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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Freddie Hubbard / Goin' Up


Featuring a band of Hank Mobley, McCoy Tyner, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones.  Geez, Freddie, hire some musicians next time.  (Maybe he couldn't get anybody good to work for him because he was only 22 at the time.)


Thanks. It dodged me by 1-2 miles, both north and south.  Five killed.  But other than the power being out for a while last night, no apparent harm done immediately around me.


Ray Brown Trio / Soular Energy

There's something about this record I really, really like.  I know Gene Harris is supposed to be the star of the show, but there's something about Ray's playing on it that really speaks to me.  The swing, maybe?  I don't know.
@keegiam Yup, "Sidewalk Blues" is on the album I listened to.

Mary Lou Williams / Live at the Keystone Korner
Bud Powell / Jazz at Massey Hall, Volume 2

I guess I’m in a piano mood. And I love live albums, regardless of genre.
Here's an interesting analysis on "The Girl from Ipanema" and its "Brazilian-ness."


There.  I posted a YT link.
Western Swing is the thing, O10!
Heh, I never fathom music, @schubert .  I just let it do its thing.
Jelly Roll Morton / Jelly Roll Morton

First time I've just sat down and listened to his stuff.  I dig it.
Larry Young / Unity
Sonny Rollins / The Bridge
Trentmemphis, I would say that folks here mostly do not use stream services , so dont be shy with ytube.

Hmm.  I mean, I'm no young whippersnapper.  I'm in my 50s (not too grumpy, though, I hope).  I have a nice turntable and I buy records.  But for exploring music you aren't familiar with, you just can't beat a good streaming service.  (I've discovered *so* much good stuff since signing up for one a few months ago.)  If people prefer not to use them, that's cool.  I have no problem with that.  But I probably won't go looking for YT versions of artists/albums/songs I mention, just to post links here.  That's not any kind of judgment on anybody's [non]use of streaming services.  It's just a personal decision on how to use my time.  If I'm not listening to it on YT, I'm not likely to post it from YT.  I'm sure everybody knows how to look things up on there.

Well done Trentmenphis! Nice clip and nice analysis.

I generally find that guy's content interesting.  His band's music isn't my bag, but I enjoy his analyses.
Thanks, guys.  I'll have to think about the Desert Island List.

Probably won't post many YT links.  For one, I doubt I'll be making many arguments.  Just saying what I'm enjoying.  No need to back that up.  And most everybody has access to at least one streaming service with at least as large a catalog as what's on YT, if they want to check out anything I mention.
Guys, I'm trying get into the spirit of the discussion, but I can't quite make out what it is.  The original post says it's to share your favorite albums, but as I looked back at the last few pages, it seems to be more of a "what I'm listening to right now" conversation.

I'm interested in either one.  Just not sure which one I'm supposed to be doing.

Also, discussion seems to be pretty centered on jazz that's on YT.  Is that the idea?
Maybe our collections are very large with mostly 'killers', and if we listened to roon, we would miss listening to the killers in our own collection.

Well, again, I'm cool with that.  I'm not saying anybody's doing it wrong.  Whatever works for everybody, go with it.

Would "roon" have played the albums Alex posted?

Based on what it has recommended already, I'm virtually certain the answer is yes.

Umm, how big a desert island are we contemplating?

This is *a* Desert Island List, anyway. I wouldn't call it definitive, even just for me. 

In no particular order, just scanning through the jazz portion of my Roon favorites list and jotting down what jumps out at me:

