Updated Non-Classical CD's

  Artist Title CD # Comments
George Martin In My Life UND 80420 Classical Beatles tunes performed by celebrities under the baton of George Martin. I liked it very much. Jim Carrey's "I'm the Walrus" performance is to be heard.
Joni Mitchell Taming The Tiger Reprise
If you like Joni Mitchell you should add this one to your collection. If you're a first time buyer, start from her earlier albums. Recording quality is very good.
  Jethro Tull Stand Up 321042-2 This album is from 1969. I had the LP and now I bought the CD, just for one track: "Bourree". It's definitely worth it!!!
Patricia Barber Modern Cool PREM
Another winner after her successful "Cafe Blue". Excellent music and recording.
Grant Green Idle Moments Blue Note
This CD is a Jazz classic. Every collection should have it. It's strange that my discovery was so late. 1963 recording is very acceptable and natural.
Cannonball Adderley Somethin' Else Blue Note
This is really something else! You MUST hear "Autumn Leaves" performed by Adderley, Miles, Hank Jones, Sam Jones and Art Blakey. Another classic from 1958. The recording is detailed and natural. I prefer the standard CD to the Japanese one.
Rachelle Ferrell First Instrument Blue Note
CDP 7243 8 27820-2
Very dynamic, beautiful performance. It's very rhythmic and vertical as opposed to horizontal. Listen and you'll understand what I mean. Very well recorded too.
  Charlie Haden
Kenny Barron
Night and the City Verve
539 961-2
Excellent live performance. You may listen while dining, reading or simply transfixed. Very good live recording a la Jazz at the Pawnshop.
Jonny Lang Lie To Me A&M Records
540 640-2
Blues Breakers of today. Young Jonny Lang's music and guitar playing is first class. Don't hesitate if you like white blues. Very well recorded.
  Kip Hanrahan Days and Nights of Blue Luck Inverted American Clave
JTAC 1012
First recorded in 1988, this is a Kip Hanrahan classic. One of the best!
Herbie Hancock Gershwin's World Verve
557 797-2
Hancock rediscovers Gershwin with his VERY special guests: Kathleen Battle, Chick Corea, Joni Mitchell, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Wayne Shorter, Stevie Wonder, .... A must for your collection!
Afro Cuban All Stars "A Toda Cuba le Gusta" World Circuit
WCD 047
If you liked "Buona Vista Social Club" you'll like this one too. First rate recording.
Bireli Lagrene Blue Eyes FDM 36591-2 Great guitar player and great jazz performance. Excellent recording. Buy this CD without hesitation. I guarantee that you will not be disillusioned.
Arild Andersen Hyperborean ECM 1631
537 342-2
Reminds you from time to time Sibelius like tone poems with infinite landscapes played in smooth jazzy fashion. Beautiful compositions by   Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen complemented with the legendary ECM sound!
  Dino Saluzzi, Anthony Cox,
David Friedman
Rios INT  2156-2 A beautiful combination of bandoneon, bass and vibraphone! This CD is like a very good French wine: it's smooth and leave an excellent taste in your mouth (or ear). Exquisite recording!
Gov't Mule Dose Capricorn
314 536 504-2
It's not a horse, it's not a donkey: it's Gov't Mule. A new (at least to me) rock group (2 guitars + 1 drum) and their brand new CD. It's reassuring to dicover that there are still good rock musicians. You will not be disillusioned.
Eliane Elias Sings Jobim Blue Note
CDP 7243 4 95050-2
Wonderful, sensual but fresh interpretations of Jobim's classics. Excellent recording is a bonus.
October Siren OM6 129 966 45 6 Rich in melodies, each track tells a different story about relationships. The marriage of lyrics and music is exceptionally good, they are made for each other. A great attention to detail is apparent. I loved this CD.
Siren is the debut album of October, a group based in Minnesota. The enhanced CD can be ordered from their web site: www.octoberworld.com
  Dino Saluzzi Cite de la Musique ECM
1616 533 316-2
If you like Dino Saluzzi, don't hesitate, this CD is a MUST! Great music and excellent ECM recording.
  Lori Lieberman A Thousand Dreams Pope Music
PM 1001-2
Each and every track is beatifull. Unfortunately you can't find this CD everywhere. Recording is very good too.
Cassandra Wilson Traveling Miles Blue Note
7243 8 54123 2
Same good standard of "New Moon Daughter". It also includes few Miles compositions. Very good recording with the same heavy bass line.
