Lovely Recordings Hosted by John R. Miller

Great music is more than just the music. Doesn't your favorite music bring back great memories? When you obtained it or first heard it? Today's favorites are those with special memories.

Eddie Harris: Come on Down (Atlantic, 1970)
My first jazz LP. My mother brought it home from the PX. Great horn playing – a cover to die for. I was in 10th grade and playing in the high school jazz band. Great soul / jazz / rock mix.

Available from Tidal

Van Morrison: Astal Weeks (Warner Bros., 1968)
I never listened to Van Morrison in my younger days. One of the first CD's my better half + bought me. Now have this LP and more.

Available from HDtracks

Bob Dylan: Blonde on Blonde (Columbia, 1966)
Middle school and high school visiting my cousins in Catasaqua, Pennsylvania. Great stuff for a malleable mind.

Available from HDtracks

Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited (Columbia, 1965)
“God said to Abraham 'Kill me a son' / Abe said man you must be putting me on.” Pretty heady stuff for a cynical catholic.

Available from HDtracks

Traffic: Traffic (Island/United Artists, 1968)
My sister brings this back her freshman year of college in 1968. I never had the album until recently, but always had a tape or a CD. Talk about opening musical doors.

Available from Tidal

J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (Complete) (Decca, 1995)
This one she gave me for Christmas shortly thereafter. I was stunned. I played it to death and still have it. This place rock, jazz, and classical on an even footing.

Available from Presto Classical

Beethoven: George Szell and the Cleveland – 9 Symphonies (Sony, 2004)
My sophomore year at VPI (remember that name?) The great book store / record store in Blacksburg. Stores like this only exist(ed) in college towns. I bought this along with John Prine's Sweet Revenge. The salesman just shook his head and looked at me like I was nuts. Go figure. Great stuff both of them.

Available from Presto Classical

Mile Davis: Kind of Blue (Columbia, 1959)
When I bought my Magnavox CD player, my wife (still – bless her heart) went to the store and asked the clerk what the best first jazz CD would be. They nailed it. A whole new world from the big band jazz I listened to.

Available from HDtracks

Art Pepper: Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section (Contemporary/Original Jazz Classics, 1957)
Have I mentioned Art Pepper? This cemented his legacy for me. How could such a trouble soul play such music? My better half (by a significant degree) and I were in New Orleans in 2003. The great store on Magazine Street was well stocked. This was original and in perfect condition. It now hangs on my wall.

Available from Tidal

Ruby Braff: Braff!: The Complete Session (Plenty Jazz Records, 2014)
Great music with many of the greats of jazz. My better half bought it for the cover when we were trolling the stacks. His Momma ( I suppose) sure is proud of him.

Available from Tidal

Disclaimer – if I rewrote this tomorrow I would probably name 10 different LPs.

John R. Miller / Hollywood Florida via Virginia / Vermont / Savannah


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Mark Dirac's picture

I researched why there are three versions at Tidal of "Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section". It is explained here (use "find in page" for "Pepper"):
www.prosoundweb.com/article/remastering_three_jazz_classics_the_dave_bru...

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