Lovely Recordings Hosted by Paul Calvitto

The following Lovely Recordings submission represents a small sample of my personal varied taste in music. Hopefully some of the words sprinkled below will be enough to entice some of the readers to further investigate the albums, better yet just let the music speak for itself. Enjoy!

America: America (Warner Brothers, 1972)
This America debut album has stood the test of time by delivering sweet harmonies accompanied by crisp guitar playing. Although a couple of the pop singles included here got all of the attention back in the day, in my opinion the whole album never got the full credit it deserved. The audio mastering and sonics are first rate.

Available from HDtracks

Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd: White Bird in a Blizzard Soundtrack (Lakeshore, 2014)
I checked-out this movie from my local library and became more interested in the background music then the actual movie. Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd are masters at creating ambient music that is hypnotic and seems to flow on forever. Headphones are optional for listening, but highly recommended. I really wanted to cite the Mysterious Skin soundtrack that they did back in 2005 which in my opinion is better overall, but that recording is out of print and not available as a digital download. Anyway, don't crank it up too loud, close your eyes and welcome to dreamland.

Available from Tidal

Scott Tixier: Cosmic Adventure (Sunshine Records, 2016)
Whether you're a Jazz newbie or an old school standards type, give this amazing young guy a try. I had the pleasure of hearing Scott Tixier play (for free!) in September 2016 at the Princeton Marketfair in New Jersey. Scott and the band are fantastic and after the 45 minute performance everyone was invited to the Barnes & Noble for a meet and greet plus CD signing. Needless to say, I purchased the CD, which Scott autographed for me (and oh yes please crank this one up).

Available from Bandcamp

Bob Dylan: Oh Mercy (Columbia, 1989)
I had to include a Bob Dylan album, after all he was awarded the 2016 Nobel prize for Literature for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.". Oh Mercy is probably not the first album that comes to mind when somebody mentions Bob Dylan, but the story telling lyrics and excellent sound quality on this album produced and assisted by Daniel Lanois make for quite the musical journey.

Available from Tidal

Patricia Barber: Modern Cool (Premonition, 1998)
Time to play Jeopardy, category is Jazz: It was the first album of almost all original material by modern day Jazz singer-songwriter/pianist Patricia Barber; Response - What is Modern Cool? I like just about everything Patricia has made, but there's something about the way she performs these tracks that makes you feel like you are sitting in an old smoky jazz club enjoying your favorite adult beverage.

Available from Tidal

Chrysta Bell & David Lynch: This Train (LaRose Noire, 2011)
Not sure where I first read about this album. It might of have been Audiostream, Stereophile or Analog Planet. Regardless, this is definitely not something that you would hear playing in an elevator. The album was produced by David Lynch and he also co-wrote many if not all of the songs. It's different alright and depending on the song, Chrysta Bell’s voice can be angelic, haunting or downright sultry. When this album was first offered on Bandcamp I purchased one of the 500 available vinyl offerings (2LPs @ 45RPM).

Available from Bandcamp

World Party: GoodBye Jumbo (Ensign 1990)
This is one of my go to road trip albums which was written, produced and recorded by Karl Wallinger. "Put the Message in the Box" will get you rocking and bopping all day long. Just remember to keep your eyes on the road.

Available from Tidal

Steve Forbert: Alive On Arrival (Nemperor, 1978)
Great debut album of all original material by singer-songwriter Steve Forbert. Lots of emotion in this production that still sounds great today. I feel to this day that Steve has been underrated all of these years and should have received more recognition for his musical contributions. His second album "Jackrabbit Slim" is also pretty good.

Available from Tidal

Terje Rypdal: Waves (ECM, 1978)
Now hear this: Jazz-Rock fusion all the way from Norway. It’s hard not to turn the volume up on this one. I believe my Magnepan speakers were made for this album. Terje’s style of guitar playing will simply captivate you from beginning to end. The first track "Per Ulv" is just simply outstanding! If you enjoy this one, you may also like "Descendra", "Odyssey", and "After the Rain".

Available from Qobuz

My listening apparatus:

  • Pro-Ject Debut III Turntable - upgraded to an acrylic platter and a Denon DL-110 cartridge
  • Musical Fidelity V-LPS Phono Stage - with a Pyramid PS-3KX Power supply
  • NAD C 420 AM/FM Tuner
  • NAD C 525BEE CD Player
  • Hafler 915 Preamplifier
  • Emotiva UPA-1 Monoblock power amplifier (x2)
  • Magnepan 1.7 Speakers
  • Sony MDR-V6 Headphones
  • Avdeco DA5011 Audio Rack
I ran out of physical media storage space so I put together a home grown digital music server:
  • SoildRun CuBox-i4Pro Mini-Computer running OpenELEC v6.0.3 (Connected to my home network)
  • Schiit Modi DAC - soon to be upgraded to a Schiit Bifrost (Optical connection to the CuBox)
  • Western Digital Red 2TB NAS Hard Disk Drive (strapped into a Vantec NexStar enclosure with USB connection)
  • Viewsonic 24 inch TV/Monitor
  • Low cost mini keyboard & mouse
A few words about me:

As a teenager growing up in a NYC suburb about 30 miles north of midtown Manhattan during the early 70s, I was introduced to amazing flavors of music thanks to some very unique late night FM programs. I now live in a Philadelphia, PA suburb and I’ve managed to continue my search for new music by listening to some local non-commercial alternative and jazz stations plus internet streaming whenever I get the time. That’s it, last parting thought: So much music, so little time.......

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garrettnecessary's picture

Loving the Scott Tixier record.