Onder Focan Vocalists Blue Note
Famous Turkish Jazz guitarist  Onder Focan's compositions sung by "Vocalists", among them Ajlan Buyukburc who passed away very recently in a car accident. Great music! Excellent recording made in Blue Note's New York studio. Well done Onder!
Kinks Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround - Part One Reprise
If you listen to oldies from time to time, I'm sure you will like this title from Kinks. Very natural and warm recording from 1970.
Astor Piazzolla Tango: Zero Hour Nonesuch
"This is absolutly the greatest record I've made in my entire life. We gave our souls to this record." said Piazzolla. 
I can't agree more. The recording is excellent and the CD is produced by Kip Hanrahan. Very very special!!!
  Kip Hanrahan Vertical's Currency american clave
JTAC 1010-2
Another great CD from Kip Hanrahan with Jack Bruce's smoky voice. Excellent recording.
Aydin Esen  Timescape dm 0006 This CD is an absolute "must have"! Our music genius did it again: beautiful compositions and great performance. Delicious in every aspect. He is accompanied by Baron Browne (bass), Steve Smith (drums) and Randy Esen (vocals only on two tracks). Very good recording is a bonus. Go to Aydin Esen's web site and listen to track samples.
The Pointer Sisters (first album) MCAD-31377 This is the first and best album of The Pointer Sisters. It comes from 1973. It is more jazz than pop and the recording is very good. Highly recommended if you like these ladies' style.
Ahmad Jamal The Essence Part 1 Bird Logy
314 529 327-2
Very dynamic piano playing of Ahmad Jamal is accompanied by an excellent rhythm section. The recording is demo quality. A classic in its style!
Dr. John Afterglow Blue Thumb
Dr. John sings with zest jazz and blues standards from early 50's. He is accompanied by a big band. The recording is excellent!
Jennifer Warnes Famous Blue Raincoat 258 418 This CD is from 1987 but I had it very recently. Jennifer Warnes sings Leonard Cohen's songs. I can easily state that Ms. Warnes versions are better than the originals. BEAUTIFUL!!! The recording is also very good.
Joni Mitchell Both Sides Now 9362-47620-2 In this brand new CD (released in 2000) Joni Mitchell sings smoky jazz standards or oldies including two of her own. The choice of songs is made in a thematic manner: they outline different phases of a romantic relationship starting from flirtation and ending with disillusionment. Mitchell is accompanied by a big string / brass orchestra. I liked her new style and the classy retouching made to the oldies. The recording is excellent!
Ian Anderson The Secret Language of Birds BTFLY CD 0002 Another brand new 2000 release. If you like Jethro Tull I'm sure you'll like this CD. Ian Anderson's singing, flute playing and guitar sound is very much like the old times, but he is now a bit softer, lusher and more romantic. The recording is very good.
Steely Dan Two Against Nature GIANT
Although I'm not a big fan of jazz-pop music, I very much liked this new CD (released in 2000) of Steely Dan. I think it is one of the best examples of its kind: well thought, sophisticated and meticulously executed. The recording is excellent. 
Joshua Redman Beyond Warner Bros.
A superb jazz record from a very mature Joshua Redman. The sweetness of his tone is a delight. The recording is also excellent, it brings Redman right into your room.
Antonio Forcione & Sabina Sciubba  Meet Me in London Naim
CD 021
What a recording!!! Very difficult to surpass indeed, BRAVO Naim! 
The music is also first class "easy listening" category. There is basically one female vocal and acoustic guitar. Both musicians are Italians. They perform the compositions of people like Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau alongside their own. A must have!
Dee Dee Bridgewater Live at Yoshi's Verve
314 543-2
Another great live recording! Dee Dee is accompanied by a trio. Excellent music which has all the virtues of live jazz club performance. The recording is truly demo quality.
Victor Lewis Eeeyyess! ENJ-9311-2 The drummer Victor Lewis is the composer of most of the pieces of this album. This is first class jazz music where Victor Lewis does not impose itself on the foreground. Other musicians are: Seamus Blake (saxophones), Terell Stafford (trumpet), Stephen Scott (piano), Ed Howard (bass), Don Alias (percussion). The recording is excellent.
Rickie Lee Jones
It's Like This Artemis Records
751 054-2
This CD could be called "Pop Pop 2". Delightful interpretations of rock and jazz standards. The recording is top class as in most RLJ albums.


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