Guitarist David Bromberg joins Premier Guitar editors (and a lucky reader of the month) in discussing our favorite music—sans guitar.

Every so often you gotta go the other way, change the pace. Guitarist David Bromberg joins Premier Guitar editors (and a lucky reader of the month) in discussing our favorite music—sans guitar. What is your favorite non-guitar jams?


David Bromberg -- Guest Picker
What are you listening to?
Right now I’m listening to some Bill Frisell records including Gone, Just Like a Train. I’m also listening to Doug MacLeod’s CD called DUBB, Allen Toussaint’s The Bright Mississippi, Tracy Nelson’s Four Blues Broads, and Larry Campbell’s Rooftops.
What is your favorite non-guitar music or album?
My favorite non-guitar recordings are early Staple Singers (i.e. The Best of the Staple Singers on Vee-Jay) and Ray Charles on Atlantic and his Modern Sounds in Country and Western on the label he went to after Atlantic.


Larry Antinozzi -- Reader of the Month
What are you listening to?
Buddy Guy Rhythm & Blues, NRBQ (with Al Anderson and Tommy Ardolino), and three songs I've been mixing over and over and something's just not right.
What is your favorite non-guitar music or album?
Diana Krall is always a welcome change of pace. But if she doesn't count, (guitar's in the combo y'know), Louis Armstrong is the man. I met him when I was in 4th grade (yeah, I know, I'm old) and he's probably the first reason I decided to play music!.


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John Bohlinger -- Nashville Correspondent
What are you listening to?
Chris Whitley’s Living With The Law. A 22-year-old album (cut in Daniel Lanois’ house) that sounds better than amazing.
What is your favorite non-guitar music or album?
My all-time favorite non-guitar album: Cheech and Chong’s first album featuring “Dave.” Regrettably, it’s not as funny as I remember.


Rich Osweiler -- Associate Editor
What are you listening to?
Under the Covers, Vol. 3. Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet take on an interesting mix of predominantly college-radio tunes from the ’80s, the same decade these two guitarists saw some of their biggest success.
What is your favorite non-guitar music or album?
I’m a jazz fiend and there’s a ton of it that doesn’t have a lick of guitar. I suppose the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s Time Out probably qualifies as my all-time fave since I’ve listened to it a thousand times. Gamelan music gets honorable mention here.


Charles Saufley -- Gear Editor
What are you listening to?
The re-issue of White Fence’s four-track barrage White Fence, Magik Markers tune-laden Surrender to the Fantasy, the exuberant filth of CCR Headcleaner’s Lace The Earth … , and Mike Donovan’s mostly acoustic Wot.
What is your favorite non-guitar music or album?
I could listen to raga every day. I also love the spaciousness of early ’70s ambient synth jams, John Cale and Spacemen 3’s organ drones, the ecstatic jazz of Impulse-era Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Eddie Gale, and the ESP and Actuel label combos.


Jason Shadrick -- Associate Editor
What are you listening to?
I've started delving into the groovier side of the Grateful Dead. From the synthy intro on "Shakedown Street" to the laid-back saunter of "West L.A. Fadeaway," I'm beginning to think their rhythm section was criminally underrated.
What is your favorite non-guitar music or album?
There's a soft spot in my heart for classical vocal music—thanks to my wife—and anything by Renée Fleming gets my vote.

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