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.
nsp, the Amazon guy struck again and I got my first Haden-Rubalcaba
CD today . "Tokyo Adagio" .
He and Haden don’t play like one , they are one .
The love between them is palpable , perhaps intensified by Haden being so sick . Most of the music is slow tempo, not that it matters with Gonzalo as
he invented the continual variable transmission .
Nothing there but the music floating in the air with reference to nothing but itself . No place, no time, no person . Absolute perfection .If I was allowed one question to Rubalcaba it would be " Are you a student of Zen " ? Yes or no I would have my answer to all my other questions .

On a one to ten scale this CD is 117 aka trip to Infinity .
A voice with obvious “imperfections”; but, for me there is something special and very honest about the way that Abbey Lincoln sang. There is a sense that it is coming from a place very deep inside. Amazing artist. Apropos recent focus on a great songwriter (Hoagy Charmichael), Kurt Weill’s “Lonely House”. Kills me every time:


Imperfection is beautiful.