All-Star Lists

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014 (Part 4 of 4, Fusion Jazz): Nels Cline Singers, Jaco Pastorius, Elizabeth Shepherd

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014 (Part 4 of 4, Fusion Jazz): Nels Cline Singers, Jaco Pastorius, Elizabeth Shepherd

S. Victor Aaron picks the best of 2014’s fusion jazz, including Nels Cline Singers, Jaco Pastorius, Elizabeth Shepherd and others.

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014 (Part 3 of 4, Avant Garde + Experimental Jazz): Jimmy Giuffre, Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014 (Part 3 of 4, Avant Garde + Experimental Jazz): Jimmy Giuffre, Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith

S. Victor Aaron picks the best of 2014’s avant-garde and experimental jazz, including Roscoe Mitchell, Jimmy Giuffre, Wadada Leo Smith and others.

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014  (Part 2 of 4, Modern + Mainstream Jazz): Keith Jarrett, Brian Blade, Matthew Shipp

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014 (Part 2 of 4, Modern + Mainstream Jazz): Keith Jarrett, Brian Blade, Matthew Shipp

S. Victor Aaron picks the best of 2014’s modern and mainstream jazz albums, including Keith Jarrett, Brian Blade, Fred Hersch and others.

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014  (Part 1 of 4, Non-Jazz): Lucinda Williams, Me’Shell Ndegéocello

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014 (Part 1 of 4, Non-Jazz): Lucinda Williams, Me’Shell Ndegéocello

S. Victor Aaron picks the best of 2014’s non-jazz albums, including Lucinda Williams, Me’Shell Ndegéocello, Drive-By Truckers and others.

Preston Frazier’s Best of 2014 (Jazz and Fusion Jazz): Simon Phillips, Oz Noy, Bobby Broom

Preston Frazier’s Best of 2014 (Jazz and Fusion Jazz): Simon Phillips, Oz Noy, Bobby Broom

Preston Frazier’s Best of 2014 in jazz and fusion, including the Breithaupt Brothers, Simon Phillips, Oz Noy, Bobby Broom and Miguel Zenon.

Kit O’Toole’s Top Beatles Albums, Books, Collectibles and Movies for 2014

Kit O’Toole’s Top Beatles Albums, Books, Collectibles and Movies for 2014

Kit O’Toole counts down the best Beatles-related releases of the past year, as we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania.

JC Mosquito’s Top Reissues for 2014: Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, CSNY, others

JC Mosquito’s Top Reissues for 2014: Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, CSNY, others

Top reissues of 2014 include a double shot of Led Zeppelin, more Bob Dylan and the Band than you could imagine, and some long-lost CSNY.

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (R&B, Jazz and Blues): Paul Rodgers, Rebirth, Walter Trout, Brad Mehldau, Wilko Johnson + Roger Daltrey

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (R&B, Jazz and Blues): Paul Rodgers, Rebirth, Walter Trout, Brad Mehldau, Wilko Johnson + Roger Daltrey

Little other than a sense of soul holds this list together. That’s more than enough.

Fred Phillips’ Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Southern Rock and Country): Bob Wayne, Sturgill Simpson, Mat D, Jackson Taylor, Willie Nelson

Fred Phillips’ Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Southern Rock and Country): Bob Wayne, Sturgill Simpson, Mat D, Jackson Taylor, Willie Nelson

Sturgill Simpson? The genuine article. Bob Wayne? Back with his best ever.

S. Victor Aaron’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Fusion Jazz): Nels Cline Singers, Medeski Martin & Wood, Jaco Pastorius

S. Victor Aaron’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Fusion Jazz): Nels Cline Singers, Medeski Martin & Wood, Jaco Pastorius

Everything from ambient post-rock to improvisational, to scattered rock-jazz.