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.
Alex I am also interested in how & when you obtained your collection? Being from another country I was wondering how are you obtain information on different jazz artists and what sources  can you hear music? Jazz magazines , song Play on radio, television, internet radio, YouTube? Also are there stores where you can into and browse  music or did you have to order everything by mail?

Pjw, thanks for the warm sentiments.

"Indestructible" is killer; with Blakey, Lee Morgan and Curtis Fuller, how could it be anything else, they lived the music.


nsp, it seems we are both curious about Alex's collection; he has records so unique that it seems only a native of the South Side of Chicago in the late 50's would own them.

South Side Soul is just such a record, it captures the spirit and feel of neighborhoods in that part of Chicago so distinctly, that the music takes you back in time, and you can visualize being there, here is an example;


Ahmad Jamal was the house band on 64 and Cottage Grove where he recorded his famous album at the "Pershing Lounge", and I lived one block from there with my older cousin. One day I saw Dinah Washington coming out of the lounge and getting into her brand new continental with the spare on the trunk; it was that kind of place.

South Siders who were there at that time have a day that they honor this musician every year.

How did a record so unique come into Alex's possession?

      Track listing
"South Side Soul" (Esmond Edwards) – 5:02
"47th and Calumet" (John Wright) – 3:57
"La Salle St After Hours" (Armond Jackson) – 5:21
"63rd and Cottage Grove" (Wright) – 4:06
"35th St Blues" (Wendell Roberts) – 7:00
"Sin Corner" (Jackson) – 5:30
"Amen Corner" (Roberts) – 5:30

Pjw, while all those cuts were outstanding; Hank Mobley, Carmel Jones and Kenny Dorham appealed to me most, and will be added to my collection.