Archive for December 19th, 2011

Nick DeRiso’s Top Albums for 2011: Jazz Rock and Fusion Jazz

There are records that are frankly too loud to be jazz, and swing too much to be rock. This is the slot for those things — a place where you’ll find everyone from Tony Levin and Derek Sherinian from Black Country Communion to Nels Cline and Bill Frisell.

Bradburys, Click Beetles, Jigsaw Seen, others – Hi-Fi Christmas Party Volume 3 (2011)

Produced by Dan Pavelich, whose catchy confections with bands like the Bradburys and the Click Beetles have reaped rave reactions from here to eternity, Hi-Fi Christmas Party Volume 3 features a batch of the coolest holiday tunes you could hope for.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Jungleland" (1975)

This, the majestic closing track of Born To Run, is the song that some people think should be retired. I’ll get to that bit of insanity in a little bit.