11th Annual Jazz Critics Poll: 2017

Ballot 2017

David Brent Johnson (Jazz Director and Night Lights host, WFIU [Bloomington, IN])


  1. Roscoe Mitchell, Bells for the South Side (ECM)
  2. Chick Corea, The Musician (Stretch/Concord)
  3. Ambrose Akinmusire, A Rift In Decorum: Live at the Village Vanguard (Blue Note)
  4. Christian McBride Big Band, Bringin' It (Mack Avenue)
  5. Liberation Music Collective, Rebel Portraiture (Ad Astrum)
  6. Jane Ira Bloom, Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson (Outline)
  7. Matt Wilson, Matt Wilson's Honey and Salt (Palmetto)
  8. Louis Hayes, Serenade for Horace (Blue Note)
  9. various, The Passion of Charlie Parker (Impulse)
  10. Cécile McLorin Salvant, Dreams and Daggers (Mack Avenue)


  1. Sonny Clark Trio, The 1960 Sessions (Tompkins Square)
  2. Jaco Pastorius, Truth, Liberty & Soul (Resonance)
  3. Ornette Coleman, Ornette at 12/Crisis (Real Gone)