Monday, January 3, 2011

Music to My Ears

I really dislike the "top ten" lists that fill the news media at year's end.  But I am going to indulge myself with a set of my own, anyway.  I absolutely love music and listen to it constantly-- at home, at work, in the car.  I always listen when I write this blog.  And though I am an avid movie watcher, I sometimes mix things up by watching concert videos.

So below you will find three lists.  My CD list includes my top ten choices of non-jazz albums  that I listened to for the first time, this year.  I went through fazes of intense listening to blues and country-alt which you will find represented in this list.   For the past month I have been listening to jazz, jazz, and more jazz; so I created a special category for this genre.  And then finally, I list my top ten musical DVDs.

In each case, I put my very favorite at the top of the list, but the others are randomly ordered.  And remember, these are not necessarily new recordings.  They were simply new to me in 2010.

CDS

Son Volt: Retrospective: 1995 - 2000

Rosanne Cash: The List

Gillian Welch: Revival

Joe Bonamassa: The Ballad Of John Henry

Harvey Reid & Joyce Andersen: Christmas Morning

The Derek Trucks Band: Roadsongs

Arcade Fire: The Suburbs

Lucinda Williams: Sweet Old World

Silversun Pickups: Swoon

Leon Russell & Elton John: The Union


JAZZ CDs

Steve Kuhn  Plays Standards

Alan Broadbent Trio  - Moment's Notice

Blue Mitchell - The Cup Bearers

Charlie Haden - The Private Collection

Larry Coryell & Miroslav Vitous - Dedicated to Bill Evans and Scott La Faro

Melody Gardot - My One And Only Thrill

Ray Brown Trio - Souler Energy

Rickey Woodard - California Cookin’

Tom Harrell - Paradise

Warren Vaché & Allan Vaché - "Remember" (Remastered reissue of Mrs. Vaché's Boys)

DVDs

Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense

Rolling Stones: Rock and Roll Circus

The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts


R.E.M.: Perfect Square

Peter Frampton: Live in Detroit

Lucinda Williams: Live from Austin, TX

Joe Bonamassa: Live From Royal Albert Hall

Stephen Stills &  Manassas: Live


The T.A.M.I. Show

The Best of Sessions at West 54th: Vol. 1

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3 comments:

Alessi said...

Great post, Mr. Baker! You’ve got some great names on your non-Jazz list, especially Rosanne Cash, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Trucks, Arcade Fire, Lucinda Williams, Silversun Pickups, and LR & EJ. So basically the whole list is awesome haha I’ll definitely have to check out the jazz albums and the DVDs.

Larry Baker said...

A high compliment coming from you Alessi. After all you are my popular music mentor!

Ann Lusch said...

Thanks for the lists -- I'll be checking out some of these!

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