Album Picks

Lana Del Rey, “Norman Fucking Rockwell”, by David Hicks

Sep 30, 2019

Lana Del Rey has made a career out of writing lyrics that subtly, or not (“my pussy tastes like Pepsi-Cola”), appeal to the desires of pubescent youth or simply come off as quirky/humorous to adults.  

V.S.O.P., “The Quintet”, by Larry Deniston

Sep 30, 2019

My album pick for the October, 2019 Muse is The Quintet by V.S.O.P. , 2 record set, R2-34976 on Columbia Records, 1977.  V.S.O.P.

Atomic Rooster, “In Hearing of Atomic Rooster, by Grant Stoner

Sep 20, 2019

My album pic for this month is In Hearing Of Atomic Rooster by the British rock band Atomic Rooster, Elektra records 1971, vinyl.  

Darius Rucker, “wagon wheel”, by Alon Sagee

Aug 27, 2019

There’s an entire genre of music that, up to recently, I would summarily avoid, especially as an audiophile. No, it’s not Oompah bands, Polka, or Yodeling…

Blossom Dearie, “Blossom Dearie”, by David Hicks

Aug 27, 2019

Vocalist, composer, and tickler of the ivories, Blossom Dearie’s playfully girlish voice is sometimes described as an acquired taste.  If that’s true, I think it’s because her masterful phrasing might get lost behind the subtlety of her vocal delivery- but not if you’re actually listening.  

Racer X, “Extreme Live”, by Grant Stoner

Aug 25, 2019

Lest you all think I’m some ECM jazz snob, here is my album pic for this month, Racer X, Extreme Volume Live

David’s August Music Pick- Kenney Chesney – Be As You Are

Aug 01, 2019

Kenny Chesney

Be As You Are


Kenney Chesney had the top-grossing country music tour of the year with his 2007 “Flip-Flop Summer Tour.”  Flip-Flop refers to just what you’d wear on your feet while walking on a beach.  

David’s July Music Pick: Jeff Sanford’s Jazz Orchestra, Nothing Wrong. The Music of Lenny Carlson

Jun 28, 2019

Jeff Sanford’s Jazz Orchestra

Nothing Wrong

The Music of Lenny Carlson

This CD’s happy brilliance is the result of a group of local world-class musicians who play together regularly and who have bribed,

The Vinyl Detective, by David Hicks

May 31, 2019

This is the first of four books in The Vinyl Detective series, and as it’s the only one in the series I’ve read, it is my “music pick” for this month’s Muse. “Written in Dead Wax” may be a recommendation that would interest you if you like mystery stories in general, or cats (?), but particularly if you like vinyl records and stories about the birth of Jazz and the music industry, albeit with some literary license applied to the tale.  And there are actual references to recordings that you could listen to while reading this novel. Hence, I think this qualifies as a music pick, sort of. 

Hugh Masekela, “Hope”, by Alon Sagee

May 28, 2019

Hope is a 1994 live album by South African jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela. Although it’s over 20 years old, it’s a great introduction to the powerful, soulful and poignant genre of South African music. It is re-issued by Analogue Productions and available as a heavy weight 200g 2 X 45rpm vinyl pressing by Quality Records. It’s a classic.