Archive for December 12th, 2011

S. Victor Aaron's Top Albums for 2011, Part 1 of 4: Non-Jazz

It’s mid December and you might still be wondering what the hell you’re going to get that special music lover someone for Christmas. Steering you toward the good records and away from the crummy ones is a service we at SER provide year round.

John Baumgardner – Fruitcake with Nuts (2011)

John Baumgardner’s Fruitcake with Nuts, which joins a teetering stack of Christmas-themed recordings, nevertheless finds a way to stand out in the crowd. Some of that is due to the pianist’s choice of material, which doesn’t always hew to conventions.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Meeting Across The River" (1975)

Springsteen’s ode to film noir, “Meeting Across The River” is perfectly sequenced as the energy momentarily shifts down from She’s The One and heads toward the album’s close.