Lovely Recordings Hosted by Tareq Hijazi

I have a library of music that has every genre one can think off, I often find that I listen to the melody/tune more than actually following the lyrics (except when listening to Bob Dylan, the Doors, or Rolling Stones), if the beat, rhythm and pace grabs my attention I will collect it… Below are some of the records I particularly like, will try to send some more later on but for now I thought this is a good starting point to share.

Adam Baldych & The Baltic Gang: Imaginary Room (ACT Music, 2012)
A good collection of modern jazz tunes; violin with modern-jazz is a good combo for me. The one track that made me buy this album is "The Room of Imagination".

Available from Qobuz

Ahmad Jamal featuring Yusef Lateef: Live at the Olympia - June 27, 2012 (Jazz Village, 2014)
Two seasoned musicians at their best playing together in a live recording. The entire album whizzes by fast, a good one for a good evening with a glass of wine (or single-malt!)

Available from Qobuz

Aki Rissanen // Jussi Lehtonen Quartet With Dave Liebman: Aki Rissanen (Ozella Music, 2015)
A modern jazz album full of life combining multiple instruments in an energetic repertoire from start to finish. The album cover grabbed my attention when I was browsing albums on Tidal, now it is one of my favorite morning plays.

Available from Tidal

Ali Farka Toure with Ry Cooder: Talking Timbuktu (with Ry Cooder) (World Circuit, 1994)
I have many albums from the late Ali Farka Toure. This is music played from the heart, raw, original and powerful. I came across this album with Ry Cooder and fell in love with the combination of these two masters playing together. Ry Cooder does not over-power the ethnic tune that Ali was renowned for. This is a great album, I especially love the tracks "Amandrai" and "Ai Du"—This is one of my good riding tunes, somehow goes well on the road.

Available from Tidal

Alison Krauss & Union Station: Lonely Runs Both Ways (Rounder, 2004)
Amazing voice and good songs on an album that I can’t classify. It is at times pure vocal, at times country, and at times very folksy. But it doesn’t matter—a good listening when you are busy doing something and want some good tunes in the back to keep you moving. The track that I like the most is "If I Didn't Know Any Better".

Available from Tidal

Ambrose Akinmusire: When The Heart Emerges Glistening (Blue Note, 2011)
First listen was not easy, but soon this album grew on me and was often played when I wanted to listen to some modern takes of Miles Davies. Ambrose kicks in with a punch, the more I listen to it the more I like it.

Available from Tidal

Angus & Julia Stone: Angus & Julia Stone (EMI Music Australia, 2014)
This Australian band is one of my favorites. There's a lot of atmosphere in their albums and with each one I find more and more great tracks that find themselves on my "favorites" playlists. Here I include two of their albums that are in my view their best.

Available from Tidal

Angus & Julia Stone: Down The Way (EMI Music Australia, 2010)

Available from Tidal

Ani DiFranco: Little Plastic Castle (Righteous Babe, 1998)
What caught my attention with Ani DiFranco are the amazing lyrics. I am not sure anyone would argue that here you will find catchy tunes or an amazing voice, but the lyrics themselves far outweigh that part. The song writing is great and you will find a lot of this on all of Ani’s albums… Strong stuff here. My favorite tracks on this album are "Little Plastic Castle", "Two Little Girls", "Loom", "Pixie" and "Swan Dive".

Available from Tidal

Anouar Brahem Trio: Astrakan Cafe (ECM, 2000)
A friend of mine introduced me to this artist when he was demoing his brand new Giya’s hooked up to a nice Devialet system. The sound was great for sure, but I sat there listening to this amazing track (Astrakan Café) and after researching the album I found it on Qobuz. Shortly after that I bought pretty much all I could find from Anouar Brahem, a very talented Tunisian Oud player that plays this ancient instrument in all sorts of arrangements from classical to modern-jazz. Highly recommended.

