Voices at Large

Let Concord Be Your Cupid

14 FEB 08 DAVID VIENNA

Valentine's Day doesn't have to be stressful. ("Did I get the right gift? What if the restaurant where we're eating sucks?") Concord takes the pressure off you with plenty of romantic selections to make your significant other forget what you're like the other 364 days of the year.

The Plays For Lovers and Sings For Lovers releases each feature handpicked collections from quintessential artists such as Dave Brubeck, Stan Getz, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan and more. My favorite is the Chet Baker disc. His version of "You and the Night and the Music" is a smoky whisper filled with longing and lust.

If you're into the southern soul sound, check out pretty much anything by Otis Redding. That guy could sing pages from a business law textbook and women would still throw their underwear at him. And see him in action on the DVD Dreams To Remember: The Legacy Of Otis Redding.

Of course, there are probably some of you who would are spending the day alone. If it is because of a recent breakup, throw on Sia's some people have real problems and turn it all the way up. While there are a few slow ballads, the CD has a bunch of energetic songs such as "Buttons" (QT WM) and "The Girl You Lost To Cocaine" (QT WM) that are so brutal, they may make you feel sorry for her ex.

Jeff Lorber - Hacienda