11th Annual Jazz Critics Poll: 2016

Ballot 2016

Francis Davis (Esther Boyer School of Music and Dance, Temple University)


  1. Henry Threadgill Double Up Ensemble, Old Locks and Irregular Verbs (Pi)
  2. Charlie Haden/Liberation Music Orchestra, Time/Life: Song for the Whales and Other Beings (Impulse!)
  3. Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith, A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke (ECM)
  4. Sonny Rollins, Holding the Stage: Road Shows Vol. 4 (Doxy/OKeh)
  5. Aruán Ortiz, Hidden Voices (Intakt)
  6. Mary Halvorson, Away With You (Firehouse 12)
  7. Michael Formanek Ensemble Kolossus, The Distance (ECM)
  8. Michael Bisio & Kirk Knuffke, Row for William O (Relative Pitch)
  9. JD Allen, Americana (HighNote)
  10. Julian Lage, Arclight (Mack Avenue)


  1. Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, All My Yesterdays (Resonance)
  2. Bill Evans, Some Other Time (Resonance)
  3. Mahalia Jackson, Moving Up a Little Higher (Shanachee)