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.
Orpheus10 thanks again for sharing your memories of the "good ole days" when jazz was still king.

I know your having serious health issues but when you feel up to it know that I will be watching for your posts on your favorite jazz music and the musicians that you had the privilege to see live. 

 Lou Donaldson and I had a 20 minute conversation at a joint on 51st and Broadway, NYC, and I will cherish it always.
Orpheus10 I understand what you mean about the drastic change in Miles' music and dress code. I have read a couple of his biographies and know a little about him.

And your perspective is different because you were listening to him as he changed in real time not after his death and on recordings.

BTW, I have that Blakey album along with 50 something other Blakey discs. Also one of my favorites.

Miles Davis is the definition of the word "Enigma".

Lou Donaldson was one of the first jazz musicians whose music I played over and over; I just couldn't get enough.

Here is an example of his beautiful early music;




I have seen "Sweet Papa" Lou Donaldson at least a half dozen times and in almost every known jazz venue in NYC.

He sounded great right up into his mid - late 80's. I have not seen an announcement for him playing for about 3 -4 years now I think he finally retired.