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.
Great record! Cachao was a giant in Cuban music. From a family of bass players! Can you imagine post Xmas dinner chez Lopez? That record goes back to early in this thread. You didn’t post one of my favorite cuts. Some very sexy clarinet playing by Paquito on one the great Ernesto Lequona’s compositions:

Actually it also caught my ear, and I had it posted, but decided, since it was only 1:18 in length, to replace it with Isora.


That clarinet piece by Paquito is a pure delight.  Thanks!  1:24 of heaven.
Today’s Listen:

with / Oscar Pettiford(bass), Kenny Clarke(drums)

Notes are the original ones that appeared on the Riverside LP. Tiny print, but excellent details on the genesis of this album. Also points out that Monk’s audience was growing. :) Recorded 1955.


it don’t mean a thing

black and tan fantasy


The cover art is a reproduction of "The Repast of the Lion" by the French "primitive" modernist Henri Rousseau.   Not the usual Jazz thing.

Back to jazz. I like Today's Listen. In time for good night sleep. My earbuds are on. 

Good night@

Don't you make too much noise guys, I am light sleeper!