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.
They are simply emoting. As you know playing a musical instrument is a physical act and it’s natural to want to move with the music to one degree or another. I find that players in some European orchestras tend to “move” a little more than in American orchestras.

Now, and not meaning to get too “Zen” about this. Some pieces of music just seem to flow more at a particular tempo; arguably (but probably) the tempo, or very close to the tempo, that the composer intended. One of the many little mysteries in music performance. Obviously, some conductors sometimes have different ideas on tempo. I would say that Barenboim pretty much nailed the tempo sweet spot and he really got those Berliners grooving to Tchaik’s waltz. Having said all that, “”Waltz of the Flowers”! C’mon! Who can resist the lilt of a good waltz?


That was a very young (pre-haircut) and very energized Gustavo Dudamel conducting for Pope Benedict (2006?) As I think you know, I prefer to not to talk too much about my personal professional experiences here, but this relates to Dudamel and the COVID situation discussed previously:

This past March I was in the middle of several days of recording sessions with the NY Philharmonic for an upcoming Steven Spielberg film of Bernstein’s “West Side Story” scheduled to be released in January of 2021 when all the COVID sh$t really started to hit the fan. The final sessions had to be cancelled and the project delayed (?). Dudamel was the conductor (with haircut). I must say that the guy is a huge talent to reckon with and very nice guy.


Berliners can deal with any tempo and any conductor .At their all -out it’s like being glued to you chair .They can and will pull back the reins on somebody they don't care for .
Today’s Listen:

Tuck and Patti -- TEARS OF JOY

No notes to speak of, just track and production info. Windham Hill Jazz label. Minimum packaging. I remember when they were all the rage. 1988.
Nice Music.   Love the cover art.



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