Hi everyone, for your listening pleasure, here are our six suggested albums for the week; five streaming albums and one recommended album on CD.
(Click on the photo of the album you’d like to hear to stream or request the album)
Freegal Streaming Suggestions*
Recommended listening for this week includes new albums by, respectively, folk singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams, jazz bassist Christian McBride and rapper Tyler, The Creator; Classic albums by new age pianist Jim Brickman and composer and conductor John Williams of Star Wars, Indiana Jones and E.T. fame and a couple of extra fun holiday albums as a bonus.
And on to the suggested listening titles of the week!
This Sweet Old World (2017) by Lucinda Williams (Genre: Folk, Pop, Roots Rock, Country):
Singer songwriter Lucinda Williams’s 2017 release finds her re-recording the songs from her classic 1992 LP Sweet Old World. The versions of the songs on this LP are more polished and modern sounding than the ones on the original album, feature a singer 25 years older than on the original release – a singer with the maturity and grit that comes along with having lived through those 25 years.
Songs on the album include: Something About What Happens When We Talk, Sidewalks Of The City, Sweet Old World, Hot Blood and Drivin’ Down a Dead End Street.
Bringin’ It by the Christian McBride Big Band (2017) (Jazz, Swing, Vocal):
This is the second album by bassist and bandleader Christian McBride’s Big Band and to describe it succinctly – it swings!
The LP includes the songs: Gettin’ to It, Thermo, Youthful Bliss, Sahara, Mr. Bojangles and Used ‘Ta Cloud.
No Words (1994) by Jim Brickman (Genre: New Age, Piano, Pop):
This is pianist Jim Brickman’s debut album from 1994.
The AllMusic review of the LP notes that it contains “expressive, moody piano pieces” that tend “toward a pop sound without words.” I’d say that well sum up Brickman’s style; and it is one of the reasons I like his music – it is accessible and relaxing.
Songs on the LP include: Rocket to the Moon, Shaker Lakes, I Said…You Said, American Dream and Old Times.
Greatest Hits 1969-1999 by John Williams and the Boston Pops (Genre: Easy Listening, Classical, Pop, Stage & Screen, Soundtracks):
Composer and conductor John Williams is best known for his work with the Boston Pops Orchestra and for the music he has written for films which includes the theme from Star Wars, music for the Indiana Jones films, E.T., Jaws and more. This album contains some of his most popular and best known music including music from all the previously mentioned films.
Flower Boy by Tyler, The Creator (2017) (Genre: Rap):
Tyler, The Creator was born Tyler Okonma in California in 1991 and started a music career in Los Angeles in his mid-teens. He is a popular rapper, record producer and video music director. This is his fourth album.
Songs on the LP include: Where This Flower Blooms, See You Again, Who Dat Boy, Pothole and Boredom.
Bonus Suggested Listens:
Two seasonal albums I came across while doing research for this posting – they have a relaxing, mellow, nostalgic feel about them!
The first is another album by John Williams and the Boston Pops:
Joy to the Word by John Williams and the Boston Pops (1992):
Songs on the LP include: A Christmas Festival, A Visit From Saint Nicholas, Somewhere In My Memory (from Home Alone), A Christmas Bouquet and We Wish you A Merry Christmas.
And the second one is titled The Old Sweet Songs of Christmas by Frank DeVol & The Rainbow Strings (1960):
A generation older than Williams, Frank DeVol too wrote music for movies and TV shows including: Pillow Talk, Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte, Cat Ballou, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, I Dream of Jeannie, Gidget, Bonanza, Petticoat Junction and My Three Sons.
This string-centric Christmas album includes the songs: Ring Christmas Bells, The Christmas Song, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, White Christmas and Winter Wonderland.
CD of the Week
Porcupine Meat by Bobby Rush:
This 2016 release by singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and Blues Hall of Fame inductee Bobby Rush won a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues album of the year earlier this year.
Songs on the LP include: Porcupine Meat, Snake in the Grass, Catfish Stew, It’s Your Move and Nighttime Gardener.
Bonus CD of the Week:
A Jazz and Blues Christmas by Various Artists (2008) (Putumayo)
Songs on the LP include: Christmas Celebration by B. B. King, Santa’s Blues by Charles Brown, Santa Baby by Claire Barlow, Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer by Ray Charles and Here Comes Santa Claus by the Ramsey Lewis Trio.
Videos of the Week:
Pineola by Lucinda Williams
Bringin’ It by Christian McBride
Christian McBride Big Band Live at Dizzy’s April 2017 – 1st Set
Jim Brickman on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of his No Words LP:
I See The Moon Cover by Jim McBride
John Williams conducts surprise concert at Star Wars Celebration 2017
Who Dat Boy? by Tyler, The Creator
Porcupine Meat by Bobby Rush
Sleigh Ride by John Williams & The Boston Pops:
Ring Christmas Bells/The First Noel/Jolly Old St. Nicholas by Frank De Vol & The Rainbow Strings
Christmas Celebration by B. B. King
Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer by Ray Charles
Have a great week,
Artist Biography & Discography Information:
The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)
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