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 3 responses by mmai

All excellent choices, guys!

Aside from those well known tunes, here is my list of somewhat off-the-beaten-path choices:
I am not sure if they are available on CDs since I only have them on LPs.

George Arvanitas -- 3AM
Ray Brown -- Moonlight Serenade
Joe Burton -- Her I Am In Love Again
Serge Chaloff -- Blue Serge
Paul Chambers -- Bass On Top
Don Friedman -- Circle Waltz
Charlie Haden -- The Golden Number
Sheila Jordan -- Old Time Feeling
Teddi King -- A Girl and Her Songs
Shelly Manne -- Pretty Lady
Joe Pass -- Virtuoso Guitar
Oscar Peterson - Porgy & Bess
Sahib Shihab -- Sahib Shihab and The Danish Radio Jazz Group
mary_jo, I can smell myself being grilled already .. lol

Thanks for the warm welcome!