what are some of his best recordings?
2015 has been another banner year for Jazz.
Here's to 2016 and its continuation!
Thank You! for your Service- Schubert.
A great Christmas Jazz CD is the new one from India Arie & Joe Sample.
These are the last recordings for Joe Sample, whom died, in September 2015.
Happy New Year!

Matthew Shipp has (2) excellent cds in 2015.

laughing...there are many other countries that do not condone drug use/abuse and incarcerate their people for these crimes...
Agreed Orpheus-

Fathead Newman is an outstanding musician. I am excited this new year
to keep discovering and enjoying Jazz music!

feel free to list the new releases in 2016!
Keep me posted & Happy Listening!

it is difficult to go against Monk. Keep me posted & Happy Listening!
Any one have the new Bill Frissell CD ?
I can hardly await the next great Jazz CD of 2016.

the (4) cornerstones of Jazz are from the year 1959;

Miles Davis- Kind of Blue-
Charles Mingus- Ah Um
Ornette Coleman- The shape of Jazz to come
Dave Brubeck- Time Out

Honorable mention- John Coltrane "Giant Steps".
these discs will get you started in the right Jazz direction.
Pharoah Sanders is always great!
Big fan of the trio as well- Brad Mehldau is one of the best!
As much as I love Jazz music, big band/swing does nothing for me.'
I am much more into Bop, Hard-Bop and modal Jazz styles.

Renee Rosnes has a new CD dropping in February 2016.

Any other new Jazz releases slated for next month?


I concur w/ you- every Jazz fan must own "Swiss Movement".

Yes! calvinj-

Blue Moon + Saturday Morning are (2) recent masterpieces by the master himself.
Thanks! frogman-

Big Peter Erskine fan here. He is a master w/ the brushes- love his work and did not know that he has a new release for 2016?
Charles Lloyd- forest flower.
I dig the West Coast stuff myself.
Shelly Manne comes into my mind on the West Coast style.
Monk- Riverside Recordings
Yep, "Speak Low" is a great Jazz standard covered by many.

let's talk about Jazz Bassists;
Scott LaFaro is where I begin as he was quickly hired by Bill Evans (the great Bill Evans).  Was there anyone of significance prior to SL ?

Check out-

Akua Dixon- CD is avail via CD Baby.


can you tell us more about your incident?
Much Thanks! Schubert-
for telling your story. It is imperative that we share all experiences here, positive & negative, for the rest of us.  Sadly, eBay is just as bad, as every moron and I do mean moron, it is laden w/ really poor sellers.

Take Care,

I must ask, whom is "LEON" ?
Nope, have not heard of him???

back to leon- which recordings did he perform w/ Pharoah Sanders?
Many Thanks! orpheus10

which instrument does Leon play?
Agreed orpheus10-

most "art" types are maladjusted, to speak the very least. This fact does not make them bad people per se. Happy Listening!
TY- orpheus10-

are these the LP/CD titles?
Was there a prominent Jazz bass player prior to Red Mitchell?
Yep, Afro Blue is a wonderful standard.

I will look into it- orpheus10-

Another +vote for "Bass on Top".

I will also look into Doug Watkins.

From above-

I am really digging Curtis Counce & Bohemia after Dark!


what is the title of the Duke album, is it avail on CD?

what are some Red Mitchell titles as well?

TY- orpheus10 & ghosthouse.
Happy  Listening!
Was Leon similar to Donny Hathaway ?
Johnny Hartman?
Hang in there Orpheus10-

as above, our next Jazz Bassist is Mingus. Discuss...
IME, 1959 (the best year in Jazz) Mingus really took off both musically/professionally. Ah Um.
Thanks! for sharing- orpheus10 & rok.
Happy Listening!

I just heard something very nice by;

Jimmy Ponder- Alone Together.

Thank You- orpheus10- I will look into Abdul Malik.

Paul Chambers on deck...