13th Annual Jazz Critics Poll: 2018

Ballots 2018 [1]

Karl Ackerman (All About Jazz)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Amir ElSaffar/Rivers of Sound, Not Two (New Amsterdam -17)
  2. Susana Santos Silva, All the Rivers: Live at Panteão Nacional (Clean Feed)
  3. Arild Andersen, In-House Science (ECM)
  4. Matthew Shipp, Zero (ESP-Disk)
  5. Kira Kira, Bright Force (Libra)
  6. Aruán Ortiz Trio, Live in Zürich (Intakt)
  7. Kit Downes, Obsidian (ECM)
  8. Marcin Wasilewski Trio, Live (ECM)
  9. Lionel Loueke, Close Your Eyes (Newvelle)
  10. Adam Berenson-Scott Barnum-Eric Hofbauer, Introverted Cultures (Dream Play)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. Dexter Gordon Quartet, Espace Cardin 1977 (Elemental Music)
  2. Thelonioous Monk, Mønk (Gearbox)
  3. John Coltrane, Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!)

VOCAL

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Paul Acquaro (Free Jazz Collective)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Paul Rogers-Olaf Rupp-Frank Paul Schubert, Three Stories About Rain Sunlilght and the Hidden Soil (Relative Pitch)
  2. Duck Baker, Plays Monk (Triple Point)
  3. Momentum 2&3, Momentum 2&3 [Brüllt/Monster] (Audiographic -17)
  4. Henry Threadgill, Double Up, Plays Double Up Plus (Pi)
  5. Wendy Eisenberg, Its Shape Is Your Touch (Vin du Select Qualitite)
  6. Angelika Niescier Trio, The Berlin Concert (Intakt)
  7. Devin Gray, Dirigo Rataplan II (Rataplan)
  8. Jon Irabagon Quartet, Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics (Irabbagast)
  9. Ceramic Dog [Marc Ribot], YRU Still Here? (Northern Spy)
  10. Andrew Cyrille, Lebroba (ECM)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. Anthony Braxton, Sextet (Parker) 1993 (New Braxton House)
  2. Derek Bailey & Evan Parker, The London Concert (Otoroku)
  3. Peter Brötzmann Octet, Machine Gun (Cien Fuegos)

VOCAL

DEBUT

LATIN

Note: FD thinks Debut vote should should go to Eisenberg, combined with her other album this year, The Machinic Unconscious (Tzadik).

David R. Adler (JazzTimes)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Wayne Shorter Quartet, Emanon (Blue Note)
  2. Miguel Zenón, Yo Soy La Tradición (Miel)
  3. Cécile McLorin Salvant, The Window (Mack Avenue)
  4. Miles Okazaki, Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk, Vols. 1-6 (self-released)
  5. Esperanza Spalding, 12 Little Spells (Concord)
  6. Caroline Davis, Heart Tonic (Sunnyside)
  7. The Bad Plus, Never Stop II (Legbreaker)
  8. Dan Weiss, Starebaby (Pi)
  9. Robbie Lee & Mary Halvorson, Seed Triangular (New Amsterdam)
  10. Myra Melford's Snowy Egret, The Other Side of Air (Firehouse 12)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. John Coltrane, Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!)
  2. Charles Mingus, Jazz in Detroit/Strata Concert Gallery/46 Selden (BBE)
  3. Erroll Garner, Nightconcert (Mack Avenue)

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Michael J. Agovino (The Village Voice)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg, Dirt . . . and More Dirt (Pi)
  2. Makaya McCraven, Universal Beings (International Anthem)
  3. Dave Liebman-Tatsuya Nakatani-Adam Rudolph, The Unknowable (RareNoise)
  4. Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin, Ninety-Nine Years (Libra)
  5. Harriet Tubman, The Terror End of Beauty (Sunnyside)
  6. Kris Davis & Craig Taborn, Octopus (Pyroclastic)
  7. Don Byron & Aruán Ortiz, Random Dances and (A)tonalities (Intakt)
  8. Now Vs Now, The Buffering Cocoon (Jazzland)
  9. Sylvie Courvoisier Trio, D'Agala (Intakt)
  10. Marcus Strickland Twi-Life, People of the Sun (Blue Note/Revive Music)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. Anthony Braxton, Sextet (Parker) 1993 (New Braxton House)
  2. Charles Mingus, Live in Montreux 1975 (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
  3. Grant Green, Funk in France: From Paris to Antibes (1969-1970) (Resonance)

