Paul's Picks updated

August 3, 2020
 by Paul McGowan

For several years now, my list of favorites has made its way around the internet and shared by many. That's great. I thought perhaps it's time to update and extend that list for those music lovers looking for some fresh reference tunes.

This task has been on my list of to-dos for some time. Recently, I got jogged out of complacency as the bull grabbed its own horns. Members of our Forums started a new thread called "Our list for Paul". You can visit that thread here.  Much appreciated as we all like to have new and great recordings to play.

In the meantime, I share with you my playlist.

  1. Don’t Know Why - Norah Jones - Come Away with Me (24Bit /192 kHz)
  2. Dark Angel - Blue Rodeo - Five Days in July
  3. Angel Vengador - Harry Gregson-Williams - Man on Fire
  4. A case of you - Diana Krall - Live in Paris
  5. Everything Is Free (feat. Flock of Dimes) - Sylvan Esso - Don’t Dream It’s Over / Everything Is Free
  6. Come Away with Me - Norah Jones - Come Away with Me (24Bit /192 kHz)
  7. Gaia - James Taylor - Hourglass
  8. On a Black Horse / Linearity - Avishai Cohen (b) - Almah
  9. Get Lucky - Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams - Random Access Memories (Hi-Res Version)
  10. Goodbye Blue Sky - Pink Floyd - The Wall
  11. Landslide - Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac (Deluxe Edition)
  12. How Insensitive - Diana Krall - From This Moment On
  13. Liquid Spirit - Gregory Porter - The Best of Blue Note
  14. Gnomus - Jean Victor Arthur Guillou - Mussorgsky: M.P.: Pictures at an Exhibition - Stravinski: 3 Movements from Petrushka
  15. Quarter Chicken Dark - Yo-Yo Ma - Yo-Yo Ma - The Classic Albums Collection
  16. Raven - GoGo Penguin - A Humdrum Star
  17. California Dreamin’ - Diana Krall - Wallflower (Deluxe Edition)
  18. San Jacinto - Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel 4: Security (Remastered)
  19. Scarlet Town - Brad Mehldau - Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau
  20. Seven Years - Norah Jones - Come Away with Me (24Bit /192 kHz)
  21. Sleeping by Myself - Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge - Mount Royal
  22. Stimela (The Coal Train) - Hugh Masekela - Hope
  23. Finale: Presto - Ludwig van Beethoven - Debut
  24. Take This Hammer (feat. The Fairfield Four) - Willie Watson - Folksinger, Vol. 2
  25. Tennis Court - Lorde - Pure Heroine
  26. The Ragpicker’s Dream - Mark Knopfler - The Ragpicker’s Dream
  27. The Song Is You - Joe Pass - Virtuoso
  28. The Tennessee Waltz - Allan Taylor - Behind the Mix
  29. The Time Machine - Jean Michel Jarre - Electronica 1: The Time Machine
  30. Train Song - Holly Cole - Temptation
  31. Turn Me On - Norah Jones - Come Away with Me (24Bit /192 kHz)
  32. Variations on One String on a Theme By Rossini: Moses Fantasie - Janos Starker - Janos Starker: Virtuoso Music for Cello
  33. Warm Ways - Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac (Deluxe Edition)
  34. Welcome to the Machine - Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
  35. Within - Daft Punk - Random Access Memories (Hi-Res Version)
  36. Youth - Daughter - A Long Way Down - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  37. Mozart: Sonate in D-Dur Für Zwei Klaviere Kv 448: Allegro Con Spirito - Dena Piano Duo - The Nordic Sound
  38. Nordheim: Colorazione - Cikada Duo - Nordheim
  39. Islandsmoen: Requiem - Lacrymosa - Kristiansand Symfoniorkester - The Nordic Sound
  40. Gjeilo: North Country II - Tom Barber - The Nordic Sound
  41. Stairway to Heaven - Rodrigo y Gabriela - Rodrigo y Gabriela (Reedition Digitale)
  42. Diving Duck Blues - Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ - TajMo
  43. Hip-Notica - Tony Hymas - Who Else!
  44. Keep the Wolves Away - Uncle Lucius - And You Are Me
  45. 1br/1ba - Vienna Teng - Dreaming Through the Noise
  46. Musical Genocide - Gregory Porter - Liquid Spirit
  47. Arms of A Woman - Amos Lee - Amos Lee
  48. Gomni (with Ry Cooder) - Ali Farka TourÈ - Talking Timbuktu (with Ry Cooder)
  49. Trouble’s What You’re In - Fink - Wheels Turn Beneath My Feet
  50. Line ‘em Up - James Taylor - Hourglass
