Musical Favorites

Quite a while ago, a friend asked me to give him a list of my favorite music, and I put this list together.

More recently I created a few YouTube playlists for friends too. These are a bit more relevant today, though many of my favorite musical discoveries have remained consistent over the years.
Friend’s Playlist: (rock/pop with some jazz and classical works too)
Soul/R&B Faves:
Jazz Faves:

These are the greatest works of Classical Music that I have encountered to date:

AdamsJohnShaker Loops 
BachJohann S.Mass in B Minor (Sanctus) 
BachJohann S.Cello Suites 
BarberSamuelSonata for Piano, Op 26 
BarberSamuelConcerto for Cello & Orchestra, Op. 22 
BarberSamuelConcerto for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 14 
BarberSamuelMedea (Complete Ballet) 
BarberSamuelToccata FestivaOrgan and Orchestra
BartokBelaString Quartets (all) 
BartokBelaConcerto for Orchestra 
BartokBelaWonderful Mandarin 
BartokBelaSonata for Two Pianos and Percussion 
BeaserRobertVariations for Flute and Piano 
BeaserRobertOld Men Admiring Themselves i the WaterFlute & Piano
BeaserRobertSong of the BellsFlute & Piano
BeethovenLudwig VonSymphony 6 
BeethovenLudwig VonSymphony 9 
BeethovenLudwig VonString Quartets (Middle and Late) 
BeethovenLudwig VonSeptet in Eb Op. 20 
BergamoJohnTulumbaz for Solo Timpani 
BobakMarke.e. cummings 
Brahms Sonata No. 2 in A Op. 100Violin
BrahmsJohannesRhapsody Op. 53 
BrahmsJohannesSymphony 4 
BrahmsJohannesPiano Concerto No. 2 in Bb Major 
Brahms/SchoenbergJohannes/ArnoldPiano Quartet in G Minor, Op. 25 (Orchestrated Version) 
BrittenBenjaminRejoice in the Lamb 
BrittenBenjaminCeremony of Carols 
Brooks Vier Alte Lieder 
ChopinF.Scherzos for Piano 
CoplandAaronAppalachian Spring (orig.Complete) 
CoriglianoJohnConcerto for Clarinet and Orchestra 
CoriglianoJohnGhosts of Versailles 
DeaneChristopherMourning Dove SonnetVibraphone
Debussy La Mer 
Debussy Nocturnes 
Debussy Nuages 
Debussy Cello Sonata 
Debussy String Quartet 
DiamondDavidRounds for String Orchestra 
DucasseRogerTrois Motets 
DuffyJohnSymphony No. 1 “Utah” 
DupreMarcelVariations Sur un NoelOrgan
Durufle Requiem 
Durufle Four Motets for Chorus 
EbenPetrLandscapes of Patmos (Krajiny Patmosk) 
Eccles Sonata in G MinorTranscribed for Double Bass
Elgar Cello Concerto 
Faure Requiem 
FerneyhoughBrianTime and Motion Study III 
Franck Sonata in AViolin
FrenchTania GabrielleChamber Music 
GershwinGeorgeAn American in Paris 
GershwinGeorgeRhapsody in Blue 
Ginastera Concerto for Piano and Orchestra 
HandelGeorge F.Dixit Dominus 
Harmonic Choir Hearing Solar Winds 
HindemithPaulFour Temperaments 
HindemithPaulViola Sonata 
IvesCharlesCentral Park in the Dark 
IvesCharlesPiano Concerto No. 2 (Concord)(although I still don’t “understand” it)
IvesCharlesThree Places in New England 
JanacekLeosOur Father 
JanacekLeosGlagolitic Mass 
JarvinenArthurEgyptian Two Step 
La BarbaraJoanSound PaintingsShadow Song
La BarbaraJoanCircular Song 
Ligeti Aria III 
Mahler Symphony No. 4 
MarshallIngramFog Tropes 
MarshallIngramGradual Requiem 
Mendelssohn Octet Op. 20 
MessiaenOlivierTurangalila Symphony 
Milhaud La Creation Du Monde 
MonkMeredithTurtle Dreams 
MonkMeredithEllis Island 
Moussorgsky-Ravel Pictures at and Exhibition (Orchestral) 
Musica Viva Musica Viva La France 
Orff Carmina Burana 
PendereckiKrystofThrenody to the Victims of Hiroshima 
PersichettiVincentHollow Men, Op. 25Trumpet & String Orchestra
PersichettiVincentHollow Men, Op. 25Trumpet & Organ
PersichettiVincentSymphony for Band (No. 6) 
PersichettiVincentSonata for Harpsichord Op. 52 
PersichettiVincentSonata for Cello 
PistonWalterSonata for Flute and Piano 
PoulencFrancisSonata for Flute 
ProkofievSergeSonata in C Major Op. 119Cello and Piano
ProkofievSergeSonata in D Major, op. 94Flute and Piano
Prokovief Piano Concerto No. 3(Agerich performance)
RavelMauriceDaphnis et Chloe (Complete) 
RavelMauriceString Quartet 
RavelMauriceRapsodie Espagnole 
ReichSteveDesert Music 
ReichSteveCome Out 
ReichStevePiano Phase 
RunswickDarylLady Lazarus 
Saint-SaensC.Sontata 1Violin and Piano
SchoenbergArnoldSurvivor from Warsaw 
Schubert String Quintet in C 
SchwantnerJosephMountains Rising Nowhere 
SchwantnerJosephBlack AnemonesFlute & Piano
Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 
Sibelius Violin Sonata (Concerto?) 
SpratlanLewPenelope’s Knees 
SpratlanLewWhen Crows Gather 
StraussRichardDon Juan 
StraussRichardDon Quixote 
StraussRichardAlpine Symphony 
StravinskyIgorSymphony of Psalms 
StravinskyIgorDuo ConcertanteViolin and Piano
StravinskyIgorLe Sacre (Rite of Spring) 
StravinskyIgorPetrushkawatch the reconstucted ballet to really understand it
StravinskyIgorSymphonies of Wind Instruments 
StravinskyIgorOctet for Wind Instruments 
StravinskyIgorL’Histoire du Soldat 
StravinskyIgorConcerto en Re 
StravinskyIgorDumbarton Oaks Concerto 
StravinskyIgorRequiem Canticles 
TochErnstGeographical Fugue 
TorkeMichaelEcstatic Orange 
TorkeMichaelChamber Works (all) 
Varese Ameriques 
Vaughan WilliamsRalphDona Nobis PacemChoir and Orchestra
Vaughan WilliamsRalphFive Mystical Songs No. 3 Love Bade Me Welcome 
Vaughan WilliamsRalphFantasia on a Theme by Thomas TallisString Orchestra
Villa LobosHeitorJet WhistleFlute and Cello
Villa LobosHeitorBachianas Brasilieras No. 6 Little Train of the Capoeira 
Villa LobosHeitorBachianas Brasilieras No. 5 
Villa LobosHeitorCancao Do DiaSoprano & Accompaniment
Villa LobosHeitorGuitar Prelude No. 3 
YoshiokaTakayoshiThree DancesPercussion Ensemble
ZelenkaJan DismasMagnificat in D 
ZelenkaJan DismasBeatus Vir 

