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Earl Klugh HandPicked.jpg
Studio album by Earl Klugh
Released July 30, 2013
Genre Smooth Jazz, Crossover Jazz
Length 55:36
Label Heads Up
Producer Earl Klugh, Bill Frisell, Jake Shimabukuro, Vince Gill
Earl Klugh chronology
The Spice of Life
(2008)The Spice of Life2008

HandPicked is a smooth jazz studio album by jazz guitarist Earl Klugh released on July 30, 2013. This is Klugh's first album of new material since he released The Spice of Life in 2008 and it is also his first for the Heads Up label. This album showcases Klugh playing solo guitar on 13 of the 16 songs included here. Bill Frisell, Jake Shimabukuro, and Vince Gill all co-produced and played on one song each.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Writing for Allmusic, critic Thom Jurek wrote, "It's been five years since Earl Klugh issued the smooth chamber group offering The Spice of Life." "It's been a long time since we heard Klugh this way, almost totally solo, taking an intimate look at music he loves from across the spectrum. His graceful yet inventive playing, the clean production, and a canny choice of material make Hand Picked one of the finest recordings in his catalog."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Alfie" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 2:34
  2. "Lullaby of Birdland" (George Shearing) – 2:28
  3. "Blue Moon" (Duet with Bill Frisell) (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) – 6:11
  4. "In Six" (Earl Klugh) – 4:08
  5. "Cast Your Fate To The Wind" (Vince Guaraldi) – 3:14
  6. "Hotel California" (Duet with Jake Shimabukuro) (Don Felder, Glenn Frey, Don Henley) – 8:05
  7. "More and More Amor" (Sol Lake) – 3:38
  8. "'Round Midnight" (Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams, Bernard Hanighen) – 2:31
  9. "But Beautiful" (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 1:48
  10. "All I Have to Do Is Dream" (Duet with Vince Gill) (Boudleaux Bryant) – 3:46
  11. "Goin' Out of My Head" (Teddy Randazzo, Bobby Weinstein) – 3:39
  12. "If I Fell" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 1:58
  13. "Where the Wind Takes Me" (Klugh) – 2:03
  14. "Morning Rain" (Klugh) – 3:16
  15. "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing" (Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster) – 2:21
  16. "This Time (Solo)" (Klugh) – 3:56


Production notes[edit]

  • Produced by Earl Klugh (unless otherwise noted)
  • Recorded by Burt Elliott for Burt Elliott Sound at Studio 861, Atlanta, GA
  • "Blue Moon"
Produced by Bill Frisell and Earl Klugh
Recorded by Tucker Martine at Flora Recording and Playback, Portland, OR
Assistant Engineer: Michael Finn
  • "Hotel California"
Produced by Jake Shimabukuro and Earl Klugh
Recorded by Erik Zobler at The Record Plant, Hollywood, CA
Assistant Engineer: Daniel Zaidenstadt
  • "All I Have To Do Is Dream"
Produced by Vince Gill and Earl Klugh
Recorded by Matt Rausch at "The House" Studios, Nashville, TN
  • Mixed by Burt Elliott for Burt Elliott Sound at Studio 861, Atlanta, GA
  • Mastered by Alan Silverman for ARF Mastering, Inc., New York, NY


  1. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "'HandPicked > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved August 2, 2013.