  • Bud Powell / Jazz at Massey Hall, Volume 2
  • Grant Green / Idle Moments
  • Stanley Turrentine / Up at Minton's
  • Melody Gardot / Worrisome Heart
  • Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers / Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band / A Tuba to Cuba (Original Soundtrack)
  • Joshua Redman / Freedom in the Groove
  • Ray Brown Trio / Soular Energy
  • Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers / Moanin'
  • Bela Fleck & the Flecktones / Tales from the Acoustic Planet
  • Wynton Kelly Trio & Wes Montgomery / Smokin' at the Half Note
  • Wes Montgomery / Bumpin'
  • Wes Montgomery / Full House
  • Arne Domnerus Group / Jazz at the Pawnshop
  • Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker / Carnegie Hall Concert
  • Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong / Ella and Louis
  • Bill Evans Trio / Live at the Village Vanguard
  • The Quintet / Jazz at Massey Hall
  • Jim Hall / Concierto
  • Sonny Rollins / Way Out West
  • Miles Davis / Kind of Blue
  • Hugh Masekela / Hope
  • Buena Vista Social Club / Buena Vista Social Club
  • Louis Armstrong / The Great Chicago Concert
  • Tommy Flanagan / Flanagan's Shenanigans
  • Lionel Hampton / Lionel Hampton in Paris
  • Hank Mobley / Soul Station
  • Wes Montgomery & Milt Jackson / Bags Meets Wes!
  • Lee Morgan / Search for the New Land
  • Oliver Nelson / The Blues and the Abstract Truth
  • Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau / Nearness
  • Dianne Reeves / Good Night, and Good Luck
  • Sonny Rollins & The Modern Jazz Quartet / Sonny Rollins With The Modern Jazz Quartet
  • McCoy Tyner / Live at Newport
  • Dinah Washington / Dinah Jams
  • Ben Webster & Tete Montoliu Trio / Gentle Ben
  • Nina Simone / In Concert
  • Miles Davis / In a Silent Way

Like I said, I really like live recordings, be they in front of an audience or live in the studio or, in the case of the Dianne Reeves soundtrack, live on the set.
People here feel that a streaming service would be a waste of time.

That's okay with me.  I'm not evangelizing for anything.  Just addressing why I'll probably differ from what seems to be the usual practice in the thread.

YT has a treasure trove of films of live performances, many of them with respectable audio tracks. Downright mesmerizing, especially if you appreciate live performances. YT's value is immeasurable.

Oh, sure.  I've watched a good few of them.  I'm just saying it's not where I go to listen.  When I find something and come here to post about it, I probably won't be coming from YT.  I'll be coming from Roon.  If people want to go to YT to find it, that's great.  I just won't have a link.

Re: "Girl from Ipanema," you posted that excellent link we just discussed on the Steve Hoffman site a month ago

I'll have to check that out.  Thanks.  I used to watch/read his camera reviews.

Nice Desert Island list. I'm still wondering how we're going to power our turntables when we're washed up.

Thanks.  I could whittle it down if I spent some time trying, but nobody put any limits on me. :)

We can run our turntables like a pottery wheel.  Sit there and kick the flywheel.  Want to play 78s?  Kick harder.

'Cause g's are for squares, daddy-o.


That one (Makhathini) led me to Christian Sands, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Jimmy Greene, who I'm definitely going to be checking out.

I've always loved Cecile's voice and phrasing.  Brother Tootie's "Philadelphia Beat" record is a good one, too.


I'm always ready for some Sonny Rollins.  May have to pick that one up.  Thanks!
Messiah: I *love* choral music, having sung in one for a while.  I strongly prefer a capella, though, which, in my experience, is strangely hard to find.

Clifford Brown / Brownie: The Complete EmArcy Recordings of Clifford Brown

Stahp spying on me through the internets!  I was just listening to that Sonny Rollins pianoless trio album last night, and also added a couple of Dexter Gordon records to my library last night.



The PaTRAM Institute Choir has put out a few excellent records in the Orthodox tradition:


Most of what's on YT seems to be their Male Choir, which, while still awfully good, I don't like as well as mixed voices.
Robert Shaw:

The goto person for all things choral.

Shaw did some great work.  I sang quite a few of his arrangements, back in the day.  But not many of his recordings are a capella, which puts them a bit outside my wheelhouse, unfortunately.  That Christmas album seems to be an exception.

