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Preston Frazier’s Mid-Year Best of 2016: Steve Porcaro, Ben Craven, Cyndi Lauper + others

Preston Frazier’s Mid-Year Best of 2016: Steve Porcaro, Ben Craven, Cyndi Lauper + others

As we reach the half-way mark, Preston Frazier offers an endlessly varied Mid-Year Best of 2016 list that spans genres and generations.

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.

Preston Frazier’s Best of 2015 (Non-Jazz): Van Hunt, Toto, Richard Page, J.D. Souther

Preston Frazier’s Best of 2015 (Non-Jazz): Van Hunt, Toto, Richard Page, J.D. Souther

Preston Frazier’s Non-Jazz Best of 2015 list also includes Shemekia Copeland, Grupo Fantasma, Luke Reynolds, Public Service Broadcasting, the Westies and others.

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.

Preston Frazier’s Best of 2015 (Jazz): Marc Cary, Solitaire Miles, Adam Larson + Jose James

Preston Frazier’s Best of 2015 (Jazz): Marc Cary, Solitaire Miles, Adam Larson + Jose James

Albums by established artists like Marc Cary and Jose James join up-and-coming acts including Solitaire Miles and Dylan Howe in Preston Frazier’s Best of 2015 list for jazz.

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.

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2015 (Part 4 of 4, Fusion Jazz): John McLaughlin, Chris Potter, Donny McCaslin, Jeff Lorber

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2015 (Part 4 of 4, Fusion Jazz): John McLaughlin, Chris Potter, Donny McCaslin, Jeff Lorber

S. Victor Aaron picks the best of 2015’s fusion jazz music, including John McLaughlin, Chris Potter, Donny McCaslin, Jeff Lorber and others.

Fred Phillips’ Best of 2015 (Hard Rock + Metal): Iron Maiden, Marilyn Manson, Queensryche

Fred Phillips’ Best of 2015 (Hard Rock + Metal): Iron Maiden, Marilyn Manson, Queensryche

Picking a Best of 2015 list wasn’t easy. A few albums were outstanding, but I sometimes had a hard time finding new music that connected.

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2015 (Part 3 of 4, Avant Garde + Experimental): Sonny Sharrock, Thurston Moore, Scott Amendola

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2015 (Part 3 of 4, Avant Garde + Experimental): Sonny Sharrock, Thurston Moore, Scott Amendola

S. Victor Aaron picks the best of 2015’s avant-garde and experimental music, including Sonny Sharrock, Thurston Moore, Scott Amendola and others.

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2015  (Part 2 of 4, Modern and Mainstream Jazz): Matthew Shipp, John Scofield, Antonio Sanchez

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2015 (Part 2 of 4, Modern and Mainstream Jazz): Matthew Shipp, John Scofield, Antonio Sanchez

S. Victor Aaron picks the best of 2015’s modern and mainstream jazz albums, including John Scofield, Matthew Shipp, Antonio Sanchez and others.