Your One "Go To" Recording


What is the one recording you reach for when you can't decide what to play? The one CD or album that will satisfy your need for music when you don't have anything in particular in mind?

Mine is Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue".

Any format. Any genre.

But...only one choice!
tvad
Pierre Yves-Mace "Faux-Jumeaux"

Great thread, Grant.
Patricia Barber "Nightclub"
Hands down my "go to recording" I have it on CD and on Vinyl...Track 7 is a great system check for base responce and clarity, you know you have it when you can hear his fingers slide on the strings, I can just imagine the rozen flying on stage.
Does the one only rule apply if the thread causes schizophrenia?
Mahavishnu Orchestra- Inner Mounting Flame. I know it's recorded lousy (especially on cd), but it's got huge inspired adrenal and brainbox combustion power. Could be a good thing that most people don't get it... those riffs might kill em'.
Yellow Jackets====Greenhouse
Dhafer Youssef. 11-08-03 amsterdam,holland 2d A ELECTRIC SUFI w/ AARSET, ARNISEN, ILG
a show I acquired in a trade.great sound and I never get tired of listening to it.The man is amazing.
I know you said 1 BUT
CODONA [ don cherry,colin walcott,nana vasconcellos ]
can't live without both...sorry
Folks, this is not a "desert island" thread. You can only play one disc or LP at a time...so you gotsa choose just one.

Thanks for the two suggestions though, Lvk47. Which do you play when you can only play just one?
Dave Grusin- Two for the Road
TVAD since "kind of blue" has been chosen, i'll choose NEIL YOUNG "UNPLUGGED". The acoustical versions of some of his older mateial really hits the spot for me. "The old laughing lady", as one, has so much more melody and soul then the original studio version. Then there is "hurricane". "mr. soul" etc.
Try you will not be disappointed!
Holly Cole " Temptation"
Right now it's Nanci Griffith's "Other Voices, Too (A Trip Back To Bountiful)" for me.
Folks, this is not a "desert island" thread. You can only play one disc or LP at a time...so you gotsa choose just one.

I'd probably grab Patti Griffin's "1000 Kisses"...or maybe Kelly Joe Phelps, "Shine-eye'd Mister Zen". Oh shit, I fucked up didn't I? OK, I'll take Patti...NO, NO...wait a minute, no, I'll take Kelly Joe....or wait, what about Tom Waits!!? Screw-it, I'll just grab my iPod!

Marco
Eleanor McEvoy - Yola
Moonlight Serenade by Ray Brown and Laurindo Almeida. Beautiful music that is well recorded.
Dhafer Youssef...
Diana Krall "Love Scenes." The bass by Christian McBride is deep, musical and incredible. First track,"All or Nothing At All." Eleventh track,"Love Is." And others.
John
Camel "A Nod and a Wink"

it's really hard to pick one cause it changes . . . but since a nod and a wink came out, I'd say this is my primary go-to.
Beethoven String quartet Op 131. Emerson String Quartet
Placido Domingo ... "Verdi Arias & Duets" on EMI Great Artists.

Regards, Rich
The Tom Tom Clubs first album. Not only is it a joy to listen to but I also use it as my reference disc.
Great post!

This question is the reason why I went to a hard disk playback setup. A playlist is such a better answer than just a single record. My fall back playlists are sorted by genre (blues, pop, rock, etc.) with each song rated 4 stars or better. Each list contains at least 500 songs and it's set to random play. Here's the most ten recent songs played from the Jazz Vocal playlist:

They Can't Take That Away From Me - Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong/Our Love Is Here To Stay: Ella & Louis Sing Gershwin

Let's Call The Whole Thing Off - Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong/Our Love Is Here To Stay: Ella & Louis Sing Gershwin

It Was A Very Good Year - Frank Sinatra/Sinatra At The Sands

Fools Rush In - Frank Sinatra/Nice And Easy

I'm Glad There Is You - Sarah Vaughan/Jazz 'Round Midnight

All Of Me - Lester Young w/ Billie Holiday/Lester Young Story: Afternoon Of A Basie-Ite

My Funny Valentine - Luqman Hamza/With This Voice

All Of Me - Billie Holiday & Lester Young/Complete Billie Holiday-Lester Young 1937-1946

Rose of the Rio Grande/St. Louis Blues - Duke Ellington/Duke 1940 Live From the Crystal Ballroom In Fargo, N.D.

September Song - Sarah Vaughan/Sarah Vaughan
Damn you, Onhwy61! (I say ala John Stewart...with a smile on my face).

Which one from your list would you choose?

