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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Vietnam led me to distrust my own country.  Later on I learned a lot more that made it worse.  Please don't ask, at least not on this forum.

My original anthem wasn't jazz:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7qkQewyubs
frogman, that Ella/Barney Kessel clip got the ole goose bumps goin'.  Thanks!

We're so lucky to have this treasure trove at our fingertips.
It's Friday and that Snooky Young gave me goose bumps for the first time all week.  Among other things, his gentle touch when he adds vibrato is lovely.

Thanks frogman for the history on "Li'l Darlin'."  I had no idea bands looked at it that way.  Your clips show what a challenge it is, at that tempo, for the arrangers, leaders and players to keep it engaging and draw the audience deep into the mood.  Great stuff.

This is a very rewarding thread.  I'll stay ready and eager to "bite"!
Great clips of Sonny Rollins in Denmark '65 & '68.  Pederson is on bass both times around, really going all-out.

Sweet - 1957, Ben Webster's "Soulville" with Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Herb Ellis.

Webster's tone: always thick, sometimes husky, sometimes raunchy.  I could go on & on.

acman3, how did I miss the Joe Pass "Autumn Leaves?"  Thanks for that one.  Short but so sweet.

Has anyone else noticed melodic similarities between certain lines in "Autumn Leaves" and the later "I Left my Heart in San Francisco?"

Just catching up with yesterday's great links.  Thanks all.
rok OMG - "Black Bats and Poles" - TY!  BTW composer is listed as... Jack Walrath.


Wasn't familiar with "Changes Two."  On my list.

Great clip.  It has to be tough not having lips.

Frogman, that Bill Withers number may be one of the best combos of funk and soul in existence.
O10, thanks, love that Pettiford piece.  Marvelous.
Thanks Frogman, yes I have a Louis Jordan collection.  Fun stuff - lots of boogie in those four clips.  Laissez les bon temps rouler!

I hope you caught the Bob Berg interview I posted a few days ago.
O10, this album is on its way to me.  Ex+ and ultrasonically cleaned.

Oscar Pettiford Memorial album "Prestige Historical Series"

Do you have that one?  I've only heard a couple of tracks so far.
If, at 93, I were still able to melt hearts with beautiful tone and playing sensitivity the way Heath does on "Fashion or Passion," I'd reach ecstatic contentment (if that makes any sense).

Thank you Jimmy Heath, RIP.   (And thanks Rok.)

Your Cliff Notes version of that study is a great explanation for the difference between "thick" and "husky."  The player's initial attack on blowing each note does seem to be the difference between a raspy "edge" and a smooth, rich "thick" tone.

Can "husky" be extended beyond the initial attack and maintained through the entire note?  I doubt it, but I need to listen more to focus on that.  Seems we always learn that we have much more to learn.


Those Robert Ealey numbers are outstanding, thanks!

One more tonight.  Powerful performance.

Nina Simone - Antibes (1969)
pjw, thanks for the Art Pepper.  Gorgeous.  Another record to "acquire."
Rok, you're a fervent nationalist when the subject turns to... anything at all.

Davis spent "too much time in Europe?"  Please explain.  Seems to me he had a very rewarding career doing what he chose to do at every turn.

I doubt we'll ever get you to self-audit, but we won't stop trying.
O10, that "Zombie Fela Kuti" by Newen Afrobeat is smokin'.  Funky, wild, cooking stuff.  You're on a roll today.
Man, that tenor tone.  Tough to beat.

Ben Webster - "Solitude"

Alex, thanks for adding to the Charlie Rouse discussion. Great tracks, thanks.

It strikes me that the sidemen on "Taking Care of Business" weren't up to Rouse's level. And Rouse really lit it up on that Dave Bailey track.
Still in the vein of Weather Report's "Black Market" - from 2015

Flew into Tegel a dozen times 12-13 years ago.  Very handy to the City.  So much history there - fascinating place.
Good googagoolamy, that "Night and Day" hit the spot.  Thanks Mr. Frog.
acman3, this Gillespie Nation concert you shared is over the top.  How in the world do you bring all this international talent together and arrange such amazing music?  And then there's the fantastic videography.

frogman, Coryell was a virtuoso, and he didn't seek acclaim.  He just kept pursuing his love of the music, the beauty of its structure and his reverence for its roots (be they European or African).

I wasn't a big fusion fan.  The performance that initially got me hooked was solo acoustic at Montreux:


Watching his fingers work the fret board is akin to watching music theory graphically illuminated right before our eyes, all with passion and abandon.

When we lost Coryell, we lost one of the masters.
Warning: Chicago Blues ahead.  T-Bone Walker, Joe Turner, Otis Spann & more.  It is what it is.

"Super Black Blues"

This popped up on YT.  "The Making of 'River: The Joni Letters'"

OP, I'm happy you enjoyed Sonny Criss.  But, c'mon, you're still sneaking in a listen and an occasional comment, so we're not buying the "retired OP" role just yet.
If you like Wayne Shorter, "must haves" to me would be:

"Speak no Evil"

Of course, there are also many good Weather Report albums.
pjw, you will find Holdsworth ranked ahead of Di Meola on most of the lists.  This crow is delicious!  (Remember - NOT a fan of the latter.)
O10, "Nica's Dream" really hit the spot, thanks!
Cannonball video '63.  Check out the personnel (Nat, Lateef, Zawinul):

Another sweet Django/Davis track from '39.  I had no idea Beryl Davis was 15 when these were recorded.


I'm not a "fan" of Corinne Bailey Rae.  As I mentioned, I bought her first CD.  I played it once or twice.  It sits on the shelf.  I think she did decent work on the Joni Mitchell tribute, but, now that you mention it, she does throw in too much "baby talk" effect.  Rickie Lee Jones does that too.  That's pop, right?  Intriguing style though, and I do like her cockney moments.

Another wonderful performance, beautifully filmed.

Note Paco's use of a capo on the 2nd fret in the opening piece, as a soloist.


"Nowhere on the continent of Africa can be found the quality of African rhythms and music as in Brazil; the musical soul of Sub Sahara Africa sailed away on a slave ship."

Your conclusion that the musical soul of Africa "sailed away" to another continent and was somehow drained away forever is, in a way, elitist - the last thing I would have ever expected of you.  African music is, to this day, just as amazing as Brazilian music.  Sometimes you get carried away.
frogman, I haven't received my check for October.  Please remit ASAP.
On Yoko’s part, or Marija’s?  😊
Not allowed to say - there's a hush request in place.

frogman, it definitely settles into 4/4, but the beginning is way over my head time-wise.

I did get into Return to Forever way back when but soon stopped putting it on the platter.  I think I relegated it to the fusion category, which, while I respected the levels of composition and musicianship, was so frenetic I didn't often play it.  (You may recall my fondness for Larry Coryell, but I never listen to 11th House).

When I get my SOTA/SME back online, I'll have to revisit my ECM Corea vinyl.
frogman, thank you for your detailed description.  I have printed your post and plan to jot the syncopation down on staff.  It's been so many years since I've read music I need to brush up, starting with understanding your explanation of "Antidote."

I'd like to be able to recognize the complexity of the syncopation within the time as well as you do.

BTW, nice talk on syncopation by Wynton.

You could ignore the chatter and just click on the posted links to check out recommended music.  Great way to explore stuff you're not aware of and wind up with more great music to listen to.
Hiromi Uehara and Michel Camilo.

Charlie Parker's "Billie's Bounce"