13th Annual Jazz Critics Poll: 2018

Ballots 2018 [3]

Jordannah Elizabeth (DownBeat, New York Amsterdam News, Jazz Right Now)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Irreversible Entanglements, Irreversible Entanglements (International Anthem/Don Giovanni -17)
  2. Makaya McCraven, Universal Beings (International Anthem)
  3. Andrew Bernstein, An Exploded View of Time (Hausu Mountain)
  4. Black Spirituals, Black Access/Black Axes (Sige)
  5. Sara Serpa, Close Up (Clean Feed)
  6. Ben LaMar Gay, Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun (International Anthem)
  7. Kamasi Washington, Heaven and Earth (Young Turks)
  8. Quin Kirchner, The Other Side of Time (Astral Spirits)
  9. Georgia Anne Muldrow, Overload (Brainfeeder)
  10. Andrew Cyrille, Lebroba (ECM)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. Betty Davis, The Columbia Years 1968-1969 (Light in the Attic -16)
  2. John Coltrane, Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!)
  3. Alice Coltrane, World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda (Luaka Bop -17)

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Note: Original debut pick -- Stephanie Richards, Fullmoon (Unit) -- changed due to ballot priority.

Steve Feeney (Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, ArtsFuse, Broadway World)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Wayne Shorter Quartet, Emanon (Blue Note)
  2. Kamasi Washington, Heaven and Earth (Young Turks)
  3. William Parker, Voices Fall From the Sky (AUM Fidelity)
  4. Mary Halvorson, Code Girl (Firehouse 12)
  5. Dave Holland, Uncharted Territories (Dare2)
  6. Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints, Scandal (Greenleaf Music)
  7. Brad Mehldau, Seymour Reads the Constitution! (Nonesuch)
  8. Kenny Barron Quintet, Concentric Circles (Blue Note)
  9. Thumbscrew, Ours/Theirs (Cuneiform)
  10. Andrew Cyrille, Lebroba (ECM)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. Dexter Gordon Quartet, Espace Cardin 1977 (Elemental Music)
  2. John Coltrane, Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!)
  3. Fred Hersch Trio, '97 @ The Village Vanguard (Palmetto)

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Note: Thumbscrew vote only specified Theirs.

Ken Franckling (JazzTimes, Hot House, Jazz Notes)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Jeff Hamilton Trio, Live From San Pedro (Capri)
  2. Benjamin Boone & Philip Levine, The Poetry of Jazz (Origin)
  3. Lynne Arriale Trio, Give Us These Days (Challenge)
  4. Eric Alexander, Song of No Regrets (HighNote -17)
  5. Benito Gonzalez-Gerry Gibbs-Essiet Okon Essiet, Passion Reverence Transcendence (Whaling City Sound)
  6. Fred Hersch Trio, Live in Europe (Palmetto)
  7. Yelena Eckemoff, Desert (L&H)
  8. Mica Bethea Big Band, Suite Theory (self-released)
  9. Roxy Coss, The Future Is Female (Posi-Tone)
  10. Dongfeng Liu, China Caribe (Zoho)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. John Coltrane, Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!)
  2. Esbjorn Svensson Trio, E.S.T. Live in London (ACT)
  3. Fred Hersch Trio, '97 @ The Village Vanguard (Palmetto)

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Phil Freeman (Stereogum, The Wire, Burning Ambulance)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Makaya McCraven, Universal Beings (International Anthem)
  2. Sons of Kemet, Your Queen Is a Reptile (Impulse!)
  3. Kamasi Washington, Heaven and Earth (Young Turks)
  4. We Out Here (Brownswood)
  5. Camilla George, The People Could Fly (Ubuntu)
  6. Andrew Cyrille, Lebroba (ECM)
  7. Ingrid Laubrock, Contemporary Chaos Practices (Intakt)
  8. Nicole Mitchell, Maroon Cloud (FPE)
  9. Maisha, There Is a Place (Brownswood)
  10. Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg, Dirt . . . and More Dirt (Pi)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. J-Jazz (Deep Modern Jazz From Japan, 1969-1984)
  2. Wes Montgomery, In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording (Resonance)
  3. Milford Graves, Bäbi (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

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Felipe Freitas (JazzTrail)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg, Dirt . . . and More Dirt (Pi)
  2. Jamie Saft, Solo a Genova (RareNoise)
  3. Bobby Previte, Rhapsody (RareNoise)
  4. Jonathan Finlayson, 3 Times Round (Pi)
  5. Andrew Cyrille, Lebroba (ECM)
  6. Jon Irabagon Quartet, Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics (Irabbagast)
  7. Sylvie Courvoisier Trio, D'Agala (Intakt)
  8. John Escreet, Learn to Live (Blue Room)
  9. Ben Wendel, The Seasons (Motéma)
  10. JD Allen, Love Stone (Savant)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. John Coltrane, Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!)
  2. Alice Coltrane, Spiritual Eternal: The Complete Warner Brothers Studio Recordings (Real Gone)
  3. Anthony Braxton, Sextet (Parker) 1993 (New Braxton House)

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Sasha Frere-Jones (Artforum, Bookforum)

NEW RELEASES (listed alphabetically; 5.5 points each)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. Prince, Piano and a Microphone 1983 (NPG/Warner Bros)
  2. Eliane Radigue, Oeuvres Électroniques (INA-GRM)

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Note: Thumbscrew vote only specified Theirs.

