Articles by: Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2015 (Rock + Pop): Billy Gibbons, Toto, Death Cab for Cutie, Joe Jackson

Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2015 (Rock + Pop): Billy Gibbons, Toto, Death Cab for Cutie, Joe Jackson

Nick DeRiso also recognizes Steve Hackett, Bob Dylan, Neal Schon, Ringo Starr and others in this Best of 2015 list focusing on pop and rock.

Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2015 (Blues, Jazz + R&B): Boz Scaggs, Gavin Harrison, Alabama Shakes

Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2015 (Blues, Jazz + R&B): Boz Scaggs, Gavin Harrison, Alabama Shakes

Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2015 list for blues, jazz and R&B also included Marc Cary, Robben Ford, Dave Douglas, Papa Mali, Matthew Shipp and others.

Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2015 (Reissues + Live): John Oates, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Faces + others

Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2015 (Reissues + Live): John Oates, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Faces + others

This Best of 2015 list focuses on those revelatory moments, those times when a shard of pristine insight cuts through the clutter of expectation and then memory.

John Lennon, “I Found Out” from Plastic Ono Band (1970): One Track Mind

John Lennon, “I Found Out” from Plastic Ono Band (1970): One Track Mind

Issued on Dec. 11, 1970, ‘Plastic Ono Band’ found John Lennon confronting demons, talismans and heroes – but he never rocked harder than he does here.

Paul McCartney’s willingness to fail made Band on the Run an enduring masterpiece

Paul McCartney’s willingness to fail made Band on the Run an enduring masterpiece

‘Band on the Run,’ released on Dec. 5, 1973, pushes Paul McCartney to new places, as he incorporates every part of his pop genius.

Queen, “Flash” from Flash Gordon (1980): One Track Mind

Queen, “Flash” from Flash Gordon (1980): One Track Mind

Released 35 years ago, Queen’s theme song is the best thing about a justly forgotten 1980 film called ‘Flash Gordon.’

Frank Sinatra’s Trilogy offered one final thunderous triumph

Frank Sinatra’s Trilogy offered one final thunderous triumph

Frank Sinatra would enter a studio again only a handful of times after ‘Trilogy’ arrived 35 years ago. None produced more timeless results than this.

Brand New Heavies’ self-titled debut defined a now-lost acid-jazz cool

Brand New Heavies’ self-titled debut defined a now-lost acid-jazz cool

As brilliant as N’Dea Davenport is, I’m drawn more these days to feel-good instrumentals on the Brand New Heavies’ self-titled album from 25 years ago.

Transitional ‘Sorcerer’ changed Miles Davis, and his music, forever

Transitional ‘Sorcerer’ changed Miles Davis, and his music, forever

Released in December 1967, ‘Sorcerer’ is the clearest sign yet that Miles Davis was letting go of the wheel.

Roger Waters should have left Pink Floyd’s The Wall at this

Roger Waters should have left Pink Floyd’s The Wall at this

When Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ arrived on Nov. 30, 1979, it included a deep cut that perfectly summed up the theme. Too bad he kept going.