Archive for December 22nd, 2011

Nick DeRiso’s Top Albums for 2011: Mainstream and Modern Jazz

We saw our share of standout instrumentalists, from Julian Lage to Rudresh Mahanthappa to Pat Martino. But, as this lists attests, 2011 might rightly be called the Year of the Big Band.

Chicago – Christmas: What's It Gonna Be, Santa? (2003)

This being that special time of year and all, here’s a good occasion to tell you about my favorite latter-day Chicago album …

Jamie and Steve – The Next Big Thing EP (2011)

All good music connoisseurs are already familiar with Jamie Hoover and Steve Stoeckel who for more than 30 years now, have been making the world smile with the ear candy they create with the Spongetones

Half Notes: Ani DiFranco – Red Letter Year (2008)

I can’t help it, but I cringe when hearing that a musician has had their first child. We know what’s coming. The new album where the happy new parental unit goes all gooey about this new life and how wonderful it all is. Holy crap, that sounds cynical. Ahem … Then came Ani DiFranco to prove me wrong. If everRead More