11th Annual Jazz Critics Poll: 2016

Ballot 2016

David Kunian (DownBeat, Offbeat, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, Louisiana State Museum)


  1. Noah Preminger, Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground (self-released)
  2. Jaimeo Brown Transcendence, Work Songs (Motéma)
  3. Magnetic Ear, Aliens of Extraordinary Ability (self-released)
  4. Nicole Mitchell-Tomeka Reid-Mike Reed, Artifacts (482 Music -15)
  5. Charlie Haden/Liberation Music Orchestra, Time/Life: Song for the Whales and Other Beings (Impulse!)
  6. Steve Lehman, Sélébéyone (Pi)
  7. Nolatet, Dogs (Royal Potato Family)
  8. Wadada Leo Smith, America's National Parks (Cuneiform)
  9. Cookers, The Call of the Wild and Peaceful Heart (Smoke Sessions)
  10. Herlin Riley, New Directions (Mack Avenue)


  1. Sun Ra, The Space Age Is Here to Stay (Modern Harmonic)
  2. Albert Ayler, Bells/Prophecy (ESP Disk)
  3. Sonny Sharrock, Ask the Ages (MOD Technologies)