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 have been listening to "Wes Montgomery", both of them; he's two musicians rolled into one, the more jazz oriented Wes before 65, and the Pop oriented Wes who became famous after 65. I like them both; as to which one, that depends on my mood.

This is the most beautiful version of "Round Midnight" ever.


Later on there was "Bumpin on Sunset"; thus began another period in his music.


Wes played some beautiful music and I enjoyed it all; his music has so many beautiful memories to go along with the music for me.

Glad you liked it, pjw.  Nice commentary.  Thanks for the lyrics.  
Wes Montgomery:

Notice the producer of “Bumpin...”.  Creed Taylor.  Early example of the CTI formula and sound.
Yes pjs, Thanks!

It's so strange that a slave trader from centuries ago could write a song about me.

Has anyone ever wondered why absolutely nothing that came from Africa survived US slavery?

All throughout the Caribbean and South America, stuff survived that came over with the slaves from Africa.   But not even one drum lick that came from Africa survived US slavery; voodoo over here came from Haiti. Blackey had to go to Africa to discover the African drum.