Top Ranking Albums of November 2013

Eek-A-Mouse  – Eek-Ology [17 North Parade 2013]

Various ArtistsBoardwalk Empire, Volume 2 [ABKCO 2013]

Various Artists Boardwalk Empire [Elektra 2013]

Smith WesternsSoft Will [Mom & Pop Music 2013]

Various Artists #SaveReggae, Vol. 3 [21st hapilos Digital Reggae 2013]

Various ArtistsDivided & United–Songs of the Civil War [ATO Records 2013]

EminemThe Marshal Mathers LP 2 [Aftermanth/Interscope/Shady 2013]

Jah 9Steamers A Bubble [Shamala Productions 2013]

Pusha T My Name Is My Name [Def Jam 2013]

Alan JacksonThe Blugrass Album [ACR Records 2013]

Various ArtistsCrossroads Guitar Festival 2013 [Rhino 2013]

Billy Joe Armstrong & Norah Jones Foreverly [Reprise 2013]

MishkaThe Journey [Mailboat Records 2013]

Willie NelsonTo All The Girls [Legacy Recordings 2013]

Brett DennenSmoke and Mirrors [F-Stop Records 2013]

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Top Ranking Albums of November 2013

Top Ranking Albums of January 2013

FoxygenWe Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic [Jagjaguwar 2013]

McPullishBlack Metal White Reggae [Charlie’s Records 2013]

ProtojeThe 8 Year Affair [Don Corleon Records 2013]

La Santa CeciliaEl Valor [Rebeleon Entertainment 2012]

Various Artists Impossible Riddim [Bizzarri Records 2013]

Various Artists Queen of Queens Riddim [Larger Than Life Records 2012]

Various ArtistsWorld Wide Love Riddim [Flash Hit Records 2012]

Various ArtistsIndo Riddim [Jah Youth Productions 2013]

Tim TimebobLip Up Fatty [Hellcat Records 2013]

Ra Ra RiotBeta Love [Barsuk 2013]

Various ArtistsTropical Escape Riddim [Chimney Records 2012]

ChronixxAin’t No Giving In [Chimney Records 2012]

Various ArtistsCorner Shop Riddim [21st Hapilos 2012]

Ben Harper and Charlie MusselwhiteGet Up [Stax 2013]

BladzunHeavy Flowers [Krian 2013]

Oliver “Tuku” MtukudzoSarawoga [Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzo 2012]

Various ArtistsFrom France to Jamaica [Undisputed Records 2013]

A Tribe Called RedNorthern Cree – Red Skin Girl [Masalacism Records 2011]

Top Ranking Albums of January 2013

Top Ranking Albums of September 2011

The Spiritual Accessories EP
  1. Graham Wilkinson The Spiritual Accessories EP [Little Windmill Records 2011]
  2. Trombone ShortyFor True [Verve Forecast 2011]
  3. Various ArtistsO Brother, Where Art Thou? [Lost Highway 2011]
  4. SuperHeavySuper Heavy [Universal 2011]
  5. Preservation Jazz Hall Band and the Del McCoury Band –  American Legacies [McCoury Music 2011]
  6. Various Artists – Our Favorite Beres Hammond Songs [VP Records 2011]
  7. The Secret Sisters –  The Secret Sisters [Universal Records 2010]
  8. Bunny LeeDub Will Change Your Mind [King Spinna Records 2011]
  9. Aloe Blacc – Good Things [Stones Throw Records 2010]
  10. Various ArtistsListen To Me: Buddy Holly [Verve Forecast 2011]
  11. Augustus PabloThis Is Augustus Pablo [VP Records 2011]
  12. Various ArtistsThe Biggest Ragga Dancehall Anthems 2011 [VP Records 2011]
  13. WilcoThe Whole Love [dBPM Records 2011]
  14. James Blake and Bon IverFall Creek Boys Choir [Universal Records 2011]
  15. Tom WaitsBad As Me [Anti/Epitaph 2011]
  16. Olivia Tremor ControlThe Game You Play is in Your Head, Parts 1, 2, & 3 [Cloud Recordings 2011]
  17. Theophilus LondonTimez Are Weird These Days [Warner Brothers 2011]
  18. St. Vincent Strange Mercy [4AD 2011]
  19. George StraitHere For A Good Time [MCA Nashville 2011]
  20. Zee AviGhostbird [Brushfire Records 2011]
  21. Clap Your Hands and Say YeahHysterical [CYHSY 2011]
  22. Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter – Marble Son [Station Grey Records 2011]
  23. Pedro Soler & Gaspar Claus – Barlande [InFine 2011]
  24. Lisa Hannigan – Passenger [ATO Records 2011]
  25. Lenny KravitzBlack And White America [Atlantic Records 2011]
American Legacies
The Game You Play is in Your Head, Parts 1, 2, & 3
Top Ranking Albums of September 2011

