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.
Mr. Frog, thanks for today's musical journey. 

Love Freddie, but not my favorite number - I was reminded of Al Hirt, and that's not a good thing.

Lady Day, great clip I hadn't seen before.  No comment needed.

Bob Berg, good grief.  Why don't I know about him?  Passionate musicianship.  I wish I were as close to the jazz world as you are, but I'm soaking it up.
Al Hirt?!!!  But, what about those funky glasses? 😊  OK........

And, of course, from my very first post on this thread, one my favorite trumpet solos in recorded Jazz:


Bob Berg:

Hero to the NYC based tenor players of the post-Coltrane generation.  In many ways always in the shadow of the great Michael Brecker.  While not quite the unbelievable virtuoso that Brecker was, he was arguably the more musically interesting player.  Very passionate player.  Alumnus of one of Miles’ last bands, Cedar Walton, Horace Silver, Steps,  and others.  Tragic death in an auto accident at age 51.





Ha!  Not physically.  It was getting stuck on 64th notes (I didn't really count) in the highest octaves.  Now "Arietus" is the Freddie I know and love.

Re: a discussion we had months ago, note Paul Chambers getting top sideman billing on the Oliver Nelson cover.  Wonderful, classic piece by the way, thanks.

Will have to return and check out the Berg cuts - looking forward to it.  Interesting we both chose the word "passionate."
I have 2 versions of Cedar Walton's "Eastern Rebellion". One disc has Bob Berg on tenor sax and the other features George Coleman on tenor sax.

Both are very good albums that the frogman pointed my direction to.