My Top 25


Desert island music? The no-holds-barred list goes like this:

Miles Davis Quintet - Complete Columbia Studio Rec. 1965-8 (box)
Keith Jarrett Standards Trio - Live at the Blue Note (box)
Chick Corea - Now He Sings, Now He Sobs
Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Bela Bartok - Music for Strings Percussion & Celesta, Divertimento for Strings
Thelonious Monk - Monkís Dream
John Coltrane - Complete Africa/Brass Sessions
Bill Evans - Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings (box)
Yes - Close to the Edge
Toru Takemitsu - Requiem/Twill by Twilight/etc. (Sony CD)
Weather Report - I Sing the Body Electric
Dave Holland - Conference of the Birds
King Crimson - The Great Deceiver (box)
King Crimson - Absent Lovers
Andrew Hill - Black Fire
Keith Jarrett - Sun Bear Concerts (box)
The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta
Steely Dan - Aja
Arcana - The Last Wave
Brian Eno - Music for Films
Rush - Signals
XTC - Black Sea
Jean-Michel Jarre - Oxygene
Herbie Hancock - Crossings
Larry Young - Unity


Jazz only, dropping down to twenty, and omitting boxsets where possible:

Miles Davis Quintet - Nefertiti
Keith Jarrett trio - Live at the Blue Note
Chick Corea - Now He Sings, Now He Sobs
Joe Henderson - In 'n Out
Thelonious Monk - Monk's Dream
Monk - Genius of Modern Music Vol.2
Bill Evans - Sunday at the Village Vanguard
John Coltrane - Complete Africa/Brass Sessions
Dave Holland - Conference of the Birds
Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus
Clusone 3 - An Hour With
Paul Bley - Footloose
Larry Young - Unity
Weather Report - I Sing the Body Electric
Andrew Hill - Black Fire
Charles Mingus - Black Saint and The Sinner Lady
Herbie Nichols - Complete Blue Note Recordings
Wayne Shorter - Adam's Apple
Duke Ellington - Blues in Orbit
Herbie Hancock - Crossings

A few entries in both lists are subject to change, but those are my personal favorites as of the middle of 2006, and most of them have been entrenched for quite a while. The honorable mentions are too plentiful to mention. (Edited July 2008, because I didnít actually list 25 titles the first time around. Whoops.)


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