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.

We welcome you with open arms David. That's a marvelous beginning; remember, we are all still learning, there is no end to this journey.

Your honest and sincere beginning has brightened my day, and I wish you an enjoyable journey.
Thank You Orpheus10 for your well wishes. My journey has begun, I just pre ordered Born to be Blue - Grant Green  on vinyl.....will have to wait until the end of October for its release but if it’s anything like Blue & Sentimental it will be well worth the wait!  Again, Thanks!

David, if you've been following this thread, you know how much I like Grant Green and Ike Quebec. Here's one of my favorites by Ike;


That vinyl will be worth the wait.

Acman, I've never heard that Max Roach before. I'm glad it's nice and long; I'm listening to it as I type.

That's new, new if you know what I mean, and I think you do. All of that inventive percussion has really captured my attention. I don't know any of the players but all of them are mesmerizing.

I'll get back to you with my conclusion.
Today's Listen:

Oliver Jones -- A CLASS ACT

A Canadian pianist.  His international reputation is far greater than his rep here in the USA.  I love his playing.   He is like another Canadian  Jazz pianist, Oscar Peterson, in that, he is not a creative innovator, but a very fine player.   A Class Act indeed.

His career shows the importance of being fully merged into the Jazz scene in this country.  It makes a difference.

Here are three tracks from the CD, two written by Jones and one by Bill Evans.   All very easy on the ears.