Best Jazz Albums 2015

// This list is built around the ballot I sent to Francis Davis for his 10th Jazz Critic’s Poll, which (UPDATE) is posted at NPR. As someone who grew up reading and admiring (and learning a good deal about thinking and writing from) Davis’ criticism, I’m always thrilled to be a part of this. There’s … Continue reading Best Jazz Albums 2015

2014 Year In Lists

Lists. I know, I know, many music fans find this lazy, unfair, and no substitute for criticism. That point of view is generally true, although lists can be useful and informative. And speaking inside the world of criticism, where it is essentially impossible to listen to every recording that comes my way (the digital music … Continue reading 2014 Year In Lists

Best Classical Albums 2013

The challenge of putting this list together, beyond the obvious point that there are countless excellent musicians putting out superb records every year, is how to encompass drastically different sub-genres into a comprehensive list that weights them fairly in terms of qualities or intellect, execution, artistry and aesthetic pleasure? Classical music means everything from Monteverdi … Continue reading Best Classical Albums 2013


Now that I've got all my lists up, check out some others, especially Seth Colter Walls' well-argued one - the argument is the best part - Steve Smith's ecumenical one, Hank Shteamer's and the Avant Music News one ... and one for cassettes!