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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I think you are correct about the origin. Btw, I was not in the 2nd Brigade, I just use that icon to honor the origin of the name ’Black Jack’. I was in the DISCOM, 1st Cav. Cheers

Yeah, but it’s just as hard fightin and stringin communication wire from the back of a horse as it is fightin and ridein from one!

I never has known Hancock was so good....The quality of his musical output from bluenote is homogenous...not a single less interesting track... Thanks...

mahgister, when you write something, it is some of the most beautiful, ethereal words of poetry - put to pen, I’ve ever had the opportunity to read...

Herbie Hancock was the pianist in the best jazz combo ever assembled. (mahgister!) Enjoy your journey! The members here have introduced me to some of the greats in the same way.

Wait until you get to the FUNKY/JAZZ years of Herbie...!



@acman3, I wanted to drop, shall we say somewhat of a different music with a gut bucket stank funky jass grove by some new lions on/of the current scene to show case these young cats here but I didn’t want to show out? As it were? But you have opened that door for me to show case this young cat called MonoNeon on the electric bass. Playing it left handed, upside down - nasty! Kind’a like Jimi...

Notice how the drummer, Tamir Barzilay effortlessly I might add, keeps everybody in the pocket...Groovy baby!

Thank you!

Lurch | Scary Goldings (ft. MONONEON)


Some up tempo here to celebrate and up lift us for the season, baby.


MonoNeon with Ghost-Note: "Phat Bacc" | SugarShack Sessions


And I aint mad a yah! Hah!

Dats' it bro!

@rok2id, every language in every culture does this. Always cutting off words. ’Bro’ was originally pronounced ’bruh’ as in brother and not brō, which I hate!

For some reason those cut off or slang words make us feel more comfortable. Like a secong language of sorts. Only spoken by the ’Hip’ few. Although I never did quite understand what a ’Hep Cat’ was? Lol! (Yes I did!)

If you think about it, a lot of American slang or cut off words coming from the black jazz musicians were originally from slang words developed in the black south. Chittl(in) circuit anyone?

But I know you already knew this being a member of the Black Pack 2nd Brigade 1st Cavalry Division. We honor you! (In) ’22!


This young gato, Dafnis Prieto reminds me of a modern day ’Fania All-Stars’. You never cease to amaze me...


My man, love me some Cannonball Adderley

The Black Messiah
is a live album by jazz saxophonist Cannonball Adderley recorded at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, California in 1971 featuring performances by Adderley’s Quintet with Nat Adderley, George Duke, Walter Booker and Roy McCurdy with guest appearances by Airto Moreira, Mike Deasy, Ernie Watts, Alvin Batiste, and Buck Clarke.[3] After many years of being out of print, The Black Messiah was reissued in 2014 by Real Gone Music; the new 2CD reissue included liner notes by music journalist/blogger Bill Kopp.

Check it out y’all. This is where I first heard the young George Duke and the Brazilian Airto Moreira.
Never heard of Real Gone. Thanks for the tip. 

I just happened to pass this way and was fortunate enough to come across the Paul Martino posts. Thank you guys for this! As I had never heard of him!

mahgister, for years I thought John Coltrane was the father of free jazz until I read one of your ’poems’ on another thread and found out that it was Ornette Coleman that is the father of ’free jazz’. Nicely done!

schubert I get it! And I would like to share something with you. Just recently George Benson was asked who he thought was the best guitar player and without hesitation he said Django Rinehart. Not Charlie Christian, Eddie Lang nor Wes Montgomery.

Interesting you mentioning the word ’flabbergasted’. Since you have given so much to us, here is a link to some eclectic music that you just may enjoy!☺


Man this interesting stuff! Just a couple weeks ago I posted a comment on ’Bands/artists you never got to see live in their heyday, but would’ve liked to.’

11-11-2021 9:29pm

Wow, I had almost forgotten what a nice thread looks like with like minded people. For some reason I got old jazz guitar slingers on my mind.

Django Reinhardt Charlie Christian Eddie Lang Jim Hall Barney Kessel Bill Frisell Tal Farlow Herb Ellis Freddie & Grant Green Charlie Byrd Kenny Burrell

And as many a jazz guitarist I’ve known about over the years, I had never heard of Pat Martino! Until about a week or so later, I discovered here, thanks to you guys!

So I gotta ask?

coltrane1, why did you leave Eddie Lang off your jazz guitarist list above? His style of playing jazz to me, is show nuff blues and country music based indeed. Just curious?

Guitarist Anthony Wilson live with Diana Krall.

I much prefer his tone to Pat Martino’s. Reason being Anthony plays a Gibson Byrdland archtop as opposed to a tele like guitar.


That is an insane statement if I ever heard one. Not only is Pat Martino a master guitarist but a master band leader as well. Pat Martino has played with some of the best musicians that have ever lived. And HE knows the BLUES!

Guitarist Anthony Wilson born in1968, is a BABY compared to Maestro Martino! And you play guitar!?

frogman, if coltarne1 can’t understand the massive CHOPS of Pat Martino? Then there’s nothing you or we can do. Especially, after dropping that YouTube video Oleo! He is a front man.

His band in the video would blow the Anthony Wilson band live with Diana Krall. OFF THE STAGE!


And to the comment, ’I much prefer his tone to Pat Martino’s. Reason being Anthony plays a Gibson Byrdland archtop as opposed to a tele like guitar.’

Let me explain, and give an analogy.

A master carpenter can take the worst, beat up, broken tools and create a master piece.

And a apprentice or even a newly minted journeyman could not match the skill set of a master carpenter even if (he or she) had brand new spanking tools.

And the quality of workmanship would not even come closet to the master carpenter’s with the worst, beat up, broken tools.



Y'all Jammin! This is what we/I used to do as kids. Turn each other on (introduce) to new music. Swingin!

It’s as everything you had to say is now irrelevant because your tone is crap. All my opinion.

Well it would seem buy consensus here on audiogon that more agree with me than you. And that is a fact, and has nothing to do with opinion. By the way I played drums, not a pro but have ben playing since I was 6 and have very good ’tone’.

What is the correct steps to post a video with a active you tube video?

Tammy couldn’t do it either! Thanks

frogman, it’s me Tammy’s trying to help me post a you tube video with the video itself without seeing just the URL. Sorry guys.

Well? At least I got a small view port interface? At least it’s a start?

Thanks frogman, I clicked on the share button like you said.



’The label was created as an alternative to traditional jazz, invoking a more political and spiritual tone, often with funk overtones.[5] Black Jazz (Records) released various types of music including, funk, free jazz and soul jazz. Black Jazz Records was also known for its unique album cover concept, which was copyrighted by the label.’


In the words of James Brown, you’re ’doing it to death’...I had known about the Doug Carn releases on black jazz records featuring also his wife at the time Jean Carn, but you’ve just - masterfully I might add, opened me ears and mind to digging the entire catalog I did not know about. WOW!