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

NEW RELEASES

  1. Gabriela Friedli Trio, Areas (Leo)
  2. Spectral [Dave Rempis-Darren Johnston-Larry Ochs], Empty Castles (Aerophonic)
  3. Paul Dunmall-John Irabagon-Mark Sanders-Jim Bashford, The Rain Sessions (FMR)
  4. Henry Threadgill, Double Up, Plays Double Up Plus (Pi)
  5. Jason Kao Hwang Burning Bridge, Blood (True Sound)
  6. Tim Daisy Fulcrum Ensemble, Animation (Relay)
  7. Salim Washington, Dogon Revisited (Passin' Thru)
  8. Daniel Carter-William Parker-Matthew Shipp, Seraphic Light (AUM Fidelity)
  9. Martin Blume-Tobias Delius-Achim Kaufmann-Dieter Manderscheid, Frames & Terrains (No Business)
  10. Marco Colonna-Agustí Fernandez-Zlatko Kaucic, Agrakal (Not Two)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. Alan Braufman, Valley of Search (Valley of Search)
  2. Miles Davis & John Coltrane, The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 (Columbia/Legacy)
  3. Bobby Naughton-Leo Smith-Perry Robinson, The Haunt (NoBusiness)

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Jon Garelick (Boston Globe, DownBeat, Jazziz)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Charles Lloyd & the Marvels + Lucinda Williams, Vanished Gardens (Blue Note)
  2. Luciana Souza, The Book of Longing (Sunnyside)
  3. Mark Turner & Ethan Iverson, Temporary Kings (ECM)
  4. Myra Melford's Snowy Egret, The Other Side of Air (Firehouse 12)
  5. Noah Preminger, Genuinity (Criss Cross)
  6. Kevin Sun, Trio (Ectomorph Music)
  7. Bill Frisell, Music IS (Okeh)
  8. Adam O'Farrill's Stranger Days, El Maquech (Biophilia)
  9. Lee Konitz & Dan Tepfer, Decade (Impulse!)
  10. Cécile McLorin Salvant, The Window (Mack Avenue)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. Sun Ra & His Arkestra, Discipline 27-11 (Corbett vs. Dempsey -17)
  2. The Art Ensemble of Chicago and Associated Ensembles (ECM)
  3. John Coltrane, Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!)

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Note: Original vocal pick -- CÚcile McLorin Salvant, The Window (Mack Avenue) -- changed due to ballot priority.

Richard Gehr (Rolling Stone, Relix, Bandcamp)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Mary Halvorson, Code Girl (Firehouse 12)
  2. Adam O'Farrill's Stranger Days, El Maquech (Biophilia)
  3. Chris Lightcap, Superette (The Royal Potato Family)
  4. Maisha, There Is a Place (Brownswood)
  5. Ingrid Laubrock, Contemporary Chaos Practices (Intakt)
  6. Justin Brown, Nyeusi (Biophilia)
  7. Makaya McCraven, Universal Beings (International Anthem)
  8. John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, All Can Work (New Amsterdam)
  9. Sons of Kemet, Your Queen Is a Reptile (Impulse!)
  10. Michael Leonhart, The Painted Lady Suite (Sunnyside)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. Charles Mingus, Jazz in Detroit/Strata Concert Gallery/46 Selden (BBE)
  2. Alan Braufman, Valley of Search (Valley of Search)
  3. Eumir Deodato & Os Catedráticos, Ataque (Far Out)

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

NEW RELEASES

  1. Myra Melford's Snowy Egret, The Other Side of Air (Firehouse 12)
  2. Joshua Redman, Still Dreaming (Nonesuch)
  3. Miguel Zenón, Yo Soy La Tradición (Miel)
  4. Rudy Royston, Flatbed Buggy (Greenleaf Music)
  5. Edward Simon, Sorrows & Triumphs (Sunnyside)
  6. Jamie Baum Septet+, Bridges (Sunnyside)
  7. Kristen Strom, Moving Day: The Music of John Shifflett (OA2)
  8. François Moutin & Kavita Shah Duo, Interplay (Dot Time)
  9. Shakers n' Bakers, Heart Love (Little i Music)
  10. JD Allen, Love Stone (Savant)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

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

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Ted Gioia (The History of Jazz)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Kamasi Washington, Heaven and Earth (Young Turks)
  2. Cécile McLorin Salvant, The Window (Mack Avenue)
  3. Wayne Shorter Quartet, Emanon (Blue Note)
  4. Fred Hersch Trio, Live in Europe (Palmetto)
  5. Sons of Kemet, Your Queen Is a Reptile (Impulse!)
  6. Miles Okazaki, Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk, Vols. 1-6 (self-released)
  7. Dan Tepfer, Natural Machines (self-released)
  8. Julian Lage, Modern Lore (Mack Avenue)
  9. Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints, Scandal (Greenleaf Music)
  10. Denny Zeitlin, Wishing on the Moon (Sunnyside)

