Ted Gioia
Honorable Mention

Florencio Asenjo   
The Batrachomyomachia   Contemporary classical        
Rory Block   Shake ' Em on Down   Blues          
Ron Carter   Ron Carter's Great Big Band   Jazz      
Gerald Clayton   Bond: The Paris Sessions   Jazz    
François Couturier   Tarkovsky Quartet   Jazz            
The Creole Choir of Cuba  Tande-La   World music                          
Kurt Elling   The Gate   Jazz     
Paul Geremia   Love My Stuff   Blues     
Stefon Harris   Ninety Miles   Jazz            
Joel Harrison   The Music of Paul Motian   Jazz  
itsnotyouitsme   Everybody's Pain is Magnificent   Electronica-Ambient                            
Ben Johnston   String Quartets 1, 5 & 10   Contemporary classical                
Robert Earl Keen   Ready for Confetti   Country   
Alison Kraus and Union Station   Paper Airplane   Bluegrass / pop      
Shelby Lynne   Revelation Road   Singer-songwriter      
Donny McCaslin   Perpetual Moon   Jazz              
Mike Patton   The Solitude of Prime Numbers   Soundtrack                
Austin Peralta   Endless Planets   Jazz                
Robert Quinney   Bach: Trio Sonatas for Organ   Classical               
Erwin Schrott   Rojotango   Classically-tinged world music      
Pedro Soler & Gaspar Claus   Barlande   World music                
Smith Westerns   Dye it Blonde   Indie Rock    
Various Artists   Miles Español: New Sketches of Spain   Latin jazz           
Tom Waits   Bad as Me   Singer-songwriter   
Warrior King   Tell Me How Me Sound   Reggae                                   
The 100 Best Albums of 2011: Honorable Mention

I try to listen to new music every day, and have made this a part of my daily routine for many years.  I'm not
sure how many new CDs I heard during the course of 2011, but on some days I listened to four or more
albums in their entirety, and a typical week would find me checking out 15-20 new releases.  As is my
standard practice, I ranged widely over various styles and genres.  

I am impressed by how much outstanding music is recorded nowadays, but I am equally struck by how well
hidden it is.   More than at any time in my life, the best music is hard to find.  You will almost never hear it
on the radio, and increasingly it is not even on the radar screens of the major labels.  The record stores,
where fans once learned about important new releases, have mostly gone out of business.  

For that reason, I am sharing a more complete listing of my favorite albums this year.  In a world in which
the best music is hidden from view, personal recommendation and word-of-mouth b
ecome the main
for discovering exciting new sounds.  I present this large list as a guide to those who are looking
for inspiring, intelligent and mind-expanding music, and want some guidance from someone who sifts
through the many new releases looking for the cream of the crop.

In a few days, I will begin posting my selections for the 100 best CDs of 2011.  In the meantime, below is
my list of the 25 honorable mentions.

Ted Gioia