11th Annual Jazz Critics Poll: 2016

Ballots 2016 [3]

Phil Freeman (Burning Ambulance, The Wire)

NEW RELEASES

  1. JD Allen, Americana (HighNote)
  2. Black Bombaim and Peter Brotzmann (Shhpuma)
  3. Michael Formanek Ensemble Kolossus, The Distance (ECM)
  4. Donny McCaslin, Beyond Now (Motéma)
  5. John Raymond, Real Feels (Shifting Paradigm)
  6. Freddie Hendrix, Jersey Cat (Sunnyside)
  7. Jeremy Pelt, jiveculture (HighNote)
  8. Tyshawn Sorey, The Inner Spectrum of Variables (Pi)
  9. Battle Trance, Blade of Love (New Amsterdam)
  10. Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith, A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke (ECM)

REISSUES

  1. various, Classic Savoy Be-Bop Sessions 1945-49 (Mosaic)
  2. Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, All My Yesterdays (Resonance)
  3. Sonny Rollins/Horace Silver, Zurich 1959 (TCB)

VOCAL

DEBUT

LATIN

David Fricke (Rolling Stone, Mojo, The Writer's Block on Sirius XM Radio)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Nels Cline, Lovers (Blue Note)
  2. Wadada Leo Smith, America's National Parks (Cuneiform)
  3. Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau, Nearness (Nonesuch)
  4. Bad Plus, It's Hard (Okeh)
  5. Noah Preminger, Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground (self-released)
  6. Masabumi Kikuchi, Black Orpheus (ECM)
  7. Frank Kimbrough, Solstice (Pirouet)
  8. Norah Jones, Day Breaks (Blue Note)
  9. Jonathan Finlayson, Moving Still (Pi)
  10. Donny McCaslin, Beyond Now (Motéma)

REISSUES

  1. Joe Lovano, Classic! Live at Newport (Blue Note)
  2. Herbie Mann, Live at the Whisky 1969: The Unreleased Masters (Real Gone)
  3. Erroll Garner, Ready Take One (Octave/Legacy)

VOCAL

DEBUT

LATIN

Patrick Frisco (WHFR-FM [Dearborn/Detroit, MI])

NEW RELEASES

  1. Steve Swell, Soul Travelers (Rogue Art)
  2. David Murray-Geri Allen-Teri Lyn Carrington, Perfection (Motéma)
  3. Jason Roebke, Cinema Spiral (No Business)
  4. Generations Quartet, Flow (Not Two)
  5. I.P.A., I Just Did Say Something (Cuneiform)
  6. Bobby Kapp & Matthew Shipp, Cactus (Northern Spy)
  7. Nicole Mitchell Black Earth Ensemble & Ensemble Laborintus, Moments of Fatherhood (RogueArt)
  8. Uwe Oberg & Silke Eberhard, Turns (Leo)
  9. Billy Hart & WDR Big Band, The Broader Picture (Enja/Yellowbird)
  10. Denny Zeitlin, Early Wayne (Sunnyside)

REISSUES

  1. Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Withdrawal (Emanem)
  2. Don Cherry-John Tchicai-Irène Schweizer-Léon Francioli-Pierre Favre, Musical Monsters: Willisau Concert (Intakt)
  3. Peter Kuhn, No Coming No Going (Living Right) (No Business)

VOCAL

DEBUT

LATIN

Jon Garelick (Boston Globe, The Arts Fuse, Jazziz, DownBeat)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Real Enemies (New Amsterdam)
  2. Michael Formanek Ensemble Kolossus, The Distance (ECM)
  3. Charles Lloyd, I Long to See You (Blue Note)
  4. Nels Cline, Lovers (Blue Note)
  5. Melissa Aldana, Back Home (Wommusic)
  6. Jon Lundbom, 2016: EPs: Make the Magic Happen/Play All the Notes/Bring Their 'A' Game/Make the Changes (Hot Cup)
  7. Eric Hofbauer, Prehistoric Jazz Volume 3: Three Places in New England (Creative Nation Music)
  8. Ches Smith, The Bell (ECM)
  9. Noah Preminger, Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground (self-released)
  10. Aruán Ortiz, Hidden Voices (Intakt)