Thank you all for your participation. What's fascinating to me is that I own almost none of the recordings mentioned, and yet they are your "Go To" albums. It seems I need to start adding to my music collection!
Mozart Piano Concerto #20 D minor.
Ry Cooder "Jazz".
Currently, I'd have to go with Mary Gauthier's Filth And Fire
Tvad, did you not say "one"? Onhwy61 is not paying attention.
Obviously things change all the time, but my current fave is "Vampire" from Sinaed O'Connor's "Lay Down Your Arms" - her tribute to reggae. While it's not a fantastic recording in the normal audiophile mode (since it's multi-tracked and a little compressed) there is her wonderful voice and a super-strong bottom end from Sly and Robbie.

I played this in a few rooms at CES and I thought the Wilson Maxx2's in the BAT room were the one speaker that really nailed this.

Regards,
Tvad, did you not say "one"? Onhwy61 is not paying attention.

Yea, yea, I already gently busted him on it, but I understand it's hard to narrow these things down to one choice. Yet, I believe the "one only" rule leads to some interesting choices.

As a Talking Heads lover, I'm going to check out the Tom Tom Club disc.
I'm paying attention, but I'm not following the rules. Having to select just a single disc is so 20th century. Get modern, step into the new millennium and liberate your playing habits. I mean after all, are you still getting up and walking over to a machine to change the album? I mean, like REALLY!!! Oh my goodness, you really are.
Shirley Horn's "Here's to Life" CD
I'm paying attention, but I'm not following the rules. Having to select just a single disc is so 20th century. Get modern, step into the new millennium and liberate your playing habits
This is an interesting topic that warrants a new thread. I have a few thoughts regarding the individual song download contributing to the death of the concept album as an artistic whole (ala "Dark Side of the Moon, or "American Idiot").

But, this is for another thread.
James Taylor's Gaia from the Hourglass CD.
Right now at this point in time for me it would probably be
Cecil Taylor "Conquistador" It's got a little bit of everything I like in it.
Patricia Barber "Modern Cool".
And that isn't because someone already suggested a Grusin album...far from it. Like some on this post I have my computer control my CD players, so it is often left to make the final order to cue the players up....but if I had to search, find and pull out an album ...it would surely be this one.

I always seem to fall back on this album and play a part of it every time I listen to music....it is an amazingly well engineered studio album with such clarity, detail and dynamics. I must have heard it a thousand times but it still has the ability to make my hair stand on end every time...and I am not even a jazz or Duke Ellington fan...so that is really saying something!!!!
I can have the album or cd in my hand faster than you can say "Dire Straits"
herb alpert rise.
And that isn't because someone already suggested a Grusin album...far from it.
Is there a sentence missing from the beginning of this post? Which Grusin album?
Onhwy61, go stand in the cyber corner. You must learn to follow instructions, young man!
Dave Grusin's Homage to Duke

And that isn't because someone already suggested a Grusin album...far from it. Like some on this post I have my computer control my CD players, so it is often left to make the final order to cue the players up....but if I had to search, find and pull out an album ...it would surely be this one.

I always seem to fall back on this album and play a part of it every time I listen to music....it is an amazingly well engineered studio album with such clarity, detail and dynamics. I must have heard it a thousand times but it still has the ability to make my hair stand on end every time...and I am not even a jazz or Duke Ellington fan...so that is really saying something!!!!
My record of choice is Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition, performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Ricardo Muti on MFSL LP 1-520. This record posseses one of the most lifelike reproductions of orchestral music on record I have ever heard, and excels at revealing any flaws in a system's reproduction of string tone, dynamics, and soundstaging.
What a terrific thread. Well done Tvad!

This is a tough one, but I'd have to say

Astral Weeks - van Morrison
Of course this changes from time to time but right now it's k.d. lang's "Hymms of the 49th Parallel."
Chick Corea - Return to Forever
Dylan's Blood On The Tracks. When I'm not playing Kind of Blue or Mahler.
Mingus AH UM. I did this last night when I couldn't decide what to play.
Rzado,

I too have that Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition, performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Ricardo Muti...its awesome....so is Lorin Maazel and Cleveland Orchestra's 5th Symphony by Shostakovitch..and so is Telarc's Rachmaninov 3nd and 4rd and so...oops I forgot...as they said in Highlander "There can only be one"
Yes.....the Yes Album
perfect blend of guitar, keyboards, vocals, and stout BASS
guitar(thanks Mr. Squire!) Still thrilling 35 years later.
Jorma Kaukonen, Blue Country Heart. With Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas and Byron House; they really settle into the finest groove this side of any Bluegrass I've heard.

Honorable mention to Alison Krauss & Union Station Live. I'm excited cuz I'll be seein' 'em when they come 'round in March...
ap 45 tenor madness by sonny rollins.
neil young "unplugged"