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.
@keegiam Here is the version to get. I have it and the sonics are really good.

Grant Green - The Complete Quartets With Sonny Clark (1997, CD) | Discogs

There are plenty of reviews of the remaster on the internet. Not one bad review in the bunch.

Or you can buy the 3 separate original recording sessions on LP or CD.

The LP’s I have seen are reasonably priced not so the Japanese CD remasters.

Here are the 3 albums Originally issued and titled "Nigeria", "Gooden’s Corner" and "Oleo".

If you buy the double disc on the link above you will not be disappointed.

As I said earlier the Grant Green and Sonny Clark pairing was divine. You can hear the "telepathy" between them as they play their unique takes on all those standards. You can pay 20 bucks for the aforementioned CD compilation or 100 - 200 for the individual albums. Either way this music should be in any "Jazz Aficionado" collection.

BTW they also played together on the session "Born To Be Blue" a quintet with Ike Quebec on tenor sax, Sam Jones on Bass and Louis Hayes on drums joining Grant and Sonny which can be purchased separately. The songs on BTBB are not on the 2 disc comp.

(1) Born To Be Blue - YouTube

(1) Someday My Prince Will Come - YouTube

(1) If I Should Lose You - YouTube

Not all aficionados are Connoisseurs; they select the best and leave the rest.
I always appreciate super systems but am still thrilled by my own run-of-the-mill high end set-up.  
I always say: What I have, is the best. :--))
Jazz players are special. 

What would you have to do to make a jazz musician feel bad about their playing?

Absolutely nothing.