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.
All this fuss,  over, what the world's foremost Jazz authority, moi, considers 2nd tier players at best.

I agree.  In the overall scheme of things, second tier players.  Well, one of them, anyway.  Grover, a tier or two lower.  Harris did have a special thing.  Funky as hell, but no Coltrane.  
Water under the bridge. It’s a tense and difficult time so all is forgiven 😘. A friendly reminder that the bottle of isopropyl clearly states: “For sanitizer use.  Not for human consumption!” 😊

Today is the great Fats Waller’s birthday!

Innovative piano player whose “Stride” playing style would lay the foundation for all modern piano styles to follow. Amazing contribution to the music. Composer of some of the most popular tunes in Jazz and charming entertainer/vocalist to boot!





Thomas "Fats" Waller:

I guess it's getting to be a cliche, but he truly died too young and too soon.  Died in 1943 at age 39.   Just think what he could have done had he made it to the post-war years.  

Fantastic musical output that like much music of that era, suffers from poor recorded sound.

'G' word does apply.

Today’s Listen:


Recorded late in 1957, and released as "Dinah Wash Sings Fats Waller". I have a later reissue titled "The Fats Waller Songbook", same songs.





And, a must have / listen for all Waller fans:

I think these folks on Broadway really capture Waller. Washington is  just a little too slick.