5 CD's on your current "permanent " rotation.

5 cd's that sit beside your player, that you don't bother replacing in your rack...........your current "permanent" rotation.

mine are: MILES DAVIES "kind of blue", ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM "jazzmasters 13", SARA BRIGHTMAN, "time to say goodbye", GETZ GILBERTO "#1 & #2,
1. The Ruby Braff & George Barnes - Live at the New School
2. Jane Monheit - In the Sun
3. Sounds of Wood and Steel 2 - A Windham Hill Collection
4. Suite for Flute & Jazz Piano Trio - Claude Bolling & Jean Pierre Rampal
5. Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds - Live at Luther College
1. Boris - Heavy Rocks
2. Eloy - Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes
3. Manilla Road - Crystal Logic
4. Sir Lord Baltimore - Kingdom Come/Self Titled
5. Misfits - 20 Hits (Yellow Skull)
Bill Frisell, "Nashville"
Chet Baker, "Chet"
Jerry Garcia Band, "Live"
Seldom Scene, "Old Train"
Morrisey, "You are the Quarry"

Mwilson, your mentioning of Sir Lord Baltimore sure shook loose some cobwebs, I grew up in that area & remember them well....
Isn't Lord Baltimore the guy who tracked Butch & Sundance in the movie?
Bob Marley....Legend
New Order.....Substance
Hank Mobley...Roll Call
U2............Joshua Tree
Coltrane......Standard Coltrane

Among many others, these selections always make me feel good.
The Stereophonics "You gotta go there to come back"
Daniel Lanois "Shine"
The Killers "Hot Fuss"
Ryan Adams "Love is Hell" Full Release
Cooper Temple Clause "Kick up the Fire, and let the Flames Break Loose"

1 miles davis / bitches brew.

2 miles davis / sketches of spain.

3 red garland / reds blues.

4 the jazz crusaders / the best of the jazz crusaders.

5 frank zappa / the thing fish.

im completly awe struck with bitches brew , i cant remember a week where i didnt listen to atleast half of it.

Rosanne Cash - Rules of Travel
Joan Osborne - Relish
Neil Young - Silver & Gold
Emmylou Harris - Cowgirl's Prayer
Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris - Western Wall
Jerry Mulligan Quartet - Dragonfly
Holly Cole - Temptation
Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out
Patricia Barber - Modern Cool
Dave Matthews - Some Devil
It's not reasonable to limit 'permanent' rotation to five, or even ten titles, but here are five of my favorites (though if I think about it another minute I will come up with a dozen other titles I enjoy as much):

King Curtis - Night Train
Stan Getz and the Oscar Peterson Trio
Phineas Newborn - Harlem Blues (or We Three...)
Bill Frisell - Gone Like a Train (or Good Dog, Happy Man...)
Los Lobos - How Will the Wolf Survive(or Kiko...)

I'm already thinking of others.
The Best of Mountain Sony Remastered 2003.

AC/DC Back in Black Epic Remastered 2003.

Mighty Sam Mclain Give it up To Love XRCD.

Jethro Tull The Very Best Of 2003 Chrysalyis EMI Canada.

Spirit Traveler The Hits of The Motor City XRCD.
1) Soular Energy Ray Brown Trio

2) One Quiet Night Pat Metheny

3) Anything Goes Brad Mehldau Trio

4) Nightclub Patricia Barber

5) Love Songs Diana Krall

Sacd if available. This my jazz week. Pat Metheny's solo acoustic baratone guitar is incredible. Other weeks would be David Grey's White Ladder, Rosanne Cash's Rules of Travel, Neil Young's Silver and Gold... and classical.
John Dean
Grown Backwards - David Byrne
True Love - Toots and The Maytals with special guest artists
Vivaldi's Concert for the Prince of Poland - The Academy of Ancient Music
Obrigado Brazil Live in Concert - Yo Yo Ma
LIVE AT HARVEST FEST - The Twisters An awesome blues band with a phenomenal blues harp player from Vancouver, Canada
Masada: Masada 8, Live in Sevilla
Kings of Leon: Youth and Young Manhood
Cafe Tecuba: Cuatros Caminos
Ahmad Jamal: In Search of Momentum
Prince: Musicology
Dire Straits "Brothers in Arms" Japanese JVC XRCD
Chesky "ultimate demonstration disk" Rebecca Pigeon "Spanish Harlem" especially
Pink Floyd "The Wall"
Eagles "Hotel California"
Eric Clapton "Unplugged"
This is gonna date me like the other entries have done to most everyone else, but...

