Favorite 47: Album picks from 47 years at NCPR

Hello Friends–

As I get ready to retire at the end of this month after 47 wonderful years at North Country Public Radio, I want to say thank you to everyone who’s been a part of Music for a Monday. seems like a very long time, but it’s gone by in a flash.

Thank you for listening, and for giving me the chance to share music I love with you. And there’s still so much music to share. So in no particular order, here’s a list of 47 of my favorite albums for you. Not necessarily the best in any category, but some of the ones I love the most. Some newish, some old but still sounding great.  Maybe you recognize some of them from my show, maybe not. Enjoy. And thank you.

Love and hugs,


  1. Paul Simon, Graceland
  2. Orlando Cachaito Lopez
  3. Leonard Cohen, Live in London
  4. Asleep at the Wheel, Ride with Bob
  5. Catherine Russell, Harlem on My Mind
  6. Lynn Miles, Black Flowers, Volume 1-2
  7. Zachary Richard, Le Fou
  8. Carole King, Tapestry
  9. The Manhattan Transfer, Swing
  10. Al Green, Greatest Hits
  11. Frazey Ford, Indian Ocean
  12. Madeleine Peyroux, Dreamland
  13. Charles Lloyd and the Marvels, Vanished Gardens
  14. Stan Getz and Antonio Carlos Jobim, Getz/Jobim
  15. The Mavericks, Live in Austin
  16. Van Morrison, Veedon Fleece
  17. Birds of Chicago, Real Midnight
  18. Eydie Gorme and Trio Los Panchos, Canta en Espanol
  19. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Kings and Queens
  20. Lucinda Williams, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
  21. Cecile McLorin Salvant and the Jean-Francois Bonnel Paris Quintet, Cecile
  22. Cassandra Wilson, Traveling Miles
  23. Chef (Original Soundtrack)
  24. Alison Krauss, Windy City
  25. Jennifer Warnes, Famous Blue Raincoat
  26. Karrin Allyson, Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane
  27. Elton John/Leon Russell, The Union
  28. Marc Cohn, The Best Of
  29. Ivas John, Good Days a Comin
  30. The Mavericks, In Time
  31. Pops Staples, Peace to the Neighborhood/Father Father
  32. Joni Mitchell, Blue
  33. Sarah Vaughan, remastered edition
  34. Norah Jones, …Featuring Norah Jones
  35. Irving Fields and Roberto Rodriguez, Oy Vey…Ole!
  36. Jimmy LaFave, Favorites 1992-2001
  37. Smokey Robinson, Smokey & Friends,
  38. Anita O’Day, Anita Sings the Most
  39. The Beatles, Abbey Road
  40. Roberta Gambarini, Easy to Love
  41. Stevie Wonder, The Definitive Collection
  42. Stacey Kent, Let Yourself Go
  43. Linda Ronstadt, Frenesi
  44. Lake Street Dive
  45. Rachael Price, Dedicated to You
  46. Kurt Elling, Flirting with Twilight
  47. Marc Broussard, SOS: Save Our Soul

8 Comments on “Favorite 47: Album picks from 47 years at NCPR”

  1. Mr. Wakiki says:


  2. Gene Gengel says:

    Dear Jackie,

    Congratulations on your retirement from NCPR. And commiserations from someone who knows what it ‘s like to leave a position of authority. I wish you all the best life has to offer. And thanks for the recommendations of the Albums. We all appreciate the work you’ve put in to help make NCPR the premier station that it has become. You will be missed!


  3. Terry says:

    Nice work, Jackie! Have a happy and healthy retirement! Your voice of kindness can’t be replaced. Come back to the mike for some substituting work! Thanks for the music favorites….some are mine too!

  4. Geoff says:

    Thanks for the list and all the enjoyable hours of listening you have provided. Best of everything in your retirement.

  5. Kevin Kenlan says:

    I have to believe you are a major reason why NCPR is by far the best Public Radio station in the country, and one that I have supported faithfully. “Eclectic Excellence” in music, news, staff and features that I hope will continue in your well-deserved absence. Best wishes in your retirement!


  6. Robert says:

    Hi Jackie, I’m thrilled to have 5 definite best album matches with you!! I do like many of the others. Now, thanks to you, my mission is to explore the others. First on the list? “Cecile”. Discovery!

  7. Nick says:

    Hi Jackie – I’ve always thought you had the best taste in music and always enjoyed your Monday PM show whenever I could catch it. I’m familiar and/or have many of the ones on your list but I am surprised that Emmylou Harris is not there. I think her Red Dirt Girl is very excellent.

    Thanks for all the many hours of great listening! Enjoy your coming free time.

  8. Walter Wouk says:

    Disappointed that you didn’t include Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, though it is a woefully underrated album.

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