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.

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.
**** 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 ****

O-10, because you brought up the subject of “free jazz” and, based on your post it seemed to me that you were connecting all post-bop jazz with free jazz. Two totally different genres. “Modern Jazz” has moved well beyond hard-bop while having nothing to do with free jazz. Moreover, there has been a tremendous amount of post-2010 Jazz posted by myself and others and two (“so much”?) examples of interesting, or at least significant, “free jazz” seemed like an appropriate contribution given your reference to it. Lastly, the obvious: 2010 to the present is a mere ten years; jazz, as you know, has been with us for a century. Many more examples, no? This subject has been beaten to death here, IMO, and there is a tendency to go around in circles with these general sub-topics. Bottom line, and as has been written many times:

”there’s the good kind and the other kind”, and we can find examples of both from any time period including the present.

Regards, and I hope that answered your question.
Questions to The Frogman:

A person sits in front of a stereo system and listens to a tune he has never heard before.   He does not know the group playing.   He has no prior knowledge of any aspect of the music he is about to hear.

Can a person tell just from how the music starts and what and how it's played at the beginning, whether or not there will be a vocal component to the tune.   


Frogman, what you call good jazz and what I call good jazz are two different things. Can we agree on that?