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.
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.
Hate to post technical stuff because last time I did everyone stopped posting for 2 days. LOL.

I plan on conducting my cable experiment on Sunday. It may take a few hours because I will listen to just 1 song with old cables then the same song played through the same transports with new cables.

Then I will put back old cables and repeat with a second song.

I feel this is the only accurate way to accomplish this. I have chosen the source discs. They are as follows.

A new (2020) release of J.C's. A LOVE SUPREME. Its a Japanese pressing using the DSD source on a  MQA-CD, UHQCD remaster format.
I picked it up last week after the guys on the Steve Hoffman music forums confirmed it was one of the best sounding re-issues of this classic.

My favorite Paco de Lucia album ALMORAIMA 2006 Remaster Spain (originally recorded 1990).

And lastly, at frogman's suggestion, Sonny Rollins' A NIGHT AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD RVG remaster from 1999. (originally recorded 1957).

Wish me luck.