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.
I didn't know Nina was bipolar.  Explains why she never seemed happy, and her music reflected that melancholy.

Julie London sounded great, but looked like the babe from 'GoldFinger".

Great Music.

Frog ,rok whoever .
This is what the Berliners can do with and for a Maestro they love andknow is very sick,The joy on Abbado's face lights  the Opera Hall in Palermo .
Almost all their clips are less than 3 minutes now with their free
digital stream .
But even a little is a lot with the most fierce of all the 9th's .


I have several CDs of Dvorak's 9th.  I prefer 'New World'.   Two with the Berliners, but with Karajan and with Tennstedt.

My go-to would be Chicago-Reiner.  Now on SACD, but I had the original on LP.

Classical music just seemed to sound better when the giants, Reiner, Bernstein, Ormandy, Fielder, and Munch ruled the American classical landscape.   I never thought of buying anything from European groups back in the day.  How things change.

Not sure if these American orchestras even record anymore.  No sound like the 'Philadelphia' sound.

Good clip of the Berliners.


Not sure if these American orchestras even record anymore. No sound like the ’Philadelphia’ sound.

Of course they do, most all the big ones as ‘then’, and even more today. The Cleveland Orchestra just started their own label, and their first release is superb.