Michel Benita / Looking At Sounds

Shirley Horn / "Yesterday"

Patricia Barber / "Alfie"

Dinah Washington / "Lover, Come Back to Me"

Coleman Hawkins / "Desafinado"

Abbey Lincoln / You Gotta Pay The Band
As somebody who's lived almost his entire life on the edge of the Delta, I always find it interesting -- quite often puzzling -- to hear what people say about it.

Freddy Cole / The Dreamer in Me: Jazz at Lincoln Center

Yeah, 2020 isn't a great year to see much of a new place.  No, there's practically no jazz scene at all in Memphis.  Rock, blues, Americana, soul . . . not much jazz.  And, unfortunately, our last audio shop closed about 10 years ago.  We used to have a couple of pretty good ones.  After the last one closed, George Merrill (he of the AR turntable mods, decades ago) opened kind of a half-shop, carrying just a few lines and doing business by appointment only, which, incredibly enough, I think is still around.  I think it's moved since I was last there, though.


I was going to mention this one:


Or even:


Incredible that there is not an Audio shop in East Memphis or similar? I suspect customers drive to Nashville.

I moved here in my 30s, and I find [white] Memphians have a strange fascination with Nashville.  I think it's a grass-is-always-greener thing.  Memphis is not without serious problems, but the struggle with them is out in the open here.  Memphis wrestles with its history pretty honestly, unlike Nashville and, frankly, most other Southern cities.  You can feel history at work here.  Maybe that, along with the mashup of cultures, is why it's produced so much remarkable music.  (Nashville has produced a lot of music, too, obviously.  Some of it wonderful.  Most of it unremarkable, though, in my opinion, and much of what *is* remarkable is remarkable for its dishonesty and bad taste.  In my opinion.)

Anyway, yes, there's enough money in various parts of Memphis to support a good audio shop.  Just not enough of it belongs to audiophiles, I guess.

Tierney Sutton / Blue in Green

  Trentmemphis, checked out Freddy Cole @ JALC.  Very nice!  Unique stylist and very good band.  Thanks for the tip.

I’m intrigued by your comment re what people say about the Delta.  Would like your thoughts.

I just recently ran across Freddy, myself.  I dig him.  He's not trying to set the world on fire.  He just plays good music well.

The Delta is so dadgum complicated, it's hard to even know where to start.  And living practically my whole life on the *edge* of it, particularly as a white person, does not make me an expert.  Most particularly because I grew up in what's called a "sundown town."  But I did grow up cheek-by-jowl with it, in a small, rural town, in a family who didn't have any money and didn't even know anybody who *did* have any money.  I spent a lot of time on my grampa's farm, so I know the heat and the smell and the sweat of the cotton fields (and then the soybean fields and then the rice fields, with their clouds of mosquitos), up close and personal.  I know the levees and the ditches and the fence rows.  I know shotgun houses and dogtrot houses.  I know the religion of little, country churchhouses built by the same people who worship in them.  All of that was part of my raising.  It's very much a part of who I am.  Levon Helm and Johnny Cash are musicians I *immediately* and implicitly understood.  Race put me at one remove from Delta blues, but only one.  It was a different dialect, but still my native language.

When I hear people talk about my little part of the world, what they're saying usually *feels* untrue more than sounds untrue.  True as it may be, it's inaccurate.  I'm sure everyone feels that way when they hear an outsider talk about the place they're from.  It's just that the place I'm from happens to get talked about that way a *lot*.

The Lord would not put more on me than he knew I could handle.

My man Jim White would beg to differ:

Now dreams are just prayers without the put on airs
And though my history of dreams is a scandal
Of back-assward schemes and romantic disasters
Where Lord, you dealt me more cards than I could handle


I had no idea there was so much Blues that I like, maybe I like Blues After all.


Enjoyed that one.  I have his Marseilles record.  May have to add that one, too.  Thanks.


Is that correct Trentmemphis?


