Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

BLUE NOTES [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

BLUE NOTES [Derived Headline]

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Okay, it's 2012 already. But you knew that. 2011 was a pretty good year, if you don't count the economy, politics, and all the other crappy stuff, and just think about the great blues music you've heard and the good times you've had while you were listening and enjoying.

One of the things that the end of a year brings is the compulsion by people like me (bloggers, writers, journalists, etc.) to put the past year into some kind of "best" list. Or "worst" list. Since my personality tilts slightly toward the obsessively orderly side (Do you arrange the books in your bookcase so that they go from tall on one side then to short in the middle and then back to tall? I thought not.), I have my own lists.

One of them follows, and includes the blues CDs that I enjoyed most in the past year, picking from those that I wrote about. I certainly didn't hear anything close to all the albums released last year, but I think I got a fair sampling of the best.

Anyway, here's my list, in no particular order (I'm not that orderly. …

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