Album Picks

Dave Alvin, “King of California”, by Gregory Morgan

Jul 23, 2020

My album of the month is Dave Alvin’s ‘King of California.’  Originally released in 1994, this album has been a long time favorite, but was never available on vinyl until last year’s 25th anniversary edition,

Dexter Gordon, “A Swingin’ Affair”, by Jay Selwitz

Jul 20, 2020

My pick for this month is A Swingin’ Affair by Dexter Gordon.  I haven’t been a big Dexter Gordon fan and checked this album out first on streaming.

Art Taylor, “A.T.’s Delight, by Jay Selwitz

Jul 20, 2020

My pick is A.T.’s Delight by Art Taylor. Taylor was a Jazz drummer who only released a few recordings under his own name. 

Jimmy Smith, “Groovin’ at Smalls’ Paradise Vol. 1”, by Jay Selwitz

Jul 20, 2020

My pick is Groovin’ at Smalls’ Paradise Volume 1 by organist Jimmy Smith. This album was recorded at a club in 1957 and the crowd noise greatly enhances the vibrancy of the performance.

Rhiannon Giddens “At the Purchaser’s Option” and Dominique Fils-Aime “Strange Fruit”, by Stefan Zorn

Jul 19, 2020

Two songs that I always thought were gut wrenching, but only touched my on an intellectual level until I found these versions. Music has always been an amazing vehicle to express social discontent,

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,

Peter Gabriel, “Live Blood”, by Gregory Morgan

Jun 20, 2020

My monthly music selection is the double CD of Peter Gabriel’s Live Blood.  Live Blood is a live album of Peter Gabriel with a 46-piece orchestra recorded March 23 &