REISSUES

VOCAL

DEBUT

LATIN

Richard Gehr (Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Relix)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Charles Lloyd, I Long to See You (Blue Note)
  2. Nik Bärtsch Mobile, Continuum (ECM)
  3. Cuong Vu & Pat Metheny, Meets (Nonesuch)
  4. David Bowie, Black Star (ISO/Columbia)
  5. Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Real Enemies (New Amsterdam)
  6. Julian Lage, Arclight (Mack Avenue)
  7. David Fiuczinski, Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian MicroJam! (RareNoise)
  8. Nate Wooley, Argonautica (Firehouse 12)
  9. Amirtha Kidambi & Elder Ones, Holy Science (Northern Spy)
  10. Cory Henry, Live in Brooklyn (Groundup)

REISSUES

  1. John Abercrombie, The First Quartet (ECM)
  2. Weather Report, The Legendary Tapes (Legacy)
  3. Sonny Sharrock, Ask the Ages (MOD Technologies)

VOCAL

DEBUT

LATIN

Andrew Gilbert (Bay Area News Group, San Francisco Chronicle)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Tom Harrell, Something Gold, Something Blue (HighNote)
  2. Matt Wilson's Big Happy Family, Beginning of a Memory (Palmetto)
  3. JD Allen, Americana (HighNote)
  4. Andrew Cyrille & Bill McHenry, Proximity (Sunnyside)
  5. George Coleman, A Master Speaks (Smoke Sessions)
  6. Myra Melford & Ben Goldberg, Dialogue (BAG)
  7. Fred Hersch, Sunday Night at the Vanguard (Palmetto)
  8. Jessica Jones, Moxie (New Artists)
  9. Ken Peplowski, Enrapture (Capri)
  10. Ratatet, Arctic (Ridgeway)

REISSUES

  1. Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, All My Yesterdays (Resonance)
  2. Shirley Horn, Live at the Four Queens Live (Resonance)
  3. Larry Young, In Paris: The ORTF Recordings (Resonance)

VOCAL

DEBUT

LATIN

Ted Gioia (How to Listen to Jazz)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Jack DeJohnette-Matt Garrison-Ravi Coltrane, In Movement (ECM)
  2. George Coleman, A Master Speaks (Smoke Sessions)
  3. Markus Stockhausen & Florian Weber, Alba (ECM)
  4. Brad Mehldau, Blues and Ballads (Nonesuch)
  5. Fred Hersch, Sunday Night at the Vanguard (Palmetto)
  6. Nik Bärtsch Mobile, Continuum (ECM)
  7. Craig Hartley, Books on Tape Vol. 2 (Skidoo)
  8. Bill Charlap, Notes From New York (Impulse!)
  9. Charles Lloyd, I Long to See You (Blue Note)
  10. Melissa Aldana, Back Home (Wommusic)

REISSUES

VOCAL

DEBUT

LATIN

Steve Greenlee (JazzTimes)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Jane Ira Bloom, Early Americans (Outline)
  2. Mette Henriette, Mette Henriette (ECM -15)
  3. The Delegation, Evergreen (Canceled World) (ESP-Disk)
  4. Delfeayo Marsalis, Make American Great Again! (Troubadour Jass)
  5. Craig Hartley, Books on Tape Vol. 2 (Skidoo)
  6. Andrew Cyrille, The Declaration of Musical Independence (ECM)
  7. Wadada Leo Smith, America's National Parks (Cuneiform)
  8. Richard Sussman, Evolution Suite (Zoho)
  9. Matt Wilson's Big Happy Family, Beginning of a Memory (Palmetto)
  10. JD Allen, Americana (HighNote)

