7th Annual Jazz Critics Poll: 2012

Ballots 2012 [6]

W. Royal Stokes (JJA News, Jazz House)

NEW RELEASES (listed alphabetically; 5.5 points each)

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Mark Stryker (Detroit Free Press)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Sam Rivers-Dave Holland-Barry Altschul, Reunion: Live in New York (Pi)
  2. Branford Marsalis, Four MFs Playin' Tunes (Marsalis Music)
  3. Kenny Garrett, Seeds From the Underground (Mack Avenue)
  4. Ryan Truesdell, Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans (ArtistShare)
  5. Wes Montgomery, Echoes of Indiana Avenue (Resonance)
  6. Billy Hart, All Our Reasons (ECM)
  7. Vijay Iyer, Accelerando (ACT)
  8. Peter Bernstein-Larry Goldings-Bill Stewart, Live at Smalls (Smalls Live)
  9. Wadada Leo Smith, Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform)
  10. Joe Chambers, Moving Pictures Orchestra (Savant)

REISSUES

  1. Coleman Hawkins, Classic Sessions 1922-1947 (Mosaic)
  2. Weather Report, The Complete Columbia Albums, 1971-1975 (Columbia/Legacy)
  3. Frank Wess & Johnny Coles, Two at the Top (Uptown)

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John Szwed (Center for Jazz Studies, Columbia University; Wire)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Michael Formanek, Small Places (ECM)
  2. Bill Evans, Live at Art D'Lugoff's Top of the Gate (Resonance)
  3. Cecil Taylor, Almeda (To Matie) (FMP)
  4. Sam Rivers-Dave Holland-Barry Altschul, Reunion: Live in New York (Pi)
  5. William Parker, Essence of Ellington (AUM Fidelity)
  6. Ted Nash, The Creep (Plastic Sax)
  7. Wadada Leo Smith, Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform)
  8. Ron Miles, Quiver (Enja/Yellowbird)
  9. Angela Sanchez, Wires & Moss (Clean Feed)
  10. Orrin Evans, Flip the Script (Posi-Tone)

REISSUES

  1. Charles Mingus, The Jazz Workshop Concerts: 1964-65 (Mosaic)
  2. Joe Harriott, The Joe Harriott Story (Proper)
  3. Ornette Coleman, The Music of Ornette Coleman/Skies of America (BGO)

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Jeff Tamarkin (JazzTimes)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Christian Scott, Christian aTunde Adjuah (Concord)
  2. Ryan Truesdell, Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans (ArtistShare)
  3. Orrin Evans, Flip the Script (Posi-Tone)
  4. Branford Marsalis, Four MFs Playin' Tunes (Marsalis Music)
  5. Vijay Iyer, Accelerando (ACT)
  6. Tim Berne, Snakeoil (ECM)
  7. Ravi Coltrane, Spirit Fiction (Blue Note)
  8. Kurt Elling, 1619 Broadway (Concord)
  9. Anat Cohen, Claroscuro (Anzic)
  10. Rob Mazurek, Stellar Pulsations (Delmark)

REISSUES

  1. Tito Puente, Quatro: The Definitive Collection (Sony)
  2. Charles Mingus, The Complete Columbia & RCA Albums Collection (Columbia/RCA/Legacy)
  3. Clifford Brown, The EmArcy Master Takes, Vol. 2: The Singers Sessions (Hip-O Select)

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Derek Taylor (Dusted)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Wadada Leo Smith, Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform)
  2. Sam Rivers-Dave Holland-Barry Altschul, Reunion: Live in New York (Pi)
  3. Stephen Riley, Hart-beat (Steeplechase)
  4. Michael Attias, Spun Tree (Clean Feed)
  5. Joe Morris-William Parker-Gerald Cleaver, Altitude (AUM Fidelity)
  6. JD Allen, The Matador and the Bull (Savant)
  7. Kirk Knuffke & Ted Brown, Pound Cake (Steeplechase)
  8. Trio X, Live on Tour 2010 (CIMPol)
  9. , Going All Fancy (Eremite)
  10. Wilbur Ware, Super Bass (Wilbur Ware Institute)

