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.
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The  phone rang, a guy picked up and said "Blue Jeans Cable", I had to LOL.  Imagine hearing a real person on the first ring.  He had all my info right at his station.   That's another reason I like this company.

The studio versions of this are simply called "April Seventh" - no year included (I first heard it on "European Impressions").  Not an April 7 goes by that I don't think of this piece.

Live, solo, 1977:

With John Scofield and Joe Beck, 1979:
Wonderful live Larry Coryell, Keegiam. What a player! Thanks.

Today is a triple birthday celebration. Three of my favorite Jazz artists. Two, well established as two of the greats and one still gaining the deserved recognition. Each, representative of a different era in the music. All three, sadly gone.




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