Band Recommendations, Vol. 1

February 24, 2015

I combed the minds of our illustrious bandmates this week and had them send along three (3) albums they enjoy or have been listening to. The late great Dean Drummond taught me to always be listening to new music. “The more you are exposed to, the greater chance you have of finding more music you enjoy.” Here are their picks of the week.


Chris Smucker, reeds

Chromeo, ‘White Women’
Miguel Zenon, ‘The Puerto Rican Song Book’
The Roots ‘Game Theory’


Andrew Bezik, trumpet

Sibelius 5 or 7
Dirty Loops
Led Zeppelin, ‘Houses of the Holy’


Matthew Croft, associate conductor/keyboards

John Williams, ‘Catch Me if you Can’
Penguin Cafe Orchestra, ‘Music for a Found Harmonium’
Monica Mancini, ‘Dreams of Johnny Mercer’


Dustin Beardsley, trumpet

Tigran Hamasyan, ‘EP, No. 1’
Broods, ‘Evergreen’
Ambrose Akinmusire, ‘The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint’


Katie Steinhauer, percussion

Hiatus Kayote, ‘Tawk Tomahawk’
anything by Quadrant
Ellie Goulding, ‘Lights’


Peter Leigh-Nilsen, conductor/keyboards

Timo Andres, ‘Home Stretch’
Bill Evans, ‘Conversations With Myself’
Joni Mitchell, ‘Blue’


Chris Ott, trombone

Stevie Wonder, ‘Songs in the Key of Life
Robert Glasper Experiment, ‘Black Radio’
Knower, ‘Let Go’


David White, bass

Steely Dan, ‘Aja’
Jamie Cullum, ‘The Pursuit’
D’Angelo, ‘Voodoo’


Emily Pecararo, reeds

Tom Waits, ‘Alice’
Sex Mob, ‘Sex Mob Plays Fellini’
Carlo Boccadoro and Sentieri Selvaggi, ‘Zingiber’

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