Archive for November 1st, 2012

Best of October 2012: Readers pick Donald Fagen, Beatles, Bob Dylan, Beth Hart, Neil Young, Steve Hackett

Best of October 2012: Readers pick Donald Fagen, Beatles, Bob Dylan, Beth Hart, Neil Young, Steve Hackett

The Beatles rumbled through our October reader’s poll, placing in four different spots, but the month’s leader in the clubhouse was Donald Fagen — as the Steely Dan leader issued a long-awaited solo album.

Aerosmith – Music from Another Dimension (2012)

Aerosmith – Music from Another Dimension (2012)

I think it speaks volumes that after hearing a few advance tracks, I had this record in hand for three days before I ever listened to it. You see, I’m an Aerosmith fanboy in the worst way.

Queen – Hungarian Rhapsody: Live in Budapest (2012)

Queen – Hungarian Rhapsody: Live in Budapest (2012)

With Freddie Mercury gone for some two decades, it’s easy to forget Queen’s power and majesty — its essentially new amalgam of power pop, metal, and eye-popping theatrics. The sense of loss surrounding this thunderous concert, too, is simply staggering.

Jon Irabagon’s Outright! – Unhinged (2012)

Jon Irabagon’s Outright! – Unhinged (2012)

It was only four years ago when saxophonist Jon Irabagon made his first splash as a solo artist with Outright!. Since then, he’s gone from obscure to being one of the most prolific tenor saxophonists working in NYC today

Jon Lord – Concerto for Group and Orchestra (2012)

Jon Lord – Concerto for Group and Orchestra (2012)

For all of the dynamic playing associated with the late Jon Lord’s performances of this life’s-work composition alongside his band mates in Deep Purple, you never heard it quite like this.