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.
orpheus10
I should have written, “was” a great big band leader....
frogmanConcerning the article you posted on  Rudy van gelder's engineering output. Correct me if I'm wrong. Because I didn't read the entire article But it seemed that the author was saying big name Studios had better equipment  and more advantageous Studio space and so were able to create better sounding recordings than Van Gelder.Honestly I consider that premise  a crock of bull. It doesn't add up for me. There's a lot more that goes into engineering ( microphone choices, placement of microphones, etc.) than just having the best equipment. And Studio space.
For example a small company such as contemporary Made some of the best recordings of the 50s( examples Rollins Way Out West, Shelly Mannes trios , Art Pepper) due to  excellent engineering by none other than  the legendary Roy DuNann.I have been collecting. Vinyl and CDs for four decades and many of them. Engineered buy Van Gelder with excellent sound. For that author to dismiss Rudy's contribution as volume only  And give him no credit for sound quality is ridiculous.
Just my 2 cents
frogmanI have those direct to disc recordings. You mentioned by Rob McConnell. I need to dig them out and give them a listen.
That’s not exactly correct. The article on Rudy Van Gelder included the observation that when he moved from Hackensack NJ to the new location in 1959 the sound quality improved because the space was a larger “professional” space. The alleged problems with RVG recordings prior to 1959 was apparently due to the relatively poor hand built space in his parents home. Of the early Savoy recordings pre 1959 on the Japanese Savoy Jazz label I’ve listened to the non-RVG CDs sound more musical and engaging than the RVG, but I’m just getting started listening to a bunch of the Savoy Jazz CDs which included recordings from 1940s and 50s many by RVG in Hackensack NJ. I have not listened to any post 1959 RVG CDs.