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.
acman3 those are great JH selections. "I have the complete State of the Tenor" double disc set and lush life. I also have "An Evening with Joe Henderson" with Charlie Haden and Al Foster.


Your last link of "The Montreal Tapes" is the same trio with Haden as the leader on the album cover and with 4 different songs. I'm going to buy that disc!
A wealth of riches!  Fantastic Joe Henderson clips.  Thanks, all.

Gotta love YouTube!  Check out Joe’s solo as a member of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra live in 1970.  Amazing!  One of the very few modern tenor players whose playing shows practically no hint of Coltrane.  Total original:


Fast forward to 31:12 (if you must ☹️) to hear Joe trade fours with Eddie Daniels.

Schubert, Falletta is a gem!  Good luck with that 😊
It feels good just to check your postings guys. It seems as if you always have an ace up your sleeve when you speak about jazz. Great music, love it.

pjw, when I saw the news about Gilberto, I remembered you and your admiration for Gilberto.

Speaking of jazz sessions, had a privilege to attend one yesterday.

The live jazz show as the part of the summer festival was held in a small but pitoresque town called Solin - a town with rich cultural and national heritage, located on the river called Jadro and in the very vicinity of second largest town in Croatia - Split. The romantic place with warm and intimate atmosphere. A perfect place for jazz.

I went there alone since my friends do not listen jazz at all. Why they do not listen it, can’t tell but I am sure that the reason is, among other things, in the fact that jazz shows are not happening that often. You can’t learn to love, what you can’t see or hear, right?

Anyway, I was in my little black dress, all dressed up, looking all shiny under the city lights. Ok, maybe I was not quite like Bety from orpheus first post but I surely felt like it. That counts too, right?

The guys were good. Their rare YT link: https://youtu.be/Twg_5XRlxCw

The audience numbered maybe 20 enthusiasts at the beginning. Those were serious listeners. Later, when the session was on it’s peak, more people came. Couldn’t figure was that because they heard good music (the door were widely opened) or it was getting too cold outside so they had to take a cozy shelter somewhere.

All in all, jazz rules. Ok, maybe not all jazz. Other music sucks. Ok, maybe not all other music.


They play well together and play beautiful , what more can you want ?

As you well know, all the ex-Yugoslav lands have had about every turmoil  and grief there is after Tito .

Countries in Europe where jazz is really big, like Germany and France, have a history of jazz going back to the 1920's when there was no rock and roll etc . Hercules would have a hard time establishing jazz even there today .

USA can keep a jazz culture of sorts because 3% of 300 million is still a lot of people . 

That said you never know what could happen in Croatia, a bunch of kids could make jazz popular with their smart phones !

I don't doubt you were the hottest woman there , great to see you are back .