Album Picks

Chet Baker Quartet, “No Problem”, by Kevin Olson

Jun 28, 2020

My music pick is this great album featuring Chet Baker.

Chet Baker Quartet  No Problem

This is Chet in Europe in 1979 just off a European tour with his trio.

Playing for Change, by David Hicks

Jun 28, 2020

The label on the album cover shrink-wrap tells you all you need to know.
210 Musicians. 25 Countries. 10 Songs. One Love!

I’d previously written about the Playing For Change organization (PFC) when I posted their video of The Band’s,

Van Goat, “Follow Me Under”, by David Hicks

Jun 28, 2020

If you’d like to take a break from your morning coffee and still get a turbo boost of energy when you wake up, you couldn’t do better than put on this LP from Oakland’s,

Yngwie J. Malmsteen, “Rising Force”, by Grant Stoner

Jun 28, 2020

My album pic for this month is “Yngwie J. Malmsteen’s Rising Force. Polydor records, 1984 vinyl.

Continuing my occasional series of guitar hero records,

Frances Quinlan, “Likewise”, by Stefan Zorn

Jun 02, 2020


I received a message from my children’s school yesterday that started with “Now that we are in week 7 of the stay-at-home order…”.

Bela Fleck, The Ripple Effect, by David Hicks

Jun 02, 2020

The Ripple Effect

Bela Fleck is one of those musicians who has incorporated his playing ability into a variety of musical styles. 

The Last Waltz, by Gregory Morgan

Jun 02, 2020

My recording of the month is the 40th Anniversary Deluxe edition of The Band’s Last Waltz.  I have long loved the timeless quality of The Band’s music and the 40th Anniversary edition of the last Waltz is fantastic.

Singing with Nightingales, by Alon Sagee

Jun 02, 2020

My music pick for May is definitely different. Three hours of nature sounds, Music, and poetry for Earth Day 2020. This is like a long high-quality podcast composed and written for voice,

Johnny Smith, by Grant Stoner

Jun 02, 2020

My album pick for this month is the self-titled “Johnny Smith” Verve 1967 vinyl.  For those in the know, Johnny Smith is one of the great jazz guitarists. 

Sarah Harmer, “Are You Gone”, by Stefan Zorn

Mar 31, 2020

Wow, so these are truly interesting times. Have you ever heard the word “unprecedented” as often? What surprised me about this “Black Swan” event is how quickly it happened.