Carmen McRae / Carmen Sings Monk

I seem to be on a bit of a female vocalist kick.
Ahmad Jamal / Ahmad's Blues

The aforementioned.
Ben Webster & Oscar Peterson / Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson
Lester Young & Teddy Wilson / Pres and Teddy
Sarah Vaughn & Her Trio / Swingin' Easy

Stan Getz / Sweet Rain
Chet Baker / Chet Baker in New York
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra / ...And His Mother Called Him Bill

Duke's fairwell to his recently deceased friend and collaborator, Billy Strayhorn.  I don't listen to a ton of big band, but this is good stuff.
I was in the other room a little bit ago when Roon Radio decided to play a Nina Simone track ("I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl").  I immediately recognized it was Nina Simone, of course, which made me think, "Nobody else sounds like Nina Simone."  Then I thought, "Like Billie Holiday."

That led me to this question.  While nobody really sounds like Billie Holiday, there are singers who try to, but does anybody even *try* to sound like Nina Simone?  I can't think of one.  She seems to be completely sui generis.

What do you guys think?  Who tries (or tried) to sound like Nina?  Anybody?
Since we've been talking about the relationship between jazz and blues:

Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars / Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy
And now for something completely different:

Blossom Dearie / Blossom Time at Ronnie Scott's




Blossom starts the set/album by remarking, "My mother doesn't know I'm here.  She doesn't know I work in nightclubs.

"She thinks I'm still in jail."
If you're interested, Thad Carhartt's book "The Piano Shop on the Left Bank" goes into some of the differences between pianos (including Bosendorfers) and is a lovely read.

Etta Jones / Don't Go to Strangers
Herb Ellis / Nothin' But The Blues
I spent the evening letting Roon Radio pick things to play.  I played Art Pepper / Intensity to seed it, then let Roon take it from there.  It did pretty well!  Nothing obscure or earth shaking, but I enjoyed nearly everything.

Some tracks it picked that I particularly enjoyed:

Benny Golson, "Serenata" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7rDs_TbFz0
Horace Silver, "Sister Sadie" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmO2pM20MrU
Jackie McLean, "Torchin'" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADDGJBt6kwg
Freddie Hubbard, "Gypsy Blue" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoUhsjXtWcY
Dexter Gordon, "I Was Doing Alright" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6a62E9hQ1Q
Joe Henderson, "Out of the Night" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygvgs5jaUhw
Kenny Burrell, "Confessin' the Blues" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaWvpeNOB6k
Kenny Dorham, "I Had the Craziest Dream" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RL4yPSocho
Ike Quebec & Grant Green, "Count Every Star" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-SOS2Lo5yU
Sonny Clark, "Eric Walks" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5dIZD2CDmY
Donald Byrd, "Duke's Mixture" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8mm5ek8XOI
Sonny Rollins, "Global Warming" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0-X5qR08o0
Red Garland Trio, "C-Jam Blues" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4mwdEtx-88
Hank Moble & Lee Morgan, "High and Flighty" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X91tBx2Skvg
Coleman Hawkins, "Blue Lights" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duV_IAmgUjQ
Miles Davis Quintet, "Blues by Five" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaBAfHs4Qc8
Thanks, guys.  Last night's session reminded me how much I like Kenny Dorham.  Pretty sure a record or two of his will be on today's playlist.
I don't know what article you read, but it wasn't the linked one.
You're quite welcome!  It made for a very nice evening last night, for me.  I guess I *will* post YT links every now and then. ;)

"Sister Sadie" was hot. I really enjoyed that Ike Quebec & Grant Green track, too. (I've forgotten the name because I'm terrible with song names, and of course the forum software doesn't show previous posts when you're writing one, so.)

Larry Coryell has (had?) some serious chops.

Then one of us is missing something important.  Maybe it's me.


You do you.

Returning to the subject at hand:

Kenny Dorham / Quiet Kenny

A wise person once told me...Do not believe anything you hear and believe only a half of what you see...

Marvin Gaye's delivery of that saying is one of the great line deliveries in the history of pop music.  I feel it every time I hear it.  Delivery and message just match perfectly.