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056: James Taylor, ‘Secret O’ Life’

James Taylor is a terribly misperceived and underappreciated artist.
That may sound a bit off the mark, seeing as we’re talking about an American Icon, a five-time Grammy Award winner who’s been filling halls regularly for 40 years, one of the best-selling artists of all time.
But thinking that James Taylor is ‘You’ve Got a Friend’ and ‘Fire and Rain’ is like thinking that The Beatles are ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ or Dylan is ‘Blowing in the Wind’.
There’s so, so much more.

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055: Miles Davis/Gil Evans, ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’

In which a jazz recasting of classical favorite trumps the original. Gil Evans and a taste of heaven.

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060: The Bill Evans Trio, ‘Gloria’s Step’ from “Live at The Village Vanguard”

I’ve decided.
If I could take just one single piece of music to my desert island, it would be this.

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227: Vitamin String Quartet, ‘All Along the Watchtower’

My worst nightmare came true this week–I became my mother, listening to “nice” music.

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226: The Byrds, ‘Eight Miles High’ (RCA Version)

Oh, how they jangled.

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225: Brad Mehldau, ‘The Falcon Will Fly Again’/Luis Bonfa, ‘Manha de Carnaval’

A great contemporary artist inspired by an iconic original. Lilting, uplifting, in π/4.

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224: Bob Dylan, ‘Motorpsycho Nightmare’

Have you heard the one about the farmer’s daughter and the traveling troubadour?

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223: Ibrahim Maalouf, ‘Conspiracy Generation’

Flowers and pastels and hazy blonde girls tralalaing through a meadow of daisies. Pearl Moskowitz smiling at me in algebra.
I’m in love.

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