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Scott Albin (Amazon.com)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Elio Villafranca, Cinque (ArtistShare)
  2. Emile Parisien Quintet, Sfumato Live in Marciac (ACT)
  3. Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg, Dirt . . . and More Dirt (Pi)
  4. Julian Argüelles, Tonadas (Edition)
  5. Allison Miller & Carmen Staaf, Science Fair (Sunnyside)
  6. Ingrid Jensen & Steve Treseler, Invisible Sounds: For Kenny Wheeler (Whirlwind)
  7. Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (Pi)
  8. Frank Kimbrough, Monk's Dreams: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Sphere Monk (Sunnyside)
  9. The Diva Jazz Orchestra, 25th Anniversary Project (ArtistShare -17)
  10. Eddie Daniels, Heart of Brazil (Resonance)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. Thelonioous Monk, Mønk (Gearbox)
  2. Wes Montgomery, In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording (Resonance)
  3. Art Pepper, Unreleased Art Pepper Vol 10: Toronto (Widow's Taste)

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Mirian Arbalejo (It Don't Mean a Thing, Cuepoint)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Bill Frisell, Music IS (Okeh)
  2. Jessica Lurie, Long Haul (Chant -17)
  3. Miles Okazaki, Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk, Vols. 1-6 (self-released)
  4. Brad Mehldau, Seymour Reads the Constitution! (Nonesuch)
  5. Nigel Kennedy, Kennedy Meets Gershwin (Warner Classics)
  6. Mark Turner & Ethan Iverson, Temporary Kings (ECM)
  7. Sara Serpa, Close Up (Clean Feed)
  8. Elliot Galvin, The Influencing Machine (Edition)
  9. Mary Halvorson, Code Girl (Firehouse 12)
  10. Gonzalo Del Val With David Liebman & Ronan Guilfoyle, Standards in Dublin (Quadrant)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. John Coltrane, Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!)
  2. Woody Shaw, Tokyo '81 (Elemental)
  3. The Art Ensemble of Chicago and Associated Ensembles (ECM)

VOCAL

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Note: Original vocal pick -- CÚcile McLorin Salvant, The Window (Mack Avenue) -- changed due to ballot priority. [FD wants to restore Salvant but award extra point to Serpa.]

Hrayr Attarian (Jazziz, Chicago Jazz Magazine, All About Jazz)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Kenny Barron Quintet, Concentric Circles (Blue Note)
  2. Roxy Coss, The Future Is Female (Posi-Tone)
  3. Monika Herzig, Sheroes (Whaling City Sound)
  4. Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (Pi)
  5. Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg, Dirt . . . and More Dirt (Pi)
  6. Satoko Fujii, Solo (Libra)
  7. Andrew Cyrille, Lebroba (ECM)
  8. Henry Threadgill, Double Up, Plays Double Up Plus (Pi)
  9. Keith Jarrett, La Fenice (ECM)
  10. Carol Liebowitz & Birgitta Flick, Malita-Malika (Leo)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. Woody Shaw, Tokyo '81 (Elemental)
  2. Sun Ra & His Arkestra, Discipline 27-11 (Corbett vs. Dempsey -17)
  3. Dexter Gordon, Tokyo 1975 (Elemental)

VOCAL

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LATIN

Note: New vote for R/H album: Keith Jarrett, La Fenice (ECM), recorded in 2006.