1) Santana - "Caravanseria"
2) Santana - "Welcome"
3) McLaughlin/Santana - "Love, Devotion, and Surrender"
4) Miles Davis - "Miles Smiles"
5) Bob Dylan - "Nashville Skyline"

Just found those remastered Santana CDs and anyone who has only heard his music of the last 3-4 yrs, check these out. Of course, you gotta get his first three albums and also "Borboletta" which doesn't appear to have been remastered yet.

A few weeks ago the list would have been mostly chamber music.
1) Dick Hyman "From the Age of Swing"
2) Livingston Taylor "Ink"
3) Jeannie Bryson "Some Cats Know"
4) Oscar Peterson "Quiet Now"
5) Ali Akbar Khan "Journey"

Plus there always seems to be a Shirley Horn, Strunz & Farrah, Andre Previn or Stephane Grapelli close by.
Mancini's 'Breakfast at Tiffani's', Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, Jorma Kaukonen 'Blue Country Heart', Allison Krauss & Union Station Live, and The Beatles Yellow Submarine- the later one with the compilation, not the soundtrack.

All great stuff and very well recorded. The Ella and Louis and Allison K are sacd
Hawksley Workman, Lover Fighter
Ween, White Pepper
Rush, FeedBack
Daves True Story,
King Crimson, Three of a perfect pair
Dire Straits "On Every Street"
Sam Phillips "A Boot and A Shoe"
Dream Theater "Images and Words"
Porcupine Tree "In Absentia"
Eric Clapton "Me and Mr. Johnson"
Current five:

Kenny Werner Trio - Peace
Masada String Trio - 50I
Mulgrew Miller- Live at Yoshi's Vol.1
Wayne Shorter- Footprints Live
Kurt Elling- Live in Chicago
1. Deep Dead Blue - Elvis Costello and Bill Frissell
2. La Folia - Jordi Savall SACD
3. Handel Arias - Lorraine Hunt Lieberson - SACD
4. Get yer Ya Ya's out - The Rolling Stones SACD
5. The Trinity Sessions - Cowboy Junkies

In no particular order
Dave Grusin; "Homage to the Duke" & "The Gerswhin Connection"
Susan Werner; "Last of the Good Straight Girls"
John Mayall & Friends; "Along for the Ride"
Willie Nelson; "Across the Borderline"
1) Dave Brubeck Quartet - Brubeck and Rushing
2) Grant Green Feelin' the Spirit
3) Steely Dan Aja
4) Tom Waits Blue Valentine
5) Blind Boys of Alabama - Spirit Of the Century
In no particular order.

1: AKUS - Now that Ive found you. Anything Allison Krauss is fine with me.

2: John Lennon - Imagine. I cant explain "Oh Yoko" but it puts me in a great mood, its so jammin.. prat I think. Much more to explore with these guys as a group and solo for me.

3: Aimee Mann - Bachelor No.2. I love Aimee. Unique sense of rythem that always grabs me.

4: CCR - Pendulum. Actually there is always something from Creedence in rotation here except Mardi Gras. Special thanks to Analogue Productions, Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray for giving us Creedence as good as it will ever be.

5: James Taylor - Greatist Hits. Warner Bros 1976 but you wouldnt know it from the sonics. I even doubt the dates on the label. A fine CD of this type if ever one existed.
Miles Davis - In A Silent Way
Lou Reed - Magic & Loss
Beck - Sea Change
XTC - Nonsuch
Patrick O'Hearn - Indigo
1 - Dave Alvin - Out in California (saw him last week in Houston - great show)
2 - Allman Bros - Fillmore East
3 - Rodney Crowell - The Houston Kid (ok i'm biased)
4 - Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
5 - Any of the live annual compilation volumes put out by KGSR in Austin. Hard to pick just one. If you can get this station on the web via streaming audio check it out.

Funny how my "permanent" rotation changes between car, work, and home.
The current line up, I think...
Car: Jack Johnson "On & On"; "Thicker Than Water"
Radiohead "The Bends"
U2 "Rattle'n'Hum"; "The Joushua Tree"; "Achtung Baby"
Work: Mozart "Sonatas for Violin and Piano K. 304, 454, 526"
Vivaldi "Concertos for Authentic Instruments"
Sibelius "Violin Concerto"
Home: Bebel & Cigala "Llagrimas Negras"
Putumayo "Nuevo Latino"
Brahms "Piano Concerto #2"
Indigo Girls "Retrospective"
Gidion Kremer "Tango Ballet"
this list will surely change next week
Jamie Cullum "Twenty Something" Jeff Buckley "Grace" Gladys Night "Best Of" Amiee Mann "Lost in Space" Fiona Apple "Tidal"
In not particular order:
-Buddy Rich "Bid Swing Face"
-Dave Matthews Band "Under the Table and Dreaming"
-Ray Charles "Genius Likes Company"
-Michael W. Smith "Freedom"
-Louie Bellson "Louie Bellson's Big Band Explosion"
Lately my "permanent" rotation - in no order. I'm not sure how to choose among the couple of hundred that are really part of my permanent rotation

Ornette Coleman - "The Shape of Jazz to Come" Atlantic
Fred Anderson - "The Missing Link" Nessa
John Coltrane & Don Cherry - "The Avant-Garde" Atlantic
Mel Brown - "Neck Bones and Caviar" Electro-Fi
Johnny Winter - "Johnny Winter" Columbia
KOLN CONCERT, Keith Jarret
MIDNIGHT SUGAR, Yamamoto Tsuyoshi trio
Bireli Lagrene "Front Page", Denny Jiosa "Inner Voices", Karunesh "Global Spirit",
Jacky Terrasson "What It Is" & Al Di Meola "Kiss My Axe"
1) dave brubeck and jimmy rushing
2) i heard it on npr- shake these blues
3) tom waits- blue valentine
4) ben harper- fight for your mind
5) miles davis- walkin'
Nils Lofgren-Acoustic Live
Wynton Marsalis-Live at the Village Vanguard
Tori Amos-Under the Pink
Tord Gustavsen Trio-The Ground
Porcupine Tree-Voyage 34
1. Sony Rollins - Way Out West
2. Bill Evans - Interplay
3. Monk meets Mulligan
4. Sonny Rollins - Our Man in Jazz
5. Roy Hargrove - Tenors in My Life
Joe Henderson - Big Band (Verve)
Horace Silver - Songs My Father,or Styling of Silver (Verve)
Jon Fadis - Remembrances (Chesky)
Diana Krall - When I Look in Your Eyes
Fred Hirsch - Dancing in the Dark (Chesky)

All have great sonics. But, first two have much to offer sonically, but not perfect. All musically in highest of leagues.
I will second one of tvad's selections, Dire Straits On Every Street, also Alice in Chains Unplugged, perhaps the best in digital playback. Richard Thompsons Two Letter Words, and I have the Vinyl which is incredible, but the digital copy of Allison Krauss & Union Station, So Long, So Wrong. Sounds very good for a CD.
Grant Green: Green Street
Elliot Smith: Elliot Smith
Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane: Cannonball and Coltrane
Franz Schubert: The Last Four Quartets
Donald Byrd: At the Half Note Cafe
Chet Baker and Russ Freeman ( Mosaic Collection)
Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan (Mosaic Collection)
Tori Amos - Boys for Pele
Ry Cooder - Paradise and Lunch
Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited (reissue/remaster)
Alison Krauss + Union Station: Live, CD1 and CD2
Tori Amos: Under the Pink
Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time Out
Cincinnati Pops: Chiller
1) Celso Fonseca "Rive Gauche Rio"
2) Bebel Gilberto "Tanto Tempo"
3) Kaiser Chiefs "Employment"
4) Edgar Meier, Bach Cello Suites
5) U2 "How to dismantle an atomic bomb"
Horowitz - "Live and Unedited; Carnegie Hall, 1965"
Ben Harper - "Fight for Your Mind"
Jordi Savall - Soundtrack to "Tous Les Matins du Monde"
R.U.B. - "Are You Be"
Miles Davis - "Seven Steps to Heaven"

