#1: In This Moment - Black Widow
#2: Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful
#3: Linkin Park - A Thousand Suns
#4: Tarja - What Lies Beneath
#5: Within Temptation - The Heart Of Everything
#6: Delain - The Human Contradiction
Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews three jazz books out this holiday season—a singer’s biography, a pianist’s autobiography, and a fat coffee table book. Whitehead says they’re all worth a look, though he has a couple of quibbles — and also a confession:
Another good but flawed book out now is the dictionary-sized “Blue Note Records, Uncompromising Expression,” celebrating the label’s 75th anniversary. It’s mostly an excuse to reproduce a lot of beautiful LP covers from the ’50s and ’60s, outtakes from album-cover photo shoots, and session photographs by label partner Frank Wolff. Richard Havers’s text is good on Blue Note’s early history and design sense, foggier on the ’60s, and awful on the ’80s. He doesn’t even tell us how Lee Morgan’s ’60s hit “The Sidewinder” kicked off a Blue Note trend: starting LPs with similar radio-friendly boogaloos.