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