No-Miss List No. 74

ray charles and cleo laine
Ray Charles & Cleo Laine

You may not care for some of these selections, but there is no bad music here. These are some of my go-tos.

In no order.

  • Tom Waits & Crystal Gayle – One From the Heart
    salt, sugar, the soundtrack from the Francis Ford Coppola film.
  • Son Seals – Spontaneous Combustion
    great big hollow body, great big voice, great big feel
  • Art Pepper – Living Legend
    a great creator demonstrating the consequences of all his choices
  • Pat Martino – Live! (reissued on Head & Heart)
    if you were trying to play fusion guitar in the seventies, you listened to John McLaughlin and you tried to learn Pat’s solo on Sunny
  • Ray Charles & Cleo Laine – Porgy & Bess
    holy wrong ingredients on pizza! this is good. listen to this right now!
  • Zoltan Kocsis – Beethoven Sonatas 1, 5, 8, 17
    as Wallace Stevens said, “Technique is the proof of your seriousness.”
  • Jack’s Mannequin – Everything in Transit
    songs about love from the young can create a strange twisting in us older victims
  • Angels & Airwaves – Love (soundtrack)
    the film was indecipherable, but the music is satisfying
  • Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays – As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls
    contemplative and joyful, like everything they made together
  • Joni Mitchell – Mingus
    she’s a genius and one of the greatest musical treasures our popular culture ever produced
  • J.J. Cale – Naturally
    Clyde plays electric bass, plays it with finesse and grace
  • State Champs – The Finer Things
    freshen up your punk-pop

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