REISSUES

  1. Hal Russell, NRG Ensemble (Nessa)
  2. Joe McPhee, Variations on a Blue Line/'Round Midnight (Corbett vs. Dempsey)
  3. Don Pullen, The Complete Remastered Black Saint Recordings (Black Saint)

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Neil Tesser (ChicagoMusic.org, Jazziz, Examiner.com)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Scott Robinson, Bronze Nemesis (ScienSonic)
  2. Vijay Iyer, Accelerando (ACT)
  3. Keith Jarrett-Jan Garbarek-Palle Danielsson-Jon Christensen, Sleeper (ECM)
  4. Clare Fischer, Ritmo! (Clavo)
  5. Ryan Truesdell, Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans (ArtistShare)
  6. Ray Anderson, Sweet Chicago Suite (Intuition)
  7. Matthew Shipp, Elastic Aspects (Thirsty Ear)
  8. Chano Dominguez, Flamenco Sketches (Blue Note)
  9. Avishai Cohen, Triveni II (Anzic)
  10. Ahmad Jamal, Blue Moon (JazzVillage)

REISSUES

  1. Sun Ra, The Eternal Myth Revealed, v. 1 (Transparency)
  2. Hal Russell, NRG Ensemble (Nessa)
  3. Charles Mingus, The Jazz Workshop Concerts: 1964-65 (Mosaic)

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Michael Ullman (Fanfare, Arts Fuse)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Don Byron, Love, Peace, and Soul (Savoy Jazz)
  2. Chick Corea & Gary Burton, Hot House (Concord)
  3. Wadada Leo Smith, Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform)
  4. Fred Hersch, Alive at the Village Vanguard (Palmetto)
  5. Marc Johnson & Eliane Elias, Swept Away (ECM)
  6. Bad Plus, Made Possible (Entertainment One)
  7. Bruno Raberg & Phil Grenadier, Plunge (Orbis Music)
  8. Ari Hoenig, Lines of Oppression (NJ)
  9. Medeski, Martin & Wood, Free Magic (Indirecto)
  10. Dave Douglas, Be Still (Greenleaf)

REISSUES

  1. Coleman Hawkins, Classic Sessions 1922-1947 (Mosaic)
  2. The Quintet/The Trio, Massey Hall, Toronto, May 1953 (Pristine Audio)
  3. Charles Mingus, The Complete Columbia & RCA Albums Collection (Columbia/RCA/Legacy)

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Ludwig Van Trikt (Cadence)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Jeremy Pelt, Soul (High Note)
  2. Ezra Weiss, Our Oath to This Moment (Roark)
  3. Jason Robinson, Tiresian Symmetry (Cuneiform)
  4. Larry Willis, This Time the Dream's on Me (High Note)
  5. Rob Mazurek, Stellar Pulsations (Delmark)
  6. Co Streiff & Russ Johnson, In Circles (Intakt)
  7. Amina Figarova, Twelve (In+Out)
  8. Steve Turre, Woody's Delight (HighNote)
  9. Hal Galper, Airegin Revisted (Origin)
  10. Jessica Jones & Mark Taylor, Live at the Freight (New Artists)

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George Varga (U-T San Diego, JazzTimes)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Vijay Iyer, Accelerando (ACT)
  2. Wadada Leo Smith, Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform)
  3. Ravi Coltrane, Spirit Fiction (Blue Note)
  4. Henry Threadgill, Tomorrow and Sunny/The Revelry, Spp (Pi)
  5. Brad Mehldau, Where Do You Start (Nonesuch)
  6. Linda Oh, Initial Here (Greenleaf)
  7. Kenny Garrett, Seeds From the Underground (Mack Avenue)
  8. Ahmad Jamal, Blue Moon (JazzVillage)
  9. Mike Wofford & Holly Hofmann, Turn Signal (Capri)
  10. Pat Metheny, Unity Band (Nonesuch)

REISSUES

  1. Charles Mingus, The Complete Columbia & RCA Albums Collection (Columbia/RCA/Legacy)
  2. Louis Armstrong, Satchmo at the National Press Club: Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours (Smithsonian Folkways)
  3. Thelonious Monk, The Complete Columbia Studio Albums Collection (Columbia/Legacy)

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Seth Colter Walls (Rhapsody, New Yorker Cultural Blog)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Wadada Leo Smith, Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform)
  2. Henry Threadgill, Tomorrow and Sunny/The Revelry, Spp (Pi)
  3. Vijay Iyer, Accelerando (ACT)
  4. Tim Berne, Snakeoil (ECM)
  5. Steve Lehman, Dialect Fluorescent (Pi)
  6. Robert Glasper, Black Radio (Blue Note)
  7. Branford Marsalis, Four MFs Playin' Tunes (Marsalis Music)
  8. Bad Plus, Made Possible (Entertainment One)
  9. Ravi Coltrane, Spirit Fiction (Blue Note)
  10. Sam Rivers-Dave Holland-Barry Altschul, Reunion: Live in New York (Pi)

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Ken Waxman (Jazz Word, The New York City Jazz Record)

NEW RELEASES

  1. , Genera (Songlines)
  2. Fred Ho & Quincy Saul, The Music of Cal Massey: A Tribute (Mutable)
  3. William Parker, Centering: Unreleased Early Recordings 1976-1987 (NoBusiness)
  4. Grutronic & Evan Parker, Together in Zero Space (psi)
  5. Frank Wright, Blues for Albert Ayler (ESP-Disk)
  6. Michel Doneda & Nils Ostendorf, Cristallisation (absinth)
  7. Josh Berman, There Now (Delmark)
  8. The Fish, Moon Fish (Clean Feed)
  9. MMM Quartet, Live at the Metz Arsenal (Leo)
  10. Michael Bates, Acrobat: Music for, and by, Dmitri Shostakovich (Sunnyside)

REISSUES

  1. Graham Collier, Relook: A Memorial 75th Birthday Celebration (Jazz Continuum)
  2. Steve Lacy, The Sun (Emanem)
  3. Marzette Watts & Company (ESP-Disk)

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Jason Weiss (Signal to Noise, Improjazz)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Roland Keijser & Raymond Strid, Yellow Bell (Umlaut)
  2. Wadada Leo Smith, Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform)
  3. Hafez Modirzadeh, Post-Chromodal Out (Pi)
  4. Mark Helias, Open Loose, Explicit (Marge)
  5. Trio Kazanchis, Amaratch Musica (Buda Musique)
  6. Hymas & the Bates Brothers, Blue Door (Nato)
  7. Sam Rivers-Dave Holland-Barry Altschul, Reunion: Live in New York (Pi)
  8. Rova Saxophone Quartet, A Short History (Jazzwerkstatt)
  9. Ivo Perelman & Sirius Quartet, The Passion According to G.H. (Leo)
  10. , Near the Oasis (Improvising Beings)

REISSUES

  1. ()
  2. Pharoah Sanders, In the Beginning 1963-64 (ESP-Disk)
  3. (Nato)

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Ken Weiss (Cadence, Jazz Inside)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Connie Crothers & David Arner, Spontaneous Suites for Two Pianos (RogueArt)
  2. Fred Hersch, Alive at the Village Vanguard (Palmetto)
  3. Sam Rivers-Dave Holland-Barry Altschul, Reunion: Live in New York (Pi)
  4. Federico Ughi, Songs for Four Cities (Skycap)
  5. Henry Threadgill, Tomorrow and Sunny/The Revelry, Spp (Pi)
  6. Ro Sham Beaux (Red Piano)
  7. Gato Libre, Forever (Libra)
  8. Jason Robinson, Tiresian Symmetry (Cuneiform)
  9. Michael Formanek, Small Places (ECM)
  10. Rich Halley, Back From Beyond (Pine Eagle)

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Jon Wertheim (The Disgruntled Jazz Critic, Nextbop.com)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Kurt Rosenwinkel, Star of Jupiter (Wommusic)
  2. JD Allen, The Matador and the Bull (Savant)
  3. Charlie Haden & Hank Jones, Come Sunday (Decca)
  4. Bad Plus, Made Possible (Entertainment One)
  5. Brad Mehldau, Where Do You Start (Nonesuch)
  6. Brad Mehldau, Ode (Nonesuch)
  7. Matt Wilson, An Attitude for Gratitude (Palmetto)
  8. Butch Warren, Butch's Blues (Butch Warren)
  9. Linda Oh, Initial Here (Greenleaf)
  10. Dave Douglas, Be Still (Greenleaf)

REISSUES

  1. Charlie Rouse/Dave Bailey, Yeah/We Paid Our Dues/Takin' Care Of Business/Gettin' Into Somethin' (Fresh Sound)
  2. Bobby Timmons, This Here Is Bobby Timmons/Easy Does It (Fresh Sound)
  3. Evans Bradshaw/Roosevelt Wardell, Look Out!/Pieces of Eighty-Eight/The Revelation (Fresh Sound)

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Michael J. West (Washington City Paper, JazzTimes)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Tia Fuller, Angelic Warrior (Mack Avenue)
  2. Theo Bleckmann, Hello Earth! (The Music of Kate Bush) (Winter & Winter)
  3. Robert Glasper, Black Radio (Blue Note)
  4. , Ninety Miles: Live at Cubadisco (Concord Picante)
  5. Sonic Liberation Front, Jetway Confidential (High Two)
  6. Jimmy Owens, The Monk Project (IPO)
  7. Kenny Garrett, Seeds From the Underground (Mack Avenue)
  8. Joe Locke & Geoffrey Keezer, Signing ()
  9. Vijay Iyer, Accelerando (ACT)
  10. Wadada Leo Smith, Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform)

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Kevin Whitehead (Fresh Air [NPR], Why Jazz?)

NEW RELEASES (listed alphabetically; 5.5 points each)

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Carlo Wolff (JazzTimes, Cleveland Jewish News)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Virginia Mayhew, Mary Lou Williams--The Next 100 Years (Renma)
  2. Sam Rivers-Dave Holland-Barry Altschul, Reunion: Live in New York (Pi)
  3. Burnt Sugar, All Ya Needs That Negrocity (Avant/Groidd)
  4. , Live (ECM)
  5. John Abercrombie, Within a Song (ECM)
  6. Floratone, II (Savoy Jazz)
  7. Donny McCaslin, Casting for Gravity (Greenleaf)
  8. Adam Glasser, Msanzi (Sunnyside)
  9. Peter Bernstein-Larry Goldings-Bill Stewart, Live at Smalls (Smalls Live)
  10. Jeremy Pelt, Soul (High Note)

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Josef Woodard (Downbeat, JazzTimes, Jazziz, Los Angeles Times)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Wadada Leo Smith, Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform)
  2. Esperanza Spalding, Radio Music Society (Heads Up)
  3. Ravi Coltrane, Spirit Fiction (Blue Note)
  4. Branford Marsalis, Four MFs Playin' Tunes (Marsalis Music)
  5. Pat Metheny, Unity Band (Nonesuch)
  6. Henry Threadgill, Tomorrow and Sunny/The Revelry, Spp (Pi)
  7. Vijay Iyer, Accelerando (ACT)
  8. Diana Krall, Glad Rag Doll (Verve)
  9. Dave Douglas, Be Still (Greenleaf)
  10. Brad Mehldau, Where Do You Start (Nonesuch)

REISSUES

  1. Eric Dolphy, Out to Lunch (Blue Note)
  2. Keith Jarrett, Mysteries/Shades (Impulse)
  3. Wayne Shorter, Speak No Evil (Blue Note)

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Scott Yanow (The Jazz Singers, Jazz on Record 1917-76)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Ryan Truesdell, Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans (ArtistShare)
  2. Return to Forever, The Mothership Returns (Eagle Entertainment)
  3. Kenny Garrett, Seeds From the Underground (Mack Avenue)
  4. Tia Fuller, Angelic Warrior (Mack Avenue)
  5. Jeff Barnhart, Reflections of Fats (Lake)
  6. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Rattle Them Bones (Savoy Jazz)
  7. James Morrison, Snappy Too (Morrison)
  8. Wes Montgomery, Echoes of Indiana Avenue (Resonance)
  9. Doug Webb, Swing Shift (Posi-Tone)
  10. Ted Nash, The Creep (Plastic Sax)

REISSUES

  1. Charles Mingus, The Jazz Workshop Concerts: 1964-65 (Mosaic)
  2. Preservation Hall Jazz Band, 50th Anniversary Collection (Columbia/Legacy)
  3. Duke Ellington, My People (Storyville)

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