Archive for December 18th, 2012

Mark Saleski’s Top Albums for 2012: Jazz and Improvised Music

Well, of course I don’t think jazz is stupid. I love jazz. But that didn’t stop me from laughing out loud when this scene showed up out of nowhere in a recent episode of The Office.

George Woods – Heartbeat (2012)

From the quiet affirmations of this album’s opening stringed overture, George Woods sets a mood of heartfelt expectancy. Don’t get too comfy, though.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Dreams of Fireflies [On a Christmas Night] (2012)

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Dreams of Fireflies [On a Christmas Night] (2012)

I’ve had a little trouble getting in the holiday spirit this year, so despite the fact a new Trans-Siberian Orchestra EP has been out since early November, I’m just now starting to dig into it.

Elliott Sharp’s Terraplane – Sky Road Songs (2012)

Sky Road Songs, Elliott Sharp’s latest record by his outfit Terraplane, is outwardly blues, but there’s enough eccentric, wild stuff going on to make me wonder if blues as rendered here is merely a delivery system for a freak show.