Desert Island Top Ten +1 +1+1
Jimi ~ Axis: Bold as Love Carlos Santana ~ Santana III Pat Metheny ~ Offramp Shakti ~ Natural Elements Jim Hall and Ron Carter ~ Alone Together Miles Davis ~ Kind of Blue Pepe Romero ~ Recuerdos De La Alhambra Eliot Fisk ~ Plays Guitar Fantasies Mahavishnu Orchestra ~ Birds of Fire Metallica ~ the black album
This list would be intolerable as it contains no Bach. I demand a bonus entry: Glenn Gould's first Goldberg Variations! And for 50% off my first purchase, I'll take the The Ten Graces Played on the Vina, by Mokkapati Nageswara Rao. And Chicago at Carnegie Hall.
A similar and barely less taxing sorting would be top ten favorite musicians (players/composers). Here goes:
Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Eric Dolphy, JS Bach, Pepe Romero, Jim Hall, John McLaughlin, Ravi Shankar, John Coltrane, and Pat Metheny.
That was tough enough. Very hard to leave out the Beatles, Pops, Bob Marley, John Dowland, Prince, Zakir Hussein, L Shankar, U. Shrinivas, Yes, Frank Zappa, Wes Montgomery, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Thelonius Monk, Bill Evans, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Pass, Ornette Coleman, Oregon, Allan Holdsworth, Adrian Legg, Sam Rivers, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, CSN & Y, Duane Allman, early ZZ-Top and Chicago, Living Colour, Guns and Roses, Starbaby, Fishbone, the Red Hots, ELP, Jeff Beck, Sean Malone, Herbie Hancock, George Shearing, Mel Torme, Bobby McFerrin, Elvin Jones, Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Irakere, Fela Kuti, James Brown, Tony Williams, Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, Erroll Garner, Earl Hines, Nat Cole, Yo Yo Ma, Sergio and Odair Assad, David Byrne, Ian Anderson, Led Zepplin, Isely Bros., Earth Wind and Fire, the Commodores, Glenn Gould, David Murray, World Saxophone Quartet, Cecil Taylor, Manuel Barrueco, Los Angeles Quartet, Ali Akbar Khan, Alla Rakha, Ajoy Chakrabarty, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Shiv Kumar Sharma, T.H. (Vikku) Vinayakram , the Academy of Ancient Music, the Tallis Scholars, Domenico Scarlatti, Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, Brahms, Stravinsky, Debussey, Chopin, Granados, Albeniz, Aaron Copeland, Alicia de LaRocha, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Bela Fleck, any one of whom can mean as much to me on a given occasion as any of the top ten. Screw arbitrariness whenever you feel like it!