  51. Run Away - Sarah Jarosz - Follow Me Down
  52. Alison - Holly Cole - The Best of Holly Cole
  53. Gaslighting Abbie - Steely Dan - Two Against Nature (Edition Studio Masters)
  54. Where Will I Be - Emmylou Harris - Wrecking Ball
  55. Sex in a Pan - Bela Fleck - UFO Tofu
  56. Requiem: Pie Jesu - Mass Text - Rutter: Requiem - Five Anthems
  57. Fanfare for the Common Man - Aaron Copland - Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man - Appalachian Spring - Symphony No. 3
  58. Raleigh and Spencer - Tony Furtado - Tony Furtado Band
  59. Harlem Nocturne - Illinois Jacquet - Swing’s the Thing
  60. Celestial Echo - Malia - Convergence
  61. Samurai Cowboy - Various Interprets - The Gate
  62. Swallow Your Pride - Rhys - Swallow Your Pride
  63. Mose Allison Played Here - Greg Brown - Slant 6 Mind
  64. Alexandra Leaving - Leonard Cohen - The Essential Leonard Cohen
  65. Cowgirl in The Sand - Neil Young - Live at Massey Hall 1971
  66. My Romance - Gene Ammons - Boss Tenor
  67. Fever - Petra Magoni - Musica Nuda - Live FIP
  68. Lost and Lookin’ - Sam Cooke - The Man Who Invented Soul
  69. Yesterday - Boyz II Men - II
  70. Be Brave - My Brightest Diamond - All Things Will Unwind
  71. Life on Mars? - Seu Jorge - The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
  72. Hey Now - London Grammar - If You Wait (Deluxe)
  73. Asheville Skies - The Milk Carton Kids - Monterey
  74. Love Is A Verb - John Mayer - Born and Raised
  75. Once You - Jacob Collier - Djesse Vol.1
  76. Don’t Mess with Mister T - Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra - The Capitol Studios Sessions
  77. Don’t Even Sing About It - The Books - The Lemon of Pink (Remastered)
  78. Like I Was Sayin’ - Chick Corea - Chinese Butterfly
  79. Thanks to You - Boz Scaggs - Dig
  80. Whiskey and You - Chris Stapleton - Traveler
  81. Brother Can You Spare a Dime - George Michael - Songs from the Last Century
  82. Take Five - Dave Brubeck - Time Out
  83. Skin - Jamie Woon - Making Time
  84. Friend of the Devil - Bob Weir - Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia
  85. Dance with Waves - Anouar Brahem - The Astounding Eyes of Rita
  86. Pärt: Credo for Piano Solo, Mixed Choir and Orchestra - Arvo Pärt - Corigliano / Beethoven / Pärt "Credo"
  87. So What - Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue
  88. Nick of Time - Bonnie Raitt - Nick of Time
  89. Opus One - Emmet Cohen - Masters Legacy Series Volume 2: Ron Carter
  90. House Carpenter - Nickel Creek - This Side
  91. Variations on One String on a Theme By Rossini: Moses Fantasie - Janos Starker - Janos Starker: Virtuoso Music for Cello
  92. (Improvvisazione) Adagio - Georg Friedrich Handel - Handel: Organ Concertos, Op.4
  93. Sleeper - Snarky Puppy - We Like It Here
  94. Voyeur - James Blake - Overgrown
  95. Double Edge - Emika - Emika
  96. Poco adagio - Olivier Latry - Francis Poulenc: Organ Concerto in G minor - Camille Saint-SaÎns: Symphony No. 3, "Organ" - Samuel Barber: Toccata festiva
  97. When the Party’s Over - Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  98. Bad Guy - Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  99. You Don’t Get Me High Anymore - Phantogram - Three
  100. Deeper - Pete Belasco - Deeper
  101. Fit Song - Cornelius - Sensuous
  102. You Can’t Fail Me Now - Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream
  103. Infernal Dance of King Kaschei - Myung-Whun Chung - Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Stravinsky: Firebird
  104. Riverside - Agnes Obel - Philharmonics (Deluxe Edition)
  105. No Tears Left to Cry - Ariana Grande - Sweetener (Explicit)
  106. Kyrie - Jose Carreras - Ramirez: Missa Criolla; Navidad Nuestra; Navidad en Verano
  107. Limehouse Blues - Bengt Hallberg - Jazz at the Pawnshop: 30th Anniversary
  108. Someday House - Greg Brown - Freak Flag
  109. Walking on Sacred Ground - Many Nations/ Thayne & Taiowa Hake - One Voice
  110. With Every Breath I Take - Frank Sinatra - Close to You
  111. The Maze - Herbie Hancock - Jazz ‘Til the End of the Night (All Tracks Remastered)
  112. Jazz Variants - O-Zone Percussion Group - O-Zone Percussion Group: Bamba (La)
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