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. Erroll Garner, Nightconcert (Mack Avenue)

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David A. Graham (The Atlantic)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Ambrose Akinmusire, Origami Harvest (Blue Note)
  2. Miles Okazaki, Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk, Vols. 1-6 (self-released)
  3. Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg, Dirt . . . and More Dirt (Pi)
  4. Mary Halvorson, Code Girl (Firehouse 12)
  5. Bill Frisell, Music IS (Okeh)
  6. Joshua Redman, Still Dreaming (Nonesuch)
  7. JD Allen, Love Stone (Savant)
  8. Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (Pi)
  9. Makaya McCraven, Universal Beings (International Anthem)
  10. Andrew Cyrille, Lebroba (ECM)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. John Coltrane, Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!)
  2. Keith Jarrett, La Fenice (ECM)
  3. Erroll Garner, Nightconcert (Mack Avenue)

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Steve Greenlee (Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, JazzTimes)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Tyler Higgins, Blue Mood (Shhpuma)
  2. Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (Pi)
  3. Schnellertollermeier, Rights (Cuneiform -17)
  4. Henry Threadgill, Double Up, Plays Double Up Plus (Pi)
  5. William Parker, Voices Fall From the Sky (AUM Fidelity)
  6. The Mattson 2, A Love Supreme (Spiritual Pajamas)
  7. Elephant9, Greatest Show on Earth (Rune Grammofon)
  8. Thumbscrew, Ours/Theirs (Cuneiform)
  9. Jeremy Pelt, Noir En Rouge: Live in Paris (HighNote)
  10. This Is It!, 1538 (Libra)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. Sonny Rollins, Way Out West [Deluxe Edition] (Craft)
  2. Keith Jarrett-Gary Peacock-Jack DeJohnette, After the Fall (ECM)
  3. Sun Ra, Astro Black (Modern Harmonic)

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Note: Thumbscrew vote only specified Theirs.

George Grella (Brooklyn Rail, The Wire, New York City Jazz Record)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Ambrose Akinmusire, Origami Harvest (Blue Note)
  2. Kris Davis-Matt Mitchell-Aruán Ortiz-Matthew Shipp, New American Songbooks, Volume 2 (Sound American)
  3. Miles Okazaki, Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk, Vols. 1-6 (self-released)
  4. Harriet Tubman, The Terror End of Beauty (Sunnyside)
  5. Noah Preminger & Frank Carlberg, Whispers and Cries (Red Piano)
  6. Thollem-DuRoche-Stjames Trio, Live in Our Time (ESP-Disk)
  7. Jamie Saft, Solo a Genova (RareNoise)
  8. Jason Moran and the Bandwagon, Looks of a Lot (Yes)
  9. Theo Hill, Interstellar Adventures (Posi-Tone)
  10. Bobo Stenson Trio, Contra La Indecisión (ECM)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. The Art Ensemble of Chicago and Associated Ensembles (ECM)
  2. Fred Hersch Trio, '97 @ The Village Vanguard (Palmetto)
  3. Woody Shaw, Live in Bremen 1983 (Elemental Music)

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Jason Gubbels (Cerebral Decanting, WWCC)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Miles Okazaki, Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk, Vols. 1-6 (self-released)
  2. Matthew Shipp Quartet, Sonic Fiction (ESP-Disk)
  3. Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg, Dirt . . . and More Dirt (Pi)
  4. Makaya McCraven, Universal Beings (International Anthem)
  5. Andrew Cyrille, Lebroba (ECM)
  6. Thumbscrew, Ours/Theirs (Cuneiform)
  7. Brian Marsella Trio, Outspoken: The Music of the Legendary Hasaan (Tzadik)
  8. Ingrid Laubrock, Contemporary Chaos Practices (Intakt)
  9. Jonathan Finlayson, 3 Times Round (Pi)
  10. Binker and Moses, Alive in the East? (Gearbox)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. The Savory Collection 1935-1940 (Mosaic)
  2. Eric Dolphy, Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions (Resonance)
  3. Sun Ra, Astro Black (Modern Harmonic)

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Note: Thumbscrew vote only specified Theirs.

Robert Ham (Paste, Pitchfork, Bandcamp)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Ben Wendel, The Seasons (Motéma)
  2. Dan Weiss, Starebaby (Pi)
  3. Catherine Sikora & Brian Chase, Untitled: After (Chaikin)
  4. Kaja Draksler-Petter Eldh-Christian Lillinger, Punkt. Vrt. Plastik (Intakt)
  5. Yuko Fujiyama, Night Wave (Innova)
  6. Ben LaMar Gay, Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun (International Anthem)
  7. Ben Goldberg & Michael Coleman, Practitioner (BAG Productions)
  8. John Surman, Invisible Threads (ECM)
  9. The Nels Cline 4, Currents Constellations (Blue Note)
  10. Sarathy Korwar and Upaj Collective, My East Is Your West (Gearbox)

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. Charles Mingus, Jazz in Detroit/Strata Concert Gallery/46 Selden (BBE)

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Ed Hazell (Point of Departure, Jