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.
mary_jo, I have posted this around Thanksgiving time. My favorite “thank you” jazz tune.  Jerry Dodgion’s best known tune.  Sounds like something Billy Strayhorn might have written:

That is wonderful "Thank you" song fro and yes sounds like Billy made it. Remarkable "twist" at 3:56. 
Beautiful Oscar Peterson, pryso. “Night Train” is a classic; great feel on that record.

One of my favorite current piano players. A little brainy at times, especially on up tunes, but very interesting player.


Yes something for everybody.4 excellent musicians. I actually own this "Silence" cd but have not listened to it for a long time.  A nice mellow recording.