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I have very eclectic listening tastes, in fact I think it’s wonderful to put my iTunes on shuffle and see what comes up. Some of the transitions work very well, some are downright hilarious and others are jarring which works too because it jerks my attention to what is playing.

Occasionally I will go on a jag and listen to music that mostly falls roughly within a genre. Lately I have been listening to more jazz than anything else so that is where we will start with our lovely recordings.

Freddie Hubbard: Red Clay (CTI Records, 1970)
This, amazing trivia fact, is Freddie Hubbard’s seventeenth recording and one that marked a new chapter in his musical life with a shift towards soul and jazz fusion that would dominate his career going forward. It was also his first on Creed Taylor’s CTI label and featured a solid line up of seasoned and high quality musicians. I found this selection by accident while looking for another record but thought I might as well give it a spin since I wasn’t familiar with it. It has spun around my turntable more than once since then. An album well worth the effort of finding, even by accident.

Available from Tidal

Johnny Hammond: The Prophet (Kudu, 1972)
Another fortuitous find. A co-worker had pulled this to listen to and it had sat beside the turntable for about a week. It was my turn to throw on a record so I just grabbed the closest one and I’m glad I did. I played it again and then bought it for myself. This is a thoroughly enjoyable listen with some top notch organ as one would expect. No disappointments from the solid lineup that backs him, and could be an all star band in their own right.

Available from Soundike

Miles Davis: The Complete Birth of the Cool (Capitol Jazz, 1998)
From AllMusic: “Capitol’s The Complete Birth of the Cool is a double-disc set that’s separated into two halves. The first contains all 12 tracks Davis cut in the studio in January 1949 with Gil Evans. The second contains three radio broadcasts that the Birth of the Cool nonet performed in September 1948 at the Royal Roost in New York City. All the recordings have been completely remastered, resulting in the best ever sound for these recordings. The set also features brand new liner notes from Phil Schapp, plus the original liners. All the added features help make The Complete Birth of the Cool the definitive chronicle of one of the most important eras in jazz history.

Available from Tidal

Liquid Tension Experiment: Liquid Tension Experiment 2 (Magna Carta, 1999)
Moving away from jazz I have been absolutely mesmerized by this offering featuring Tony Levin who we saw performing live twice int he last 18 months, once with King Crimson and once with Peter Gabriel. He is an amazing musician and along with John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy and Jordan Rudess they are the Liquid Tension Experiment.

Available from Tidal

Ten Years After: A Space in Time (Chrysalis, 1971)
I first owned this recording as a quadraphonic record; many, many years ago, a rather large space of time to be honest. I loved listening to it with my quad headphones and hearing sound swirl and pulse. Truly a good example of a technology that didn’t fare too well unfortunately. I shall have to see about getting this in enhanced format and play it on a 4.1 system to see if it matches the quad, or if it still lives up to my grandiose memories. Still a good listen in stereo and available almost everywhere fine music is sold.

Available from Acoustic Sounds

Neverending White Lights: Act I: Goodbye Friends of the Heavenly Bodies (Ocean Records, 2005)
I finally got my hands on a physical copy of this, nothing wrong with the download, I just like having physical copies of my recordings. It’s a personal thing.

Available from Bandcamp

Well there you go, an even half dozen that have been gracing my ears the last week. I hope you find something here to tickle your ears or stimulate your mind. Happy listening my friends.

A life long music appreciator, I started by listening to my Dad sing Hank Williams and the Carter Family. In 1968 I bought my first record and have been spinning vinyl since then. I work in a record store, Record Collectors Paradise. I play guitar poorly, although I did have a band once but I surrounded myself with musicians that made me look good. I listen to a lot of music, both physical and digital and go to a good number of concerts. My son has a band and plays a multitude of instruments and plays them all better than me. He writes for an online music magazine: Spill Magazine.


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