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.

**** Is that Sanborn? ****


I can see why you may have thought so, but you’re right, no it’s not.  First, it’s a tenor, not alto; Sanborn never plays tenor.  However, its all Sanborn in style.  Sanborn developed a style that gave birth to countless “Sanborn clones”.  Mostly alto players, but many Pop/Funk tenor players also copped his style.  A style that is not notey at all, even minimalist, but very soulful.  He credits Hank Crawford and, are you ready?, Stevie Wonder’s harmonica playing for a lot of his vibe.  Early Sanborn is my favorite.  Very raw sound…..would never work for Bolero 😊



David Sanborn played in Mr. Wonder's band in 1971/72.  He has very nice things to say about that time.

I have a CD  'Best of Randy Crawford' on the Warner Bros label.  Sanborn plays alto on that version, and it's a killer.  Eric Clapton on guitar.  Can't find it on youtube.  Maybe Dylan got Jealous.  The song belongs to Crawford now.

Didn't know he played with Wonder.