Duck Baker (The Absolute Sound, New York Jazz Record)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Henry Threadgill, Double Up, Plays Double Up Plus (Pi)
  2. Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg, Dirt . . . and More Dirt (Pi)
  3. Barre Phillips, End to End (ECM)
  4. Marty Krystall-Mike Alvidrez-Fritz Wise, Marty's Mode (K2B2)
  5. Matthew Shipp Quartet, Sonic Fiction (ESP-Disk)
  6. Howard Alden-Marty Krystall-Buell Neidlinger, The Happenings: Music of Herbie Nichols (K2B2 -17)
  7. Megumi Yonezawa-Masa Kamaguchi-Ken Kobayashi, Boundary (ESP-Disk)
  8. Ben Goldberg & Michael Coleman, Practitioner (BAG Productions)
  9. ROVA Saxophone Quartet, In Transverse Time (Victo)
  10. Mary Halvorson, Code Girl (Firehouse 12)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. John Coltrane, Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!)
  2. The Savory Collection 1935-1940 (Mosaic)
  3. Thelonioous Monk, Mønk (Gearbox)

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LATIN

Note: Ballot listed additional (uncounted) Reissue/Historical albums: 4. Randy Weston, Sound (African Rhythms); 5. Cecil Taylor, Conversations With Tony Oxley (Jazzwerkstatt); 6. Grant Green, Funk in France: From Paris to Antibes 1969-1970 (Resonance); 7. Anthony Braxton, Sextet (Parker) 1993 (New Braxton House).

Chris Barton (Los Angeles Times)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Ambrose Akinmusire, Origami Harvest (Blue Note)
  2. Makaya McCraven, Universal Beings (International Anthem)
  3. Sons of Kemet, Your Queen Is a Reptile (Impulse!)
  4. Kamasi Washington, Heaven and Earth (Young Turks)
  5. Allison Miller & Carmen Staaf, Science Fair (Sunnyside)
  6. Walter Smith III, Twio (Whirlwind)
  7. Sylvie Courvoisier Trio, D'Agala (Intakt)
  8. Wayne Shorter Quartet, Emanon (Blue Note)
  9. Myra Melford's Snowy Egret, The Other Side of Air (Firehouse 12)
  10. Andrew Cyrille, Lebroba (ECM)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. John Coltrane, Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!)
  2. Eric Dolphy, Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions (Resonance)
  3. Esbjorn Svensson Trio, E.S.T. Live in London (ACT)

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Andy Beta

NEW RELEASES

  1. Sons of Kemet, Your Queen Is a Reptile (Impulse!)
  2. Makaya McCraven, Universal Beings (International Anthem)
  3. Ben LaMar Gay, Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun (International Anthem)
  4. Andrew Cyrille, Lebroba (ECM)
  5. Park Jiha, Communion (Tak:til)
  6. Ben Vince, Assimilation (Where to Now?)
  7. Wayne Shorter Quartet, Emanon (Blue Note)
  8. Nicole Mitchell, Maroon Cloud (FPE)
  9. Eli Keszler, Stadium (Shelter Press)
  10. Dos Santos, Logos (International Anthem)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

VOCAL

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Bill Beuttler (Emerson College, Boston Globe)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Ambrose Akinmusire, Origami Harvest (Blue Note)
  2. Miguel Zenón, Yo Soy La Tradición (Miel)
  3. David Virelles, Igbó Alákorin (The Singer's Grove), Vol. I & II (Pi)
  4. Esperanza Spalding, 12 Little Spells (Concord)
  5. Stefon Harris & Blackout, Sonic Creed (Motéma)
  6. Noah Preminger, Genuinity (Criss Cross)
  7. Julian Lage, Modern Lore (Mack Avenue)
  8. Sons of Kemet, Your Queen Is a Reptile (Impulse!)
  9. Myra Melford's Snowy Egret, The Other Side of Air (Firehouse 12)
  10. Allison Miller & Carmen Staaf, Science Fair (Sunnyside)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. John Coltrane, Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!)
  2. Fred Hersch Trio, Heartsongs (Sunnyside)
  3. Keith Jarrett-Gary Peacock-Jack DeJohnette, After the Fall (ECM)