REISSUES

  1. John Abercrombie, The First Quartet (ECM)
  2. Sonny Sharrock, Ask the Ages (MOD Technologies)
  3. David S. Ware & Matthew Shipp, Live in Sant'Anna Arresi 2004 (AUM Fidelity)

VOCAL

DEBUT

LATIN

George Grella (The Brooklyn Rail, The Big City Blog)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Kris Davis, Duopoly (Pyroclastic)
  2. James Brandon Lewis, No Filter (BNS Sessions)
  3. Brian Charette, Once & Future (Posi-Tone)
  4. Mary Halvorson, Away With You (Firehouse 12)
  5. Ches Smith, The Bell (ECM)
  6. Eric Revis, Crowded Solitudes (Clean Feed)
  7. Henry Threadgill Double Up Ensemble, Old Locks and Irregular Verbs (Pi)
  8. Ross Hammond & Sameer Gupta, Upward (Big Weezus)
  9. Robin Eubanks Mass Line Big Band, More Than Meets the Ear (ArtistShare -15)
  10. Jaimeo Brown Transcendence, Work Songs (Motéma)

REISSUES

  1. Miles Davis, Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5 (Columbia Legacy)
  2. Peter Erskine, As It Was (ECM)
  3. Arthur Blythe, Lennox Avenue Breakdown/In the Tradition/Bush Baby/Blythe Spirit (BGO)

VOCAL

DEBUT

LATIN

NEW RELEASES

  1. David Murray-Geri Allen-Teri Lyn Carrington, Perfection (Motéma)
  2. Michael Formanek Ensemble Kolossus, The Distance (ECM)
  3. Steve Lehman, Sélébéyone (Pi)
  4. Mary Halvorson, Away With You (Firehouse 12)
  5. Greg Ward & 10 Tongues, Touch My Beloved's Thought (Greenleaf)
  6. Dave Douglas & Frank Woeste, Dada People (Greenleaf)
  7. Henry Threadgill Double Up Ensemble, Old Locks and Irregular Verbs (Pi)
  8. Richard Poole-Marilyn Crispell-Gary Peacock, In Motion (Intakt)
  9. Aruán Ortiz, Hidden Voices (Intakt)
  10. Sonny Rollins, Holding the Stage: Road Shows Vol. 4 (Doxy/OKeh)

REISSUES

  1. David S. Ware & Matthew Shipp, Live in Sant'Anna Arresi 2004 (AUM Fidelity)
  2. Bill Evans, Some Other Time (Resonance)
  3. Miles Davis, Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5 (Columbia Legacy)

VOCAL

DEBUT

LATIN

Evan Haga (JazzTimes)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Jack DeJohnette-Matt Garrison-Ravi Coltrane, In Movement (ECM)
  2. Charles Lloyd, I Long to See You (Blue Note)
  3. Robert Glasper Experiment, ArtScience (Blue Note)
  4. Julian Lage, Arclight (Mack Avenue)
  5. Sonny Rollins, Holding the Stage: Road Shows Vol. 4 (Doxy/OKeh)
  6. Henry Threadgill Double Up Ensemble, Old Locks and Irregular Verbs (Pi)
  7. Esperanza Spalding, Emily's D+Evolution (Concord)
  8. Donny McCaslin, Beyond Now (Motéma)
  9. Marquis Hill, The Way We Play (Concord Jazz)
  10. Nels Cline, Lovers (Blue Note)

REISSUES

  1. Bill Evans, Some Other Time (Resonance)
  2. Larry Young, In Paris: The ORTF Recordings (Resonance)
  3. Miles Davis, Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5 (Columbia Legacy)

