Stuck for what musical goodies you should get this festive season? The Japan Timess called upon some industry experts, and our own elves, to pick the year’s best entertainment.

■ Best of 2007 index ■

Beikoku Ongaku recommends . . .

Ornette hits Blue Note Tokyo’s spot

From Nashville, Okinawa and L.A.

Miles Davis is now complete, Michael Brecker’s journey ends

Winehouse stays in trouble on DVD

Longhaired freaks read this

Sincere approach to Mozart’s sonatas

Drum for your life and bring the noise

Win a big bag of booty from the JT office

Let The Japan Times do your seasonal shopping for you! We have three copies of the double-DVD music documentary “Glastonbury” (distributed by Pony Canyon), directed by Julien Temple and featuring performances by Bjork, Radiohead, Coldplay, Primal Scream, The Chemical Brothers and David Bowie. We’re also giving away an M.I.A. T-shirt and a pile of this year’s best CDs (from Arctic Monkeys, Animal Collective, HiGE, UA, and more). To apply, send a postcard stating your name, address, telephone number, age and a comment on The Japan Times’ RE:MUSIC page to: Gakugei-bu, The Japan Times, 4-5-4 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0023. The deadline is Dec. 28.

Find even more gift-giving ideas in our Holiday Shopping Hints store where JT writers and staff choose the best and most noteworthy books, CDs and DVDs of 2007.

In line with COVID-19 guidelines, the government is strongly requesting that residents and visitors exercise caution if they choose to visit bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.

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