My Jazzy Ride

The official j-notes transportation!

One of biggest challenges of loving music is that people come to you often for recommendations.
“Who are you listening to?”
“Who are 20 greatest jazz artists of all-time?”
“What music goes well with baked Alaska?”
“What can I play at a dinner party that will not offend my guest?”
While these are all very good questions, I would turn to you and say, “Who do you like?” When in doubt, compilations are always good because they usually have two or three artists on there that you like and give you several new ones to explore. Of course, I have my favorites which I could spend days listing but I also find out about good music by people’s recommendations. When I first started this site, I did a “Best of the Best for 2002” and it was quite challenging because some good music always gets left out. This time around, I am just naming an eclectic handful of my personal favorites. In turn, you can tell me a few of yours and we can share wonderful music together. Isn’t that the way it should be anyway?
Patti Austin – For Ella
Shirley Horn – Here’s to Life
Shirley Horn – Softly
Lizz Wright – Salt
Jeremy Pelt – Close to My Heart
Jeremy Pelt – Insight
Natalie Cole – Stardust
Carla Cook – Simply Natural
Ramsey Lewis Trio – Appassionata
Roberta Flack – Roberta
Dianne Reeves – A Little Moonlight
Vernell Brown, Jr. – A Total Eclipse
Cassandra Wilson – Glamoured
Oleta Adams – Circle of One
Andy Bey – American Song
Andy Bey – Shades of Bey
Andy Bey – Blues, Ballads & Bey
Wycliffe Gordon & Eric Reed – We
Milt Jackson – Reverence and Compassion
Ahmad Jamal – In Search Of Momentum
Various Artists – Girl From Ipanema: The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook
Ella Fitzgerald – First Lady of Song Box Set
Sarah Vaughan – Live at Mister Kelly’s
McCoy Tyner Trio – What the World Need Now – The Music of Burt Bacharach
Nancy Wilson – With My Lover Beside Me
Yellowjackets – Club Nocturne
Brenda Russell – Paris Rain
René Marie – How Can I Keep From Singing
Mark Turner – Ballad Sessions
Carmen Lundy – Self Portrait
Danilo Perez – Till Then
Ron Blake – Lest We Forget
Bobby Lyle – Straight and Smooth
Bobby Lyle – Ivory Dreams
Geoffrey Keezer – Falling Up
Eric Reed – Mercy and Grace
Onaje Allan Gumbs – Return to Form
Terrell Stafford – New Beginnings
Gerald Wilson Orchestra – New York New Sound
Joe Sample – Voices in the Rain
Jocelyn Brown – Moment of My Life – Jocelyn Brown Anthology
Regina Carter & Kenny Barron – Freefall
Kenny Kirkland – Kenny Kirkland

3 Responses to “Randomly…”

  1. ej says:

    looks like i’m going to need to get a second job. where does one begin?!

  2. George says:

    Why, at the beginning, EJ!

  3. Sandra says:

    thanks J! I’d better go shopping!

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