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.
Welcome back, mary_jo. You made me blush with your El Chombo clip. That’s the disadvantage (?) of actually understanding the meaning of the lyric (singular). Stick around.
I wouldn’t call it disadvantage fro. Besides blushing is good for health. :--) ;--)
Today's Listen:

with / Tyner, Garrison, and Jones

'Notes', by Leroi Jones.  The great civil rights warrior that fought the entire struggle on the NYC front.  This album deserved better.

He did mention it was a small crowd at Birdland that night.   It's amazing how many great moments in Jazz are witnessed by so few.



recorded in the studio


While I normally prefer to post music intended for “community” consumption, I will make an exception for a worthy cause.  

Today is Rob McConnell’s birthday.  One of Canada’s greatest Jazz personalities, he is a great big band leader and arranger who leads one of the most swinging big bands around and plays the seldom heard valve (as opposed to slide) trombone.  For those with audiophile sensibilities, if you can find any of his early direct to disc recordings on the Unbrella label, snatch it up; fabulous sound.  

For Schubert and his love of Canada:



I should have written, “was” a great big band leader....