Never mind that our readers’ top pick for 2013 was actually published on December 27, 2011. It’s part of a trend involving a certain mop-topped bunch.
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S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2013 (Part 3 of 4, Avant Garde & Experimental Music): Ben Goldberg, Ceramic Dog
I used to call this the “whack jazz” (or is that “wack” jazz?) list, but I found that term to be too restrictive for what’s being presented below.
As the year that is becomes the year that was, it’s perhaps to be expected that retrospective items would move to the fore — and this week, we’re loaded down.
Keith Jarrett on guitar? Yes, Keith Jarrett on guitar, as well as bass and drums. Also, Black Sabbath back on stage with Ozzy Osbourne. Which one do you think has more overdubs?
Roger Taylor, an underrated composer over the years with Queen, offers a rare solo album — as well as a box set collecting his solo work. David Lee Roth, meanwhile, digs into his own work away from Van Halen.
Miles Davis collaborator Jimmy Cobb joins us as we explore nine Columbia albums that capture the earliest flowerings of the Miles Davis legend — the moment when his muse began to match his own prodigious powers.
We dig into the disco goodness of Lady Gaga, even as Miles Davis, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Herbie Hancock are the focus of enormous boxed-set reissues.
Former collaborators Bill Summers and Mike Clark join us as we sort through a handful of ageless moments from the forthcoming Herbie Hancock box set, The Complete Columbia Album Collection.
Back up the reissue truck! Here comes an avalanche of revisionist good times, as we take a second look at favorites from across a dizzying spectrum even while digging into some tasty new live stuff.
The week arrives with cool opportunities to experience classic Flash with Peter Banks, Los Lobos in a nervy, stripped-down format, and a warmly recommended Yuletide offering from Nick Lowe.