VOCAL

DEBUT

LATIN

James Hale (DownBeat, SoundStageXperience.com)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Nels Cline, Lovers (Blue Note)
  2. David Bowie, Black Star (ISO/Columbia)
  3. Roberto Fonseca, ABUC (Impulse!)
  4. Matt Wilson's Big Happy Family, Beginning of a Memory (Palmetto)
  5. Wolfgang Muthspiel, Rising Grace (ECM)
  6. Esperanza Spalding, Emily's D+Evolution (Concord)
  7. Wadada Leo Smith, America's National Parks (Cuneiform)
  8. David Murray-Geri Allen-Teri Lyn Carrington, Perfection (Motéma)
  9. Guillermo Klein, Los Gauchos V (Sunnyside)
  10. Ralph Alessi, Quiver (ECM)

REISSUES

  1. Keith Jarrett, A Multitude of Angels (ECM)
  2. Miles Davis, Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5 (Columbia Legacy)
  3. Peter Erskine, As It Was (ECM)

VOCAL

DEBUT

LATIN

Robert Ham (Paste, Pitchfork, Bandcamp)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, The Abyssinian Mass (Blue Engine)
  2. Wadada Leo Smith, America's National Parks (Cuneiform)
  3. Dave Douglas & Frank Woeste, Dada People (Greenleaf)
  4. Andrew Cyrille, The Declaration of Musical Independence (ECM)
  5. Moppa Elliott, Still, Up in the Air (Hot Cup)
  6. Ches Smith, The Bell (ECM)
  7. Rob Mazurek & Emmett Kelly, Alien Flower Sutra (International Anthem)
  8. Anna Webber's Simple Trio, Binary (Skirl)
  9. Claudia Quintet, Super Petite (Cuneiform)
  10. Tyshawn Sorey, The Inner Spectrum of Variables (Pi)

REISSUES

  1. Bill Evans, Some Other Time (Resonance)
  2. Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, All My Yesterdays (Resonance)
  3. Sam Rivers, Fuchsia Swing Song (Blue Note)

VOCAL

DEBUT

LATIN

Chris Heim (KMUW-FM, Global Village)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Charles Lloyd, I Long to See You (Blue Note)
  2. Brad Mehldau, Blues and Ballads (Nonesuch)
  3. Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom, Otis Was a Polar Bear (Royal Potato Family)
  4. Hristo Vitchev, In Search of Wonders (First Orbit)
  5. Nels Cline, Lovers (Blue Note)
  6. Herlin Riley, New Directions (Mack Avenue)
  7. Jack DeJohnette-Matt Garrison-Ravi Coltrane, In Movement (ECM)
  8. George Coleman, A Master Speaks (Smoke Sessions)
  9. Ed Cherry, Soul Tree (Posi-Tone)
  10. Chico Freeman, Spoken Into Existence (Jive Music)

REISSUES

  1. Shirley Horn, Live at the Four Queens Live (Resonance)
  2. Bill Evans, Some Other Time (Resonance)
  3. Erroll Garner, Ready Take One (Octave/Legacy)

VOCAL

DEBUT

LATIN

Alex Henderson (New York City Jazz Record, AlterNet, Salon, The Raw Story, XBIZ World, XBIZ Premiere, Jazz Inside)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Freddy Cole, He Was the King (HighNote)
  2. Bad Plus, It's Hard (Okeh)
  3. Ken Peplowski, Enrapture (Capri)
  4. Yellowjackets, Cohearance (Mack Avenue)
  5. Richie Cole, Plays Ballads and Love Songs (Mark Perna)
  6. Gabriel Espinosa, Songs of Bacharach and Manzanero (Zoho Music)
  7. Jane Ira Bloom, Early Americans (Outline)
  8. Nana Simopoulos, Skins (Na)
  9. George Cables, The George Cables Songbook (HighNote)
  10. Nancy Harms, Ellington at Night (Gazelle)

REISSUES

VOCAL

DEBUT

LATIN

Andrey Henkin (New York City Jazz Record)

NEW RELEASES (listed alphabetically; 5.5 points each)

REISSUES (listed alphabetically; 2 points each)