Top Ranking Albums of December 2010

Happy Talk
  1. Kermit Ruffins Happy Talk [Basin Street 2010]
  2. Various Artists – Strictly The Best Vol. 42 [VP Records 2010]
  3. Cee LoThe Lady Killer [Elektra 2010]
  4. David RodiganFabricLive 54 [Fabric 2010]
  5. Gyptian Hold You [Ministry of Sound 2010]
  6. Sly & RobbieOne Pop Reggae [Taxi 2010]
  7. Various Artists Strictly The Best Vol. 43 [VP Records 2010]
  8. The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt [Dead Oceans 2010]
  9. Various Artists – The Electricity Riddim [Tiger Records 2010]
  10. Buke and Gass Riposte [Brassland 2010]
  11. Lee “Scratch” PerryRevelation [State of Emergency 2010]
  12. Raul MaloSinners & Saints [Fantasy Records 2010]
  13. Sufjan StevensThe Age of Adz [Asthmatic Kitty 2010]

Strictly The Best Vol. 43

Top Ranking Albums of December 2010

Denton Arts & Jazz Festival in Denton, Texas

Today I attended the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival in Denton, Texas. The location of the festival is a couple of blocks from the downtown square in Denton. This spot was originally an African-American neighborhood called Quakertown. Today Quakertown is a park where the people of Denton celebrate art and jazz music on the greens of the park and its surrounding facilities.

Denton has become a center of art, jazz culture, and music, especially since the University of North Texas’s music and art schools excel at honing the talents of countless musicians and artists. In fact the music and art schools are the crown jewels at the university. At the UNT showcase stage aspiring eagles played for large audiences, and many UNT talents appeared on the main jazz stage, such as the UNT Faculty Band and the UNT One O’Clock Lab Band.

Early in the day I saw Fortified Funk playing some classic jazz tunes from the Wes Montgomerycatalog. The trombonist in this band was laying it down. After eating some festival food I caught a portion of Island Boogie banging on steel drums. Then I crossed the festival bridge to see Dave Zoller leading his tribute band to Duke Ellington.  I got to admit this was a highlight in the festival for me because I enjoy swing music from the big band era. Plus this tribute band was full of top-notch musicians, including a horn section with trombone, coronet, saxophone, and trumpets.

Then I flipped the script and saw the local indie rock band Oso Closo at the Bud Light Courtyard Stage. This was a talented band. Both guitarists also played keys, displaying their versatility. The bassist sang, and so did the two guitarists. And all three vocalists sang together. The guitar work was good and the vocal harmonies very nice.

Later in the evening I saw contemporary jazz artist Tom Braxton. The saxophonist is a smooth jazz staple as seen in such songs as “Open Road.” The Dallas-based Braxton, actually from the Lubbock area, played several tracks from his album Endless Highway. I especially like his cover of the America song “Ventura Highway.”

The festival’s headliners Jimmie Vaughan and Lou Ann Barton brought the house down with some Classic Blues. Barton has played music with Jimmie Vaughan for a long time. In fact she toured with The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble. Jimmie played the SRV classic “Texas Flood.” Lou Ann Barton joined Jimmie Vaughan for some intensely soulful tunes and a rockin’ version of “Boom Bapa Boom.”

Denton Arts & Jazz Festival in Denton, Texas