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.

Pryso, I just received that 5 record set by Miss D, and I only auditioned side A of "After Hours"; this is the quietest record I have ever not heard, and the music is spectacular, I mentioned the musicians on page 432.

Dinah grew up on the South Side of Chicago where jazz is king, and this is evident by her choice of musicians; all of the very best jazz musicians available at that time. The music is so tough that the album I reviewed would be boss without her, and she knew that, but it's spectacular with her.

I'm still waiting on some "Telefunken Tubes", so I won't play any more of these albums until after the tubes arrive.

These are "Verve" records and they are much better than the original records (no noise); highly recommended.
Today’s Listen:

Miles Davis -- BALLADS & BLUES

Notes: "The recordings collected here are taken from one of his famous "Birth of the Cool" sessions in 1950, three sessions cut for Blue Note between 1952 and 1954 and the landmark 1958 "Somethin’ Else" session, which is a Cannonball Adderley date in name only." By Alfred Lion, I think.

I am only the messenger.

I like him better muted.






I tried to stay away, but they keep drawing me back in;

"Something Else" session, which is a Cannonball Adderley date in name only.

Somehow I can not find the author of that statement; if someone else finds it, could they make it known to me; or are you implying that Alfred Lion made that statement?

This sounds like a "John Coltrane" album to me;


After Miles intro; what do you hear; the baddest tenor to ever exist, the one that made Miles albums best sellers.

And look at that photograph behind Miles; that's "Round Midnight" in the city; don't need no floosey lyrics; that's Hard Bop in the big city; kind of scary, kind of mysterious, but always exciting because you never know what's going to happen in the next minute; that's the life I lived and loved.