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Dan Bilawsky (All About Jazz, JAZZed Magazine, JazzTimes)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Marshall Gilkes & WDR Big Band, Always Forward (Alternate Side)
  2. Noah Preminger & Frank Carlberg, Whispers and Cries (Red Piano)
  3. JD Allen, Love Stone (Savant)
  4. Martial Solal, My One and Only Love: Live at Theater Gutersloh (Intuition)
  5. Kurt Elling, The Questions (Okeh)
  6. Eddie Daniels, Heart of Brazil (Resonance)
  7. Frank Kimbrough, Monk's Dreams: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Sphere Monk (Sunnyside)
  8. Dave Liebman & John Stowell, Petite Fleur: The Music of Sidney Bechet (Origin)
  9. Edward Simon, Sorrows & Triumphs (Sunnyside)
  10. Kate McGarry, The Subject Tonight Is Love (Binxtown)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. John Coltrane, Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!)
  2. Miles Davis & John Coltrane, The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 (Columbia/Legacy)
  3. Wes Montgomery, In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording (Resonance)

VOCAL

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LATIN

Larry Birnbaum (Stereophile)

NEW RELEASES (listed alphabetically; 5.5 points each)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. John Coltrane, Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!)
  2. Sun Ra, Sun Ra Plays Gershwin (Enterplanetary Koncepts)
  3. Sonny Rollins, Way Out West [Deluxe Edition] (Craft)

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Larry Blumenfeld (Wall Street Journal, Daily Beast, Jazziz)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg, Dirt . . . and More Dirt (Pi)
  2. Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (Pi)
  3. Bill Frisell, Music IS (Okeh)
  4. Daniel Carter-William Parker-Matthew Shipp, Seraphic Light (AUM Fidelity)
  5. David Virelles, Igbó Alákorin (The Singer's Grove), Vol. I & II (Pi)
  6. Nicole Mitchell, Maroon Cloud (FPE)
  7. Tyshawn Sorey, Pillars (Firehouse 12)
  8. Chucho Valdés, Jazz Batá 2 (Mack Avenue)
  9. Dafnis Prieto Big Band, Back to the Sunset (Dafnison)
  10. Marc Ribot, Songs of Resistance 1942-2018 (Epitaph)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. John Coltrane, Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!)
  2. The Art Ensemble of Chicago and Associated Ensembles (ECM)
  3. The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions (Craft)

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Bob Blumenthal (freelance)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg, Dirt . . . and More Dirt (Pi)
  2. Bobo Stenson Trio, Contra La Indecisión (ECM)
  3. Andrew Cyrille, Lebroba (ECM)
  4. Larry Goldings-Peter Bernstein-Bill Stewart, Toy Tunes (Pirouet)
  5. Sylvie Courvoisier Trio, D'Agala (Intakt)
  6. Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band, Presence (Smoke Sessions)
  7. Myra Melford's Snowy Egret, The Other Side of Air (Firehouse 12)
  8. Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (Pi)
  9. Thumbscrew, Ours/Theirs (Cuneiform)
  10. Kenny Barron Quintet, Concentric Circles (Blue Note)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. The Art Ensemble of Chicago and Associated Ensembles (ECM)
  2. The Savory Collection 1935-1940 (Mosaic)
  3. Wes Montgomery, In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording (Resonance)

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Note: Thumbscrew vote only specified Ours.

