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 do not, pjw.  Recently picked up the "Rollins in Holland" record, but don't have DG's Steeplechase.
pjw, I too am a fan of Steeplechase and have several of their releases including The Apartment posted by acman3.  I have a few of LTD’s live recordings on the label including all three volumes of “Swiss Nights” and the two with Jackie McLean.  The music, as expected, is great. I am probably more tolerant of inferior sound quality than some, but I would say that the sound quality of those is not that great.  The Jackie McLean dates are particularly subpar unfortunately.  However, still very listenable.  Hope this helps.  

Some of Jackie McLean's solos stand out among others; it seems to me that these are among his best.


Can you find as good or better?

Today's Listen:

with / Buddy DeFranco(clarinet), Oscar Peterson(piano), Ray Brown(bass), Buddy Rich(drums).

Notes point out that Hampton is the only Major Jazz Instrumentalist to be active in nine(9) decades!!          Recorded 1954

flying home

don't be that way

je ne sais pas

it's only a paper moon

Questions to The Frogman:

Talk about what happens at 1:58, if anything did happen.