Any good acoustic guitar or piano suggestions?

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  1. ChrisAG

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    Since upgrading my system I have a new appreciation for well-recorded music, particularly slow jazz (i.e. Diana Krall) and other acoustic material. Can anyone suggest some good CDs?
     
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    i think the windham hill label has some pretty good piano artists - specifically george winston is probably the most famous. you can almost always find some sort of piano sampler type compilation from them.
    also, suzanne cianni (sp?) from the private music label comes to mind, but i'm only passingly familiar with her work.
    new age music (in general) is really fun to listen to on a good system - i really like the "warmth".
    here's a start for ya...
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    Sara K, "Hobo" on Chesky Records is very well recorded. Can get a CD or Audio only DVD. Jacintha, "Heres to Ben" is a dual layer SACD (cd layer is good too) and is also well recorded. Based on your preference, I would recommend the 2nd one 1st.
     
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    If you're looking for good piano- pick up one of Jordan Rudess' CDs. He's the keyboard player for Dream Theater (I'm a huge fan) and he has also released some solo stuff. The only one I've been able to check out yet is "Resonance"- it plays somewhat like classical music. He's truly one of the few great piano players left today. You can check out his site at www.jordanrudess.com
    He also did an album with guitar player John Petrucci ("An Evening with John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess"). The majority of the music is piano and acoustic guitar duets. Although it's not really jazz, if you like jazz you certainly may like this album.
     
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    Guitar- If you have any interest in classical, check out the many excellent guitar adaptations for Bach's music. His style of composing translates extremely well. I have Paul Galbraith's guitar version of Bach's Violin Sonatas and Partitas. Great stuff.
    Shakti, and Indian/jazz type hybrid led by John McLaughlin is cool. The original Shakti only made one album. Guitar, violin, and percussion.
    Al DiMeola plays a mean guitar (electric and acoustic). I have his Acoustic Anthology, which sounds like it may be for you.
    McLaughlin, DiMeola, and Paco de Lucia (a flamenco guitarist) teamed up on a couple of albums. Three masters going nuts on acoustic guitars.
    Electric guitar: I know you asked about acoustic, but I can't help but recommend Grant Green. One of the first CDs I bought after getting my fancy new speakers was a Green CD. With the room in total silence and my ass in the "sweet spot," the sound was just phenomenal.
    Piano- Thelonius Monk has some interesting solo piano material. However, I don't really listen to solo piano, but if you want jazz piano players in general, I can certainly help with that.
    Cool, calm, smooth stuff: Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck, Sonny Clarke
    More energetic stuff: Duke Ellington, Monk, Bud Powell
    Of course, there are so many more, these are just my favorites
     
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    I started a similar thread the last time I upgraded my receiver. I think it was called "In search of the perfect piano." One recommendation I received then, which I will enthusiastically pass on to you now, is "A Window in Time." Here's the description from Amazon:
     
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    A couple of acoustic guitarists you might enjoy are Leo Kottke and John Fahey, in particular, Kottke's PECULIAROSO and Fahey's RETURN OF THE REPRESSED.
     
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    CHECK OUT THE PAT METHENY & CHARLIE HADEN CD "BEYOND THE MISSOURI SKY." IT'S ACOUSTIC BASS AND GUITAR. VERY NICE. FOR PIANO, GET SOME OF THE SOLO CHICK COREA CDS. OR ANOTHER PIANO FAVORITE IS MICHEL CAMILO. HE'S A DOMINICAN PIANIST THAT IS OUTSTANDING. ALSO LOOK INTO GONZALO RUBALCABA'S CD IMAGINE.
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    John Fahey - amazing guitarist. But buy it for the playing not the sound.
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    I'd recommend Badi Assad - Echos of Brazil. She is a phenomenal classical guitarist that plays jazz. The Echos cd is all classical guitar. You won't be disappointed. It is also on Chesky records.
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