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So this is my 2nd full year of retreat and reprieve after 18 consecutive years of reviewing via a variety of websites over the decades. Continuing to be lean on how many reviews I committed to has resulted in being totally caught up as I enter 2019 as well as a very concise and strong Top Ten. In fact I was almost tempted to pick a tie for the top 2 but that would be counter culture to our American way of life.

So after being torn on my decision, 2018 ended in a photo finish with long time delightful pianist Paul Cardall’s and his sensational Christmas offering taking the number 1 honor. With the production assistance of Jim Daneker, that makes two consecutive years of Mr. Daneker winning or being associated with the top pick of the year. Quite impressive!!!

I would especially like to recognize Jennifer Thomas and Contante & Sonante who also released spectacular records. But also all the artists and labels, thank you for willing to risk a critique and also spend part of your promotional budget by investing in a review. This will always be considered an honor and a privilege even as I close in on 2 decades of reviewing.
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Cover image of the album Christmas by Paul Cardall
Paul Cardall
2018
Review by Michael Debbage
Holiday AlbumsHoliday Albums: 2018Michael's Picks
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Cover image of the album The Fire Within by Jennifer Thomas
Jennifer Thomas
2018
Review by Michael Debbage
Michael's Picks
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Cover image of the album Brave New World by GIG
GIG
2018
Review by Michael Debbage
Debut AlbumsMichael's Picks
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Cover image of the album Original Demos by Warren Wiebe
Warren Wiebe
2018
Review by Michael Debbage
Michael's Picks
6
Cover image of the album After The Rain by Neil Tatar
Neil Tatar
2017
Review by Michael Debbage
Michael's Picks
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Cover image of the album The Magic Of Christmas by Philip Wesley
Philip Wesley
2018
Review by Michael Debbage
Holiday AlbumsHoliday Albums: 2018Michael's Picks
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Cover image of the album Moonlight in Empty Rooms by Heidi Breyer
Heidi Breyer
2018
Review by Michael Debbage
Michael's PicksZMR Winner
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Cover image of the album Carpe Noctem by Peter Calandra
Peter Calandra
2018
Review by Michael Debbage
Michael's Picks
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Cover image of the album Remembrance by Jim Wilson
Jim Wilson
2018
Review by Michael Debbage
Michael's Picks