These are my favorite jazz recordings:

AbercrombieJohnJohn Abercombie Quartet 
Abercrombie, TownerJohn, RalphFive Years Later 
AdderlyCannonball`Portrait of Cannonball 
AdderlyCannonball`Things Are Getting Better 
AkiyoshiToshikoInsightsStudio J
AkiyoshiToshikoRoad Time 
BasieCount Straight Ahead
BasieCount Hay Burner
Bertoncini, MooreGene, MichaelBridges 
Bertoncini, MooreGene, MichaelClose Ties 
BlakeJohnMaiden Dance 
BlakeJohnTwinkle of an Eye 
BlakeyArtKeystone 3 
BlakeyArtAlbum of the Year 
BlytheArthurIn the Tradition 
BrandDollar (Abdullah Ibrahim)Blues for a Hip King 
BrandDollar (Abdullah Ibrahim)Voice of Africa 
BrandDollar (Abdullah Ibrahim)Ekaya 
Brand X Unorthodox Behaviour 
Brand X Livestock 
Brand X Do They Hurt 
Brand X Product 
BrookmeyerBobComposer, ArrangerDing Dong Ding
BrookmeyerBobComposer, ArrangerHello and Goodbye
BrookmeyerBobComposer, ArrangerSkylark
Brookmeyer Small BandBobLive at Sandy’sMichael Moore’s playing is great
BrufordBillGradually Going Tornado 
BrufordBillFeels Good To Me 
BrufordBillOne of a Kind 
Burton, TownerGary, RalphMatchbook 
Byas, StewartDon, Slam I.G.R.
Cabo Frio Just Having Fun 
CharlesRayGreatest Hits 
CharlesRayGreatest Ray Charles 
ClareFischerTwas Only Yesterday 
ClarkeStanleyJourney to Love 
ClarkeStanleySchool Days 
ClarkeStanleyI Wanna Play for You 
ClarkeStanleyIf This Bass Could Only Talk 
ColemanOrnetteVirgin BeautyWith…Jerry Garcia!
ColtraneJohnExpressionHis last recording
ColtraneJohnPlays the Blues 
ColtraneJohnAfro Blue Impressions 
ColtraneJohnVillage Vanguard Sessions 
ColtraneJohnMy Favorite Things 
ColtraneJohnColtrane’s Sound 
CoreaChickTap Step 
CoreaChickSecret Agent 
CoreaChickLight As A Feather 
CoreaChickThree Quartets 
CoreaChickReturn to Forever Live 
Corea, McFerrinChick, BobbyPlaySpain
Crusaders Those Southern Nights 
CurtisKingLive at the Fillmore West 
DavidMilesWorkin’, Steamin’, Relaxin’ 
DavidMilesKind of Blue 
DavisMilesLive Jones Beach 8/28/82Personal recording
DavisMilesWe Want MilesGreat live album: o.p.?
Davis/EvansMiles/GilMiles AheadDuke, The
DolphyEricLast Date 
DolphyEricHere and There 
DolphyEricFar Cry 
DolphyEricEric Dolphy 
DolphyEricOut to Lunch 
DudziakUrsulaMidnight Rain 
DudziakUrsulaFuture Talk 
EllingtonDukeUnknown Sessions 
EllingtonDukeSuch Sweet Thunder 
EvansBillPortrait in jazz 
EvansGilOut of the Cool 
EvansGilLive at Sweet Basils 
EvansGilAbsolute Beginners 
FitzgeraldEllaRodgers and Hart Songbook 
FrisellBillLookout for Hope 
Gong Expresso 
GordonDexterManhattan Symphony 
GordonDexterGreat Encounters 
GordonDexterRound Midnight 
GordonDexterOther Side of Round Midnight 
HancockHerbieSpeak Like a Child 
HancockHerbieDis is da Drum 