Cisco Bradley (JazzRightNow)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Luke Stewart, Works for Upright Bass and Amplifier (Monofonus Press/Astral Spirits)
  2. Stephanie Richards, Fullmoon (Relative Pitch)
  3. Mary Halvorson, Code Girl (Firehouse 12)
  4. Weasel Walter, Skhiizm (ugEXPLODE)
  5. Sarah Bernstein Unearthish, Crazy Lights Shining (Phase Frame)
  6. Jeremiah Cymerman, Decay of the Angel (5049)
  7. Fay Victor's SoundNoiseFunk, Wet Robots (ESP-Disk)
  8. Andrew Barker Trio, Avert Your I (Astral Spirits)
  9. James Brandon Lewis & Chad Taylor, Radiant Imprints (OFF)
  10. Brandon Lopez, Quoniam Facta Sum Vilis (Astral Spirits)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. Robbie Basho, Live in Forli, Italy 1982 (Obsolete/ESP-Disk)
  2. Kaoru Abe & Sabu Toyozumi, Mannyoka (NoBusiness)
  3. Sun Ra, Of Abstract Dreams (Strut)

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Shaun Brady (JazzTimes, Philadelphia Inquirer)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Ambrose Akinmusire, Origami Harvest (Blue Note)
  2. Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg, Dirt . . . and More Dirt (Pi)
  3. Bill Frisell, Music IS (Okeh)
  4. Dan Weiss, Starebaby (Pi)
  5. Tyshawn Sorey, Pillars (Firehouse 12)
  6. Walter Smith III, Twio (Whirlwind)
  7. Mary Halvorson, Code Girl (Firehouse 12)
  8. The Bad Plus, Never Stop II (Legbreaker)
  9. Dave Holland, Uncharted Territories (Dare2)
  10. Matthew Shipp, Zero (ESP-Disk)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. John Coltrane, Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!)
  2. Thelonioous Monk, Mønk (Gearbox)
  3. William Parker, Voices Fall From the Sky (AUM Fidelity)

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Marcela Breton (JJA)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Eddie Palmieri, Full Circle (Ropeadope)
  2. Roxy Coss, The Future Is Female (Posi-Tone)
  3. Orquesta Akokán, Orquesta Akokán (Daptone)
  4. Lauren Sevian, Bliss (Posi-Tone)
  5. Bobby Sanabria, West Side Story Reimagined (Jazzheads)
  6. Champian Fulton, The Stylings of Champian (Champian)
  7. Azar Lawrence, Elementals (HighNote)
  8. Leny Andrade, Bossa Nossa: Leny Andrade Canta Fred Falcão (Biscoito Fino)
  9. Chucho Valdés, Jazz Batá 2 (Mack Avenue)
  10. Jorge Nila, Tenor Time (Tribute to the Tenor Masters) (Ninjazz)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions (Craft)
  2. Alice Coltrane, Spiritual Eternal: The Complete Warner Brothers Studio Recordings (Real Gone)
  3. Charles Mingus, Live in Montreux 1975 (Eagle Rock Entertainment)

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Richard Brody (The New Yorker)

NEW RELEASES

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. Miles Davis & John Coltrane, The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 (Columbia/Legacy)
  2. Grant Green, Funk in France: From Paris to Antibes (1969-1970) (Resonance)
  3. Woody Shaw, Live in Bremen 1983 (Elemental Music)

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Note:

Christian Broecking (Berliner Zeitung, Jazz Thing)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau, Long Ago and Far Away (Impulse!)
  2. Angelika Niescier Trio, The Berlin Concert (Intakt)
  3. Marc Ribot, Songs of Resistance 1942-2018 (Epitaph)
  4. Charles Lloyd & the Marvels + Lucinda Williams, Vanished Gardens (Blue Note)
  5. Joshua Redman, Still Dreaming (Nonesuch)
  6. Ambrose Akinmusire, Origami Harvest (Blue Note)
  7. Brad Mehldau, Seymour Reads the Constitution! (Nonesuch)
  8. Rolf Kühn, Yellow + Blue (MPS)
  9. David Murray Feat. Saul Williams, Blues for Memo (Motéma)
  10. Kukuruz Quartet, Julius Eastman Piano Interpretations (Intakt)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. John Coltrane, Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!)
  2. Charles Mingus, Jazz in Detroit/Strata Concert Gallery/46 Selden (BBE)
  3. Cecil Taylor, The Complete Nat Hentoff Sessions (Black Satin)

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Note: No Vocal specified. Vote added from new list.