VOCAL

DEBUT

LATIN

Geoffrey Himes (Washington Post, JazzTimes, DownBeat, Paste)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Charles Lloyd, I Long to See You (Blue Note)
  2. Jonathan Finlayson, Moving Still (Pi)
  3. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Stretch Music -15 (Ropeadope)
  4. Gregory Porter, Take Me to the Alley (Blue Note)
  5. David Murray-Geri Allen-Teri Lyn Carrington, Perfection (Motéma)
  6. John Scofield, Country for Old Men (Impulse!)
  7. Franklin Kiermyer, Closer to the Sun (Mobility)
  8. Henry Threadgill Double Up Ensemble, Old Locks and Irregular Verbs (Pi)
  9. SFJazz Collective, The Music of Michael Jackson and Original Compositions (SFJazz)
  10. Warren Wolf, Convergence (Mack Avenue)

REISSUES

  1. Van Morrison, It's Too Late To Stop Now . . . Volumes II, III, IV & DVD (Exile/Legacy)
  2. Bill Evans, Some Other Time (Resonance)
  3. various, The Savory Collection, Volume 1: Body and Soul: Coleman Hawkins & Friends (Apple Music)

VOCAL

DEBUT

LATIN

Eugene Holley, Jr. (DownBeat, Publishers Weekly, Hot House)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Herlin Riley, New Directions (Mack Avenue)
  2. Etienne Charles, San Jose Suite (Culture Shock)
  3. Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, The Abyssinian Mass (Blue Engine)
  4. Kenny Garrett, Do Your Dance (Mack Avenue)
  5. Marcus Strickland, Nihil Novi (Blue Note)
  6. Wallace Roney, A Place in Time (HighNote)
  7. Denny Zeitlin, Early Wayne (Sunnyside)
  8. Brahja Waldman, Wisdomatic (CDBaby)
  9. Jaimeo Brown Transcendence, Work Songs (Motéma)
  10. David Murray-Geri Allen-Teri Lyn Carrington, Perfection (Motéma)

REISSUES

  1. Miles Davis, Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5 (Columbia Legacy)
  2. Erroll Garner, Ready Take One (Octave/Legacy)
  3. Bill Evans, Some Other Time (Resonance)

VOCAL

DEBUT

LATIN

Larry Hollis (Cadence)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Tom Harrell, Something Gold, Something Blue (HighNote)
  2. One for All, The Third Decade (Smoke Sessions)
  3. Mike LeDonne, That Feelin' (Savant)
  4. Bill Charlap, Notes From New York (Impulse!)
  5. Heads of State, Search for Peace (Smoke Sessions -15)
  6. Eric Alexander, Second Impression (HighNote)
  7. Stryker/Slagle Band Expanded, Routes (Strikezone)
  8. Walt Weiskopf, The Way You Say It (Posi-Tone)
  9. Andy Fusco, Whirlwind (SteepleChase)
  10. Steve Turre, Colors for the Masters (Smoke Sessions)

REISSUES

  1. Freddie Hubbard, The Hub of Hubbard (MPS)
  2. Blue Mitchell & Sonny Red, Baltimore 1966 (Uptown)
  3. Art Pepper & Warne Marsh, Unreleased Art: Volume 9: Art Pepper & Warne Marsh at Donte's April 26, 1974 (Widow's Taste)

VOCAL

DEBUT

LATIN

Mark Holston (Jazziz, Latino)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Michael Spiro & Wayne Wallace, Canto America (Patois)
  2. Antonio Adolfo, Tropical Infinito (AAM)
  3. Camille Bertault, En Vie (Sunnyside)
  4. Phronesis, Parallax (Edition)
  5. Tomás Fraga, Influencias (Acqua)
  6. Victor Rendón & Bronx Conexión Latin-Jazz Big Band, True Flight (Tortilla Flat)
  7. Edward Simon, Latin American Songbook (Sunnyside)
  8. Little Johnny Rivero, Music in Me (Truth Revolution)
  9. Tim Ray, Windows (Whaling City Sound)
  10. George Delancey, George Delancey (self-released)

REISSUES

VOCAL

DEBUT

LATIN