HawkinsColemanBody and Soul 
HoldsworthAllanVelvet Madness 
HoldsworthAllanRoad GamesJeff Berlin’s Best
HollandDavidConference of the Birds 
HolmanBillBig Band in a Jazz Orbit 
HolmanBillGreat Big Band 
JarrettKeithStandards Live 
JarrettKeithStill Live 
JonesElvinDear John C. 
Jones, LewisThad, MelConsummationUs
Jones, LewisThad, MelJazz OrchestraThree in One
Jones, LewisThad, MelJazz OrchestraABC Blues
Jones, LewisThad, MelMonday NightKids Are Pretty People
JonesQuincyBirth of a BandFantastic Arrangements
Jones, DavisElvin, RichardHeavy Sounds 
Manhattan Transfer Best of 
Manhattan Transfer Vocalese 
MarsalisWyntonanything with Art Blakey 
MaysLyleStreet Dreams 
MaysLyleN. Texas State Big Band Compositions – Thesis Concert 
McCann, HarrisLes, EddieLes McCann & Eddie Harris 
McFerrinBobbySpontaneous Inventions 
MethenyPatFirst Circle 
MethenyPatPat Metheny Group 
MethenyPatBright Size Life 
MethenyPatAmerican Garage 
MethenyPatSecret Stories 
MingusCharlesThree or Four Shades of Blues 
MingusCharlesMingus Au Um 
MingusCharlesCandid Recordings 
MingusCharlesMingus at Carnegie Hall 
MingusCharlesBlues and Roots 
Mitchell, HallRed, JimJim Hall and Red MitchellOsaka Express
Mitchell, HallRed, JimJim Hall and Red MitchellFly Me to the Moon
Mitchell, HallRed, JimJim Hall and Red MitchellBig Blues
MonkTheloniusAlways KnowCriss Cross
MonkThelonius Bye Ya
Monk, DavisThelonius, MilesMiles & Monk at Newport 
Monk/Trane Monks Music, Thelonius Himself 
MosesBobWhen Elephants Dream of Music 
MosesBobVisit With the Great Spirit 
Oregon Oregon 
Oregon Crossing 
Oregon Oregon with Elvin JonesBrujo
PastoriusJacoJaco Pastorius 
PastoriusJacoWord of MouthChromatic Fantasy
PedersonNiels Henning OrstedDancing Under the Trees 
PetersonOscarWalkin’ the Line 
PurimFloraEveryday Everynight 
PurimFloraOpen Your Eyes, You Can Fly 
RussellGeorgeJazz in the Space AgeManhattan
RussellGeorgeEzz-TheticsRound Midnight (best ever!)
SanbornDavidAs We Speak 
SchneiderMariaComing About 
ScofieldJohnJohn Scofield Live 
Shannon JacksonRonaldDecode Yourself 
Soft Machine Bundles 
SternMikeUpside DownsideMood Swings
TacumaJamaaladeenRennaisance Man 
TatumArtTrio Rehearsal 
TownerRalphCity of EyesJamaica Stopover
TownerRalphBlue SunWedding of the Streams
Weather Report Black Market 
Weather Report Night Passage 
Weather Report Mr. Gone 
Weather Report 8:30 
Weather Report Heavy Weather 
Weather Report Mysterious Traveller 
Weather Report Tale Spinnin’ 
World Saxophone Quartet Metamorphosis 
ZappaFrankZappa in New York 
ZappaFrankStudio Tan 
ZawinulJoeZawinul Syndacate Immigrants 
Zorn, Lewis, FrisellJohn, George, BillNews for LuluFantastic arrangements!

Some great R&B or “dance” music:

BakerAnitaGiving You the Best That I Got
Brothers Johnson Look Out for Number One
BrownJamesAin’t That a Groove
BrownJamesDoing it to Death
BrownJamesIn the Jungle Groove
CliffJimmyHarder They Come
ClintonGeorgeSkeletons in the Closet
CollinsBootsyWhat’s Bootsy Doin’
D’ArbyTerence TrentIntroducing the Hardline
Deee-Lite World clique
Earth, Wind, and Fire Gratitude
FranklnArethaJump to It
FranklnAretha10 Years of Gold
FranklnArethaDo It Right
Funkadelic Hardcore Jollies
Funkadelic Uncle Jam Wants You
Funkadelic Electric Spanking of War Babies
GayeMarvinEvery Great Motown Hit
GayeMarvinLet’s Get It On
Human League Fascination
Isley Brothers 3 + 3
JacksonMichaelOff the Wall
JonesQuincyDude, The
JonesQuincyBack on the Block
KhanChakaI Feel For You
KhanChakaWhat’cha Gonna Do For Me?
Khan and RufusChakaRufus and Chaka Khan
NdegeocelloMe’ShellPeace Beyond Passion
Paliament Trombipulation
Parliament Motor Booty Affair
Parliament Everything – Tear the Roof Off
Pleasure Future Now
Pleasure Special Things
Pleasure Get to the Feeling
Prince Come
Prince Diamonds and Pearls
Prince Prince & NPG (My Name is Prince)
Prince Lovesexy
Prince Sign of the Times
Prince 1999
Public Enemy Fear of a Black Planet
Red Hot Chili Peppers Red Hot Sex Magik
Sly and the Family Stone Greatest Hits
Soul II Soul Keep on Movin’
VandrossLutherBest of
War Greatest Hits
WonderStevieSongs in the Key of Life
WonderStevieTalking Book
WonderStevieInner Visions

Quintessential Classic Rock:

AbdulPaulaForever Your Girl 
Aerosmith Toys in the Attic 
American Graffitti   
AndersonLaurieStrange Angels 
AndersonLaurieBig Science 
BandTheStage Fright 
Beatles White Album 
Beatles Let It Be 
Beatles Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 
Beatles Hey Jude 
Blind Faith Blind Faith 
Blood, Sweat, and Tears Blood, Sweat, and Tears 
BowieDavidScary Monsters 
BushKateSensual World 
BushKateNever for Ever 
ByrneDavidRei Momo 
CareyMariahVision of Love 
Chicago Greatest Hits 
Chicago VII 
Chicago II 
ClaptonEric461 Ocean Boulevard 
CooderRyParis, Texas 
Cream Disraeli Gears 
Creedence Clearwater Revival CCR 
Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young CSN&Y 
DolbyThomasAliens Ate My Buick 
DolbyThomasBlinded By Science 
DolbyThomasFlat Earth 
Doobie Brothers Captain and Me 
Eagles On the Border 
Emerson Lake and Palmer Tarkus 
Emerson Lake and Palmer Brain Salad Surgery 
Emerson Lake and Palmer Trilogy 
EnoBrianBefore and After Science 
Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac 
Fleetwood Mac Rumours 
FramptonPeterFrampton Comes Alive 
GabrielPeterSolsbury Hill 
GalasDiamandaMasque of the Red Death 
Genesis Lamb Lies Down on Broadway 
Genesis Selling England By the Pound 
Grateful Dead Blues for Allah 
Grateful Dead Steal Your Face 
Grateful Dead Mars Hotel 
Grateful Dead Grateful Dead (2 Alb Set)Wharf Rat
Grateful Dead Live Dead 
Heart Dreamboat Annie 
HendrixJimiElectric Ladyland 
HendrixJimiCrash Landing 
HendrixJimiAre You Experienced? 
Holy Modal Rounders Last Round 
Homer and Jethro There’s Nothing Like an Old Hippie 
Hot Tuna Final Vinyl 
Hot Tuna Burgers 
Hot Tuna Double Dose 
Jefferson Airplane Flight Log 
Jefferson Airplane Volunteers 
Jefferson Airplane Blows Against the Empire 
Jefferson Airplane Bark 
Jethro Tull War Child 
Jethro Tull Passion Play 
Jethro Tull Thick as a Brick 
Jethro Tull Benefit 
JohnEltonGoodby Yellow Brick Road 
JohnEltonDon’t Shoot Me 
JohnEltonHonky Chateau 
JohnsonMarkLast Night on the Roller Coaster 
JohnsonMark12 in a Room 
JonesRickie LeeFlying Cowboys 
JonesRickie LeeMagazine, The 
JonesRickie LeePirates 
Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy 
Led Zeppelin Physical Graffitti 
Led Zeppelin Presence 
Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven 
Led Zeppelin II 
Little Feat Feats Don’t Fail Me Now 
Little Feat Time Loves a Hero 
Lynrd Skynyrd Lynrd Skynyrd 
MahalTajOoooh! So Good ‘n’ Blue 
MarleyBobBabylon by Bus 
MayallJohnTurning Point 
McKennittLoreenaMask and the Mirror 
MitchellJoniCourt and Spark 
MitchellJoniDon Juan’s Reckless Daughter 
MitchellJoniHissing of Summer Lawns 
MitchellJoniWild Things Run Fast 
Neville Brothers Yellow Moon 
New Riders of the Purple Sage NRPS 
NyroLauraFirst Songs 
Ordinaires One 
Pink Floyd Animals 
Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon 
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here 
Poco Best of Poco 
Police Zenyatta Mondatta 
Police Regatta De Blanc 
Police Synchronicity 
RaittBonnieSweet Forgiveness 
ReedLouSweet Jane 
Rolling Stones Black and Blue 
Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street 
Rolling Stones Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) 
Rolling Stones Tattoo You 
Sade Diamond Life 
Santana Greatest Hits 
Santana Abraxas 
SimonPaulStill Crazy After All These Years 
Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water 
Simon, GarfunkelPaul, ArtCollected Works 
Steely Dan Gaucho 
Steely Dan Aja 
Steely Dan Katy Lied 
Steely Dan Pretzel Logic 
Steely Dan Royal Scam 
Steely Dan Can’t Buy a Thrill 
Steely Dan Countdown to Ecstasy 
Sting Ten Summoner’s Tales 
Talking Heads Fear of Music 
Talking Heads Remain in LIght 
Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues 
TaylorJamesGreatest Hits 
Traffic Best of 
Traffic John Barleycorn Must Die 
Traffic Traffic 
Until the End of the World Soundtrack 
Van Morrison Moondance 
WaitsTomNighthawks at the Diner 
Who Quadrophenia 
WonderStevieHotter Than July 
Yes Close to the Edge 
Yes Relayer 
Yes Fragile 
Yes Yesterdays 
YoungNeilAfter the Gold Rush 

And finally, some artists from other countries who I like. Since imports can be so hard to get, I’ve just listed the artists: I like most recordings by these artists that I’ve found.

Malicorne France
Djavan Brazil
Ali KhanNusrat FatehIndia