Available from Qobuz

Take One: Big Screen (Linn, 2015)
Good, fun, and well recorded album. Can’t say much about it, give it a listen…

Available form Linn Records

Cowboy Junkies: Studio: Selected Studio Recordings 1986–1995 (RCA, 1996)
Late one night I was driving back home from an outing and the Cowboy Junkies rendition of "Blue Moon" was playing on the radio. Instantly hooked, I bought the album on Amazon (the days before media streaming sites took over) and never looked back. These guys are very good, I have a bunch of their records and they are pretty good, but this is the one that originally got me interested in them, so I am recommending it here.

Available from Tidal

Eilen Jewell: Queen Of The Minor Key (Signature Records, 2011)
I stumbled on this online music store (www.signaturesounds.com) and found a number of great artists I never heard off. One of the records I got from there is Queen Of The Minor Key, the album is rich with good sounding tracks and well recorded. Good music for all occasions.

Available from Bandcamp

Erin McKeown: Sing You Sinners (Nettwerk Records, 2006)
This lady can rock> Her albums are fun, lively, and full of good energy. I love listening to her albums and could not easily pick my favorite but this one comes close. Not sure how to classify this type of music; some call it folk, some call it Americana, for me it is simply good stuff ☺

Available from Tidal

Ethan Johns: If Not Now Then When? (Three Crows Records, 2013)
Found this one on the Society of Sound site, heard the song "Eden" and downloaded the album. After hearing it I sourced some other albums by Ethan, but this the one of those that I come back to again and again.

Available from Tidal

Fink: Fink Meets The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Ninja Tune, 2013)
Fink is probably well known to most folks, but I never heard of this recording with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra until a friend recommended I give it a listen. It was one of those albums that I started listening to and could not stop until it was over, then went and listened all over again… A well-executed album.

Available from Ninja Tune

Hadouk Quartet: Hadoukly Yours (Naive, 2014)
This is one of my favorite modern-jazz bands. They combine many different instruments (some I never heard of before) into great music. This album is the only one made by the Hadouk Quartet but there is a lot of their stuff that exists under the name of "Hadouk Trio".

Available from Tidal

Miroslav Tadic & Vlatko Stefanovski: Treta Majka (Scardona, 2011)
I was a student in Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina) in the good old days before the breakup of Yugoslavia. During those student times I attended a small concert by a group called “Leb I Sol”, back then a famous rock band in that part of the world. It was one of the best concerts I attended and the lead guitarist, Vltatko Stefnovksi, who is a whizz with the guitar is now well regarded as one of the greatest guitar players. He still plays today some 25+ years later. Here he partners with Miroslav Tadic, another amazing Serbian guitarist to play a range of tunes derived from traditional folk music from the Balkans.

Available from Tidal

Hadouk Trio: Baldamore (Live at Cabaret Sauvage) (naïve Jazz, 2007)
Another one by Hadouk group I mentioned above, but this one is in their "Trio" format.

Available from Tidal

At the Smokey mountains…..

I live in Dubai at the moment so have the luxury of space in my house for a dedicated music zone, and also a very understanding family that copes with my Hi-Fi system blasting through the evening hours :).. I love discovering new music and rely heavily on Roon+Tidal+Qobuz to allow me to quickly find new hidden gems… I love jazz, indie rock, psychedelic rock and the 70th rock scene but also enjoy a good classical music recording… Other than music which occupies a large part of my "hobby space" I love photography, flying, nature, ridding, F1, sports, etc…


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COMMENTS
jrhud's picture

Lots of new material to discover. Completely agree with you about the lyrics, the music has to make me feel something.

Anton's picture

This list satisfies my "that's a great list!" criteria because it has a mix of the familiar, recordings which I love, and your accompanying recordings that I don't know, but are made interesting because I love the recordings on your list that I know!

I now have some hunting to do!

lestes's picture

Thank you for putting this together. The jazz elections are along the lines of what I am currently searching for...great stuff.

Wilderness's picture

Adam Baldych & The Baltic Gang's Imaginary Room album is superb. It take the listerner on a journey worth taking. Thank you for sharing this.

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