Desert Island

The hypothetical "desert island" situation is a dumb one to me, mostly because the possession of any amount of musical recordings is totally inconsequential to one's survival out in the elements. But I do often think about the records I wouldn't be the same without. Here's a list of some length, in no particular order:

  • Miles Davis - Nefertiti, Live-Evil
  • Wayne Shorter - Speak No Evil
  • Bill Frisell - Gone Just Like A Train, Trio Live (with Joey Baron and Kermit Driscoll)
  • Elvis Costello - This Year’s Model, Armed Forces
  • Lee Dorsey - Yes We Can
  • Dave Douglas Tiny Bell Trio - Songs For Wandering Souls
  • Talk Talk - Spirit Of Eden, Laughing Stock
  • Tortoise - TNT
  • Meshell Ndegeocello - Comet, Come To Me
  • Dr. Octagon - Dr. Octagonecologyst
  • Steve Reich - Drumming
  • Michael Cain with Peter Epstein and Ralph Alessi - Circa 
  • Yo La Tengo - And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out
  • Air - Talkie Walkie
  • Lan Xang - Hidden Gardens
  • Bill Withers - Still Bill
  • Beck - Sea Change
  • Souls Of Mischief - '93 til Infinity
  • Brian Blade Fellowship - s/t
  • Blonde Redhead - Misery Is A Butterfly
  • Drive Like Jehu - Yank Crime
  • Ornette Coleman - Change Of The Century
  • Glenn Gould - Bach: Goldberg Variations
  • Old And New Dreams - s/t (ECM)
  • Bonnie “Prince” Billy - The Letting Go
  • Todd Sickafoose - Tiny Resistors
  • Mississippi John Hurt - 1928 Sessions
  • John Coltrane - Live At The Village Vanguard - The Master Takes (1961)
  • Leonard Bernstein - West Side Story (original cast recording)
  • Brad Mehldau - Art of the Trio, Vol 4. 
  • Fugazi - Red Medicine
  • Craig Taborn - Junk Magic
  • DJ Shadow - Endtroducing
  • Four Tet - Rounds
  • John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band
  • Jackson Browne - s/t (Saturate Before Using)
  • Spain - She Haunts My Dreams
  • Pat Metheny - Rejoicing
  • Keith Jarrett Trio - The Cure, Tokyo '96
  • Keith Jarrett "American" Quartet - Survivors' Suite, Bop-Be