Frame of reference:
I'm 30, and I don't subscribe to the "older music is the best music" philosophy.
Overplayed, overhyped, whatever, I really like:
"Come Away with Me"
Beautiful Voice, well recorded, real dynamic range. Her 2nd album was almost as good.
While most of her stuff is well recorded and dynamic, I prefer:
"The Look of Love". "The Very Best of Dianna Krall" is a good overview of her music as well.
Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald:
"Ella and Louis" Something magical about this SACD. Full of sentimentality and simple good times.
Joshua Bell: He's not the best violinist in the world, but he's a great performer and does good work.
"Romance of the Violin" Has to be my favorite based on the song selection, although his greatest hits are good too.
I don't know if they would Qualify as "best" but a couple really good ones I've recently Discovered:
Acoustic Eidolon: River of Fire [well recorded- simple accoustic music with some flair]
Ray Montford: Shed Your Skin 10th Anniversary Edition [Very nicely recorded, very dynamic, nice textures]
Adele: 21 [This deserves some mention simply as a modern recorded album that wasn't completely adulterated]
I have listened to but can't get into:
"Brothers in Arms". To me there are 2 real problems with this CD.
1) I dislike the song "money for nothing"
2) I can't stand the lead singer's voice and vocal style.
Maybe I need to listen a little more but I don't think either of these issues can be resolved by listening to it more.