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.
Pharaoh Sanders, “The Creator Has a Master Plan”.  Amazing!  Thanks.

What other hat wearing tenor player had a tenor tone later in his career almost exactly like Pharoah’s?  Both came up in the “free jazz” scene around the same time (mid-late ‘60s).  Interestingly, his tone was fairly conventional at first and for the time:


Gato then went to a tone concept like Pharoah’s.  However, he used it to move to a much more accessible genre: World Music/Latin pop.  Usually works the other way around as far as tone goes, but it worked for him.  

“Trane was the Father, Pharoah was the Son, I am the Holy Ghost"- Albert Ayler

Go in with an open mind.  Otherwise, you may not come out 😊


Frogman, jazz is not something that exists free of gifted individuals. If jazz is moving so freely forward, why are you submitting so much jazz from the past? Why aren't you submitting jazz from 2010 at least?

Frogman, as much as I like Don Cherry and Gato, you can have that one. I either have that or something similar, that stays in the CD player just long enough for me to sit down, listen a little, then get up and take it back out.