The album Saudade by Plínio Fernandes. There are lots of gems on this album. I especially enjoyed Aquarelle 2. Valseana and Aquarela Do Brasil, the first written by Sérgio Assad and the second arranged by him. Plínio Fernandes also performs the five preludes by Heitor Villa-Lobos. You might remember No.3 in A minor from my album Leaning Into the Night, where I performed it with a string section that was composed and arranged by the late Oscar Castro-Neves, who also produced the album.

Oscar told me that Villa-Lobos would do such wonderful things as hold up a piece of notation paper to the window of his Rio De Janeiro apartment and draw a line of the mountains, which he would then use for the melody.


I listened to this podcast conversation with Steve Lipson, because I have been a fan of his producing and arranging for decades. I found it very interesting that Lipson says that one plays Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars differently in part because of the different shapes. Strats mold to the body while Teles sit on top of the body like a box. If you are into music production you might enjoy the interview.

Then I listened to this song, which is a Steve Lipson production:

It’s the great Jeff Beck, playing “Over the Rainbow”, from his album Emotion & Commotion.


Leo Abrahams has a new album out. It’s called Yield. The title track is very beautiful. File under slow and mellow. Perfect for watching clouds or waves.


Jerry Gonzalez was an American trumpet player and conguero from Manhattan – link to Wikipedia page. He played an important role in the development of Latin jazz, but in the year 2000 he decided to move to Madrid, Spain. The first two tracks of this playlist were recorded by his group, Los Piratas del Flamenco, in 2004. The band included guitarist Nino Josele, with Piraña on cajón, and Diego El “Cigala” singing. You can also find this album on Bandcamp. In Spain, Gonzalez also played on countless other songs, including the third track, by Buika, the fourth, Casa Bernardo by Paco De Lucia, and many others. I think the first four tracks of this playlist were all produced by Javier Limón, connecting Gonzalez to DMT22.