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.
mary_jo is off for a while

One of my first "finding love for jazz" tune. Art Pepper, The Prisoner.

It makes me think that one is always a prisoner of something. Such kind of captivity lasts forever. Too long to be recognized. Dug to deep to be digged out. 

Today's Listen:

George Benson  --  TENDERLY

You can never be sure what you'll get with Benson.  Hard to put him in a box, but since McCoy Tyner and  Ron Carter are onboard,  this should at least be Jazz.






Glad you enjoyed Duke’s sacred concert music.  He wrote three Sacred Concerts toward the end of his career.  The music is seldom performed due to the number of performers required.  He considered the music for these “the most important music I ever composed”.  A side of Duke that is not heard often enough.

That Benson record has been one of my “guilty pleasure” records since I bought the lp years ago.  An example of when very slick and somewhat heavy handed production values actually work well musically...up to a point.  And for audiophile kicks, the sound is great.  All star producers and technical folk as well as players.

From the same time period and even more to the pop side things: