11th Annual Jazz Critics Poll: 2017

2017 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

Files at NPR, by Francis Davis:

The results file at NPR stops at 50 new albums, 10 for reissues/historical, 8 or less for the other lists. Complete results are here:

2017 Ballots by Voter

The 137 voter ballots are presented in batches of 20 ballots each:

The complete list of voting critics, with links to individual ballots, is here.


NPR's published results should be deemed official, but we're still double-checking everything and the definitive archival results here are still subject to change -- at least until this notice vanishes.


Voters were asked to submit choices for their top 10 new releases in descending order. Points were weighted by preference: 10 for 1st place, 9 for 2nd place, etc. Albums on unranked lists were awarded 5.5 points each.

Voters also submitted their top three reissues/historical recordings -- scored 3-2-1, or 2 each for unranked lists -- and their choices for the year's best vocal, debut and Latin jazz albums. To be eligible for reissues/historical, an album had to have no music recorded within the last ten years.

Critics were asked to refrain from voting for any CD in which they were directly involved as performer, producer, annotator, or in any capacity whatsoever.