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.
So happy to see lots of love for the great NEA Jazz Master Mr. Jimmy Heath or "Little Bird" as he was affectionately called by his peers.

Jimmy wrote this composition for his Idol and teacher Dizzy Gillespie. Jimmy also was enamored with Benny Carter


NEA member Jimmy Heath


This is one of his first albums as a leader - 1961 IIRC. Riverside label. Orin Keepnews signed him.

nsp, I agree KCFB Big Band is one of the best! And that is a great album in your link!
81563, I don’t really know what the best college BB is, but If I was 18 and looking for a jazz school my butt would be on its way to North Texas !


This lady is a FANTASTIC saxophone player .https://youtu.be/NRLvMhz89UQ?l
Not hard on the eyes either .

pjwI borrowed a James Carter CD from my library, JC on the set. It's a mixture of originals and standards. Based on listening to this CD and listening to samples online I've just purchased my first James Carter CD the real quiet storm. It's on its way.