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.

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.





Why do we like the music that we like? In pop music it was thought to be a generational thing. I'm applying that same theory to jazz, and it works out to a point. Beginning with "swing", which was before "Bird", he brought in "be-bop" which phased into "hard-bop" and  what I call "modern jazz" that covers a lot of territory.

"Bird" was active from the 40's to 55 when he died. Most will agree, no one person made a greater change in jazz than Charlie Parker; since his time, jazz has branched out in different directions, all related to Charlie Parker, and morphed into what most people call "modern jazz". That has gone on through the 60's and into the 70's.

We did a side step with "fusion", but we went back to "modern jazz", which is pretty much a catch all category. I can't see where we have gone past "modern jazz"; somebody keeps talking about "free jazz" which sounds like "chaos" to me and a lot of other people; anyway, that "free jazz" never quite catches on, I know I have a lot of it I would like to sell if anyone is buying.

If there is some great movement after "modern jazz" that has eluded me, would someone please bring me up to date. I stated music and jazz was a generational thing, and I haven't gone anywhere in a fundamental sort of way for decades; am I stuck, or is jazz stuck?
Very nice player, Oliver Jones.  Nice clips.  Student of Oscar Peterson and shows it.  He doesn’t quite reach the amazing technical command of Peterson, but who does?  Lighter touch and not quite as rhythmically assertive as Peterson, but brings a somewhat more modern harmonic approach to the table as your second clip (Mark My Time) demonstrates; as opposed to Peterson who always stayed in that place between Swing and bebop.  I like him.  Thanks.