Artist - Dave Brubeck
Title - Time Out
Year of Release - 1959
Record Label - Legacy Recordings
The classic quintessential jazz. This is one of the all time greats. I'm sure you have heard it. If you haven't your missing something very special. For you vinyl guys, the album takes this recording to the next level. Take Five is truely breath taking.
Artist - Matt Bianco (featuring Basia)
Title - Matt's Mood
Year of Release - 2005
Record Label - Decca
First off, Matt Bianco is the name of a group, not a person, and the trio's 1984 debut album, "Whose Side Are You On?," went platinum. That didn't prevent the threesome from splitting up before they could even tour together. Basia Trzetrzelewska, the group's female singer, had her eyes on a solo career, and she took Matt Bianco keyboardist Danny White with her to create four albums under the single name Basia. Male singer Mark Reilly recruited a new keyboardist, Mark Fisher, and recorded eight more albums under the Matt Bianco moniker.
Last year Trzetrzelewska, White and Reilly reunited to co-write and co-produce a new Matt Bianco album, "Matt's Mood" and this spring they're touring as a trio for the first time.
Matt's Mood is flavored with jazz, bossa nova and Quiet Storm R & B. This one is great all the way through and does not get old after repeated plays. Check out some of the sound bites on Amazon. From the opening number "Ordinary Day" with Basia's smooth vocals to the rhythm of "Slip & Sliding", this album will make your speakers come to life.
Artist - Patricia Barber
Title - Modern Cool
Year of Release - 2002
Record Label - Mobile Fidelity Koch
This is an incredible ablum, right from the start. The very first cut "Touch of Trash" is sensuous music, showcasing Barber's voice and piano skills. Her voice is sultry and appealing. Close your eyes and just get lost in this smoky jazz.
Artist - Brian Bromberg
Title - Wood
Year of Release - April 2, 2002
Record Label - A440 Music Group
This is from jazz bassist Brian Bromberg on a 300 year old upright bass. The tonal quality of the notes is pure and sweet and what Brian does with it are magical. You will love his version of The Beatles "Come Together" like you've never heard before and smile when you hear "Star Spangled Banner".
Artists - Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto
Title - Getz/Gilberto
Year of Release - 1963
Record Label - Verve
Here is another classic. You have all heard "The Girl from Ipanema", but did you know it was written about the seventeen year old Helô Pinheiro. She inspired Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes in 1962 to write this song. Sitting in a cafe they saw her every day going to the beach of Ipanema, a district of Rio de Janeiro. Also, on the album the girl singing is Astrud Gilberto, Joao's wife. She and Getz's wife, Monica, were in the studio to listen. There is some debate over who suggested Astrud try singing a verse; Stan, Joao or Monica, but whoever did, it created one of the most memorable songs in history.
This is only one of the jewels on this album.
Artist - Multiple
Title - Very Audiophile New Recordings
Do yourself a favor and buy the B&W (BOWERS & WILKINS) Very Audiophile New Recordings album. I have the 180g vinyl but it is also available on SACD. Sara K. singing Turn My Upside Down has the most incredible imaging of any album I've ever heard. This direct metal master vinyl is some of the best produced. Not only sonically but it plays quiet right out of the sleeve. This is now my demo album for when people come over.
Artist - Madeleine Peyroux
Title - Careless Love
Year of Release - 2004 Record
Label - Rounder
The first thing you notice is how much she sounds like a young Billie Holiday. With pianist Larry Goldings and David Piltch on bass, they are a supurb band. A very light, half lit room kind of soft evening music.
Artist: Muddy Waters
Title: Folk Singer
Year: 1999 Record
The quintessential blues album. Muddy unplugged and at his finest.
Artist - Ottmar Liebert
Title - Nouveau Flamenco
Year of Release - May 7, 1990
Record Label - Higher Octave
This is the album that started "Nouveau Flamenco"This is a more audience-friendly flamenco. Gone are the rough around the edges riffs and strict Gipsy/Latin feel. Liebert adds some bass guitar, tropical percussion, keyboard enhancements and a little romance for a sound that's warmer, smoother and much more melodic.
Artist - Yo-Yo Ma
Title - Simply Baroque II
Year of Release - 2000
Record Label - Sony
Yo-Yo Ma plays with a baroque bow on his 1712 Stradivarius cello "reconfigured" as a baroque instrument with gut strings and no endpin and tuned a half-tone lower. This gives it a mellower, more subdued sound, though his tone, despite very sparing vibrato, retains its unique expressive warmth and purity. A pleasure even for those that are not classical aficionados.
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