5 Essential Summer CDs Recommended By. . .

The Strokes
New York rockers

1 The Beach BoysSmiley Smile (Capitol)

2 Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers Live (Rhino)

3 Beethoven “Moonlight Sonata”

4 Bob Marley & the Wailers Kaya (Tuff Gong)

5 Guided by Voices Bee Thousand (Matador)

Nikka Costa
New-school R&B diva

1 Radiohead Kid A (Capitol)

2 Jeff Buckley any

3 Richard Ashcroft “A Song for the Lovers” (EMI)

4 Astrud Gilberto The Essential Astrud Gilberto (Verve)

5 Stevie Wonder Fulfillingness’ First Finale (Motown)

“Little” Louie Vega
D.J. at “Dance Ritual,” Vinyl

1 MAW Featuring Puppah Nas-T & Denise “Work” (MAW)

2 Les Go “Dan Gna” (Juna)

3 Kings of Tomorrow featuring Julie McKnight “Finally” (Distance)

4 Jon Cutler featuring E-Man “It’s Yours” (Chez)

5 Cassandra Wilson “You Don’t Know What Love Is” (EMD)

David S. Ware
Tenor saxophonist

1 Ornette Coleman, Ornette on Tenor (Atlantic)

2 Archie Shepp The Way Ahead (Impulse!)

3 Yusef Lateef any

4 Bill Dixon Intents & Purposes (RCA)

5 Thelonious Monk Criss-Cross (Columbia)

Pharrell Williams
One half of production duo the Neptunes and the group N*E*R*D

1 OutKast Stankonia (Arista)

2 Train Drops of Jupiter (Sony)

3 Kelis Kaleidoscope (Virgin)

4 Stereolab Dots and Loops (Elektra)

5 Sergio Mendes & Brasil ‘66 any

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5 Essential Summer CDs Recommended By. . .