Thanks to the dozens of Rifftides readers who sent lists of music that they have been listening to. The sweepstakes is now closed (no drawing, no prizes, no winners, no losers). It will take at least a day or two longer to get everyone’s list posted. I have been impressed with the range of interests among you. If you find this sort of exercise worthwhile, let me know. We may do it again in a few years.
Richard Strauss, Don Quixote, Yo Yo Ma, cello, with Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa.
Strauss, Burleske for Piano and Orchestra, Martha Argerich, piano; Berlin Philharmonic, Claudio Abbado, conductor.
Toots Thielemans, Yesterday and Today, Brasilian Collaborations.
Clark Terry, Porgy and Bess Suite, Jeff Lindberg cond. Chicago Jazz Orchestra, arrangements by Gil Evans (originally for Miles Davis—CT is better, IMO!).
Bob Brookmeyer—especially the arrangements for the Vanguard
Orchestra back to the time of Thad & Mel; also the final album, Standards, Brookmeyer arranger, conductor; Fay Claasen, vocals.
Quartet West (Haden, Watts, Broadbent, Motian) “Lonely Woman” Nice 1988, French Radio Broadcast.
Currently listening to Miles Davis live in Paris with Sonny Stitt.
Audra McDonald, How Glory Goes.
Vic Lewis Swings Nelson Riddle.
Curtis Fuller, Soul Trombone/Cabin In The Sky (a nice two-LP-on-one-CD
Seth MacFarlane. Music Is Better Than Words.
Roland Hanna Solo Piano, Free Spirit.
The US Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, Blues at Thirty Five.
Sam Cooke, The RCA Albums Collection.
Aaron Copland, The Copland Collection, Orchestral & Ballet Works, 1936-1948.
Wes Montgomery, Echoes of Indiana Avenue.
Gerry Mulligan Sextet, Legends Live, Liederhalle, Stuttgart November 22, 1977.
Hal McKusick Now’s The Time.
The Complete Atlantic Studio Recordings of the Modern Jazz Quartet (1956-1964).
Bucky Pizzarelli, Challis In Wonderland.
New Castle, Delaware
I just, this minuite, came back in the door from seeing an Edu Lobo
show, live, so I’ve put on his CD w/Jobim, Edu & Tom, and it’s
even better than I remember. A masterpiece! (Although tonight he was
performing the music from another of his greatest records, O Grande
Circo Mistico, and he was wonderful). Also, another Brasilian genius: everybody should listen to a Francis Hime record, or all of ’em (Bill Evans recorded his music). Try the Album Musical, maybe. Today I also listened to Teté Montoliu, as I often do (with undiminished delight and amazment). His SteepleChase sides—trio and Solo—are unbeatable.
Rio de Janeiro