Just a quick note to all of my readers around the world. Thank you for visiting each day and for supporting my daily entries with emails and posted Comments. My passion is your passion, and while we may not always agree on what's great and worthy, I do try my best to turn you on to what I think is interesting, different and exciting. I also try to be as surprising as possible on a daily basis, since every day should start with a surprise.
As you may know, JazzWax began in August 2007 on a dare and has grown into something more than a blog. Friends call it a magazine. Others liken it to the writing version of a late-night radio show. Whatever JazzWax is now, I dig writing it each day and sharing with you the music that excites me.
A special thanks to Jon Foley, JazzWax's West Coast copy editor, who keeps me from too much embarrassment. Thanks to my Wall Street Journal editors and colleagues (you know who you are) who have allowed me to write about music for their sections and egged me on. Thanks to my book editor at the University of California Press for her understanding and encouragement. Thanks to Tom Lord of The Jazz Discography for doing such noble work. Thanks to those who email with fixes and corrections. And thanks to Ross Porter and Jazz.FM91—and to all of you who have sponsored JazzWax in one form or another over the past year.
Some of my year-end faves. Jim Fusilli, the Wall Street Journal's rock and pop critic [pictured], invited me to join a panel of music critics appearing on his WSJ.com video show last week to talk about favorite albums released in 2011. I spoke about the Deep Blue Organ Trio's Wonderful! and Sonny Rollins' Road Shows Vol. 2. Two more favorites that we didn't have time to cover: Giacomo Gates' The Revolution Will Be Jazz: The Songs of Gil Scott-Heron and John Daversa's Junk Wagon...