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.
Of course here in the states we have many of these types of "jazz musicians" playing albums with an underlying theme, whatever it may be, and the questions about what genre to call this music still remains and will be debated ad nauseum. I look at it this way. If you dig the music who cares what label they stick on it.

Ambrose Akinmusire is a good example:

Ambrose Akinmusire - Tide of Hyacinth - YouTube
Received this in the post Friday and played it loud on my gear. Excellent album with excellent personnel 
Herbie Hancock, Jack De Johnette, Ron Carter, Mike Lawrence (a trumpet player who is never mentioned here) and the great Joe Henderson.  Album title "Power to the People"

Black Narcissus - YouTube

I suppose it's my fault for expecting something else. It's on Impulse
The reviewer makes a valid point that really resonates with me.  If you wanna make noise, don't do it on labels like Blue Note, Impulse, Verve, Columbia  etc.......
Those labels are supposed to mean something.

Maybe they should try recording on Deutsche Grammophon.  :)  Pigs will fly.


Pjw, Thank you ever so much for all this new information on Nubya Garcia. I have never seen an artist evolve so fast; watching her has been like watching a plant grow before my very eyes.

Before I saw your posts I was thinking about Nubya Garcia. I have decided to see if Target can order, or fill my vinyl needs because there have been too many delays. Am I the only person having trouble with deliveries?

Sons Of Kemet - My Queen Is Ada Eastman (Audio) ft. Joshua Idehen - YouTube
pjw815631,111 posts

Shabaka And The Ancestors - The Coming Of The Strange Ones (Visualizer) - YouTube

Nubya Garcia - Pace (Official Audio) - YouTube

VARIOUS ARTISTS - We Out Here - Amazon.com Music

Nubya Garcia: Source Album Review | Pitchfork

I'll take this list to Target and see what happens.

Thanks again for the recommendations.

rok I'm not always posting "noise" did you check out the Oscar Peterson Count Basie discussion about Art Tatum. They also play a little piano on it :) 

Surly old rok........I did miss you when you took a few weeks off.

BTW I googled SURLY and only a couple of the definitions fit you. One was grumpy LOL.