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.

Crosby, Stills & Nash – Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969, 2011 Audio Fidelity Remaster)

Coming on the heels of the Sweet Baby James reissue by Audio Fidelity, the outfit that releases limited edition remastered versions of classic rock albums, is the widely celebrated debut album by Crosby, Stills and Nash.

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.