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Nick DeRiso’s Half-Year List of Top Albums for 2012: Live and Reissues

For the musical Indiana Joneses amongst us, 2012 has already yielded a number of artifacts for the ages — and we’re but half way done.

Nick DeRiso’s Half-Year List of Top Albums for 2012: Blues and Jazz

Already, we’ve seen the blues and jazz genres enlivened by a series of out-of-nowhere surprises that included Little Feat, Wes Montgomery (yes, Wes Montgomery!) and Bonnie Raitt

Nick DeRiso’s Half-Year List of Top Albums for 2012: Rock and Pop

Taking stock last night, as the sun dove below the trees on the year’s longest day, it occurred to me that 2012 has already provided a harvest of good-rocking blessings.

Readers' Top 10 for 2011: Favorites included Jethro Tull, Transatlantic, Paul Motian

Time to let you have your say. We made a series of lists, checked them twice, then published our best-ofs. But what better way to end things than with the annual SER Readers’ Top 10? Here are your albums of the year

Best of the Best: The Official™ Something Else! Top 10 for 2011

As with last year’s inaugural edition, The Official™ SomethingElse! year-ending Top 10 list requires two or more of us to be in agreement as we gathered around the watercooler at SER Towers. It’s no easy task.

Fred Phillips’ Top Albums for 2011: Metal and Hard Rock

As I look back over 2011′s releases, I realize that maybe it wasn’t quite as good a year in the metal world as I thought.

Nick DeRiso’s Top Albums for 2011: Mainstream and Modern Jazz

We saw our share of standout instrumentalists, from Julian Lage to Rudresh Mahanthappa to Pat Martino. But, as this lists attests, 2011 might rightly be called the Year of the Big Band.

Beverly Paterson’s Top Albums for 2011: Reissues

Today, we climb inside the way-back machine for look at my favorite reissues from 2011, a list that includes established acts like the Kinks and Hollies as well as lost-classic faves like the Strawberry Alarm Clock and Neighb’rhood Childr’n.

Nick DeRiso’s Top Albums for 2011: Jazz Rock and Fusion Jazz

There are records that are frankly too loud to be jazz, and swing too much to be rock. This is the slot for those things — a place where you’ll find everyone from Tony Levin and Derek Sherinian from Black Country Communion to Nels Cline and Bill Frisell.

S. Victor Aaron's Top Albums for 2011, Part 4 of 4: Whack Jazz

For the uninitiated here, “whack jazz” is a term of endearment. It’s jazz that is endearing to me because it’s brave, daring and breaks all the rules about what jazz is supposed to be