...and Alice in Chains "Unplugged" when I'm just not sure what to put on. The quality of that recording is extraordinary.

Bill Frisell, East West, a new double live disc, you're in for a treat when you hear Shenandoah

Van the Man, Magic Time, always a few essentials on each one

Savoy Brown, Street Corner Talking, for old times sake

John Prine, Fair & Square

Tony Rice, Unit of Measure, can't wait to see him again this October down upon the Suwannee River, oh yeah
...Geoff Smith - "Fifteen Wild Decembers" - Contemporary, cool-blooded, piano-driven minimalism with Nicola Walker Smith's soaring vocals filtered through some nineteenth century-ish existentialism. Think Shelly, Bronte, Keats, Dickenson, etc. Lovely and smart music in all respects. Rewards repeated listening.

...Lila Downs - "La Sandunga" - The epitome of modern Mexicana vocal art. At once classically traditional and jazzily fresh. Feminine, worldly and delicately commanding. A breathtaking beauty. An unknown star.

...Mark-Almond - "Night Music" - These guys are more adaptable to the times than Hall and Oates. Lush, electrified, pro-ambient, discretely soulful, gentle jazz with an edge. A brilliantly crafted studio disc of non-ironic pop romance for grown ups.

...Prazak Quartet - Janacek's String Quartet #1 (" Kreutzer Sonata") - These Bohemians have been together since students in 1975. It shows. Loving and masterfully instructive in the music and the form. It is a wonder to see them live. Formal and immensely engaging.

...Tony Joe White - "Lake Placid Blues" - ...Of "Poke-Salad Annie" and "In The Ghetto" fame. This man is crafty. You've never heard of any of these songs but every single one coulda/shoulda been a hit. Artful, richly common stories of life on the road and in the swamp. J.J. Cale's smart, twin brother separated at birth. Love and regret abounds but tomorrow is a new day.

Bonus. Black Diamond Heavies - "You Damn Right" - The Doors on meth meet Robert Johnson on heroin. Heavyweights in more than name alone. This poor, white trash Blues trio is full of naive courage and a sweaty, consumptive hunger. They cast a mist of fun afloatin' in the heat rising off the thighs of nineteen year virgins. Quirky, dark, sexy, punkish first tier blues. Organ-driven, "slides"ville. Best played real loud.
Ryan Adams (MoFi-SACD version) Heartbreaker
Lucinda Williams World without Tears
Aimee Mann Bachelor #2
Arcade Fire Funeral
Radiohead Amnesiac
lee morgan - sidewinder
radiohead - all
sonny clark - s.c. trio
soul coughing - irresistable bliss
john scofield - a go go
My current five:

Mulgrew Miller- Live at Yoshi's Vol.II
Jessica Williams- Live at Yoshi's Vol.II
Branford Marsalis- Eternal
Marian McPartland- 85 Candles
Art Pepper- Friday Night at the Village Vanguard
It changes, but these seem to find regular play.

Big & Rich - Horse Of A Different Color
Boston - Boston
Clint Black - Killin' Time
Neil Diamond - His 12 Greatest Hits
Meatloaf - Bat Out Of Hell
Nina Simone - Anthology ('03)
Mark Murphy - September Ballads
Detroit Cobras - Mink Rat or Rabbit
Lucinda Williams - World Without Tears
Jimmy (Smith) & Wes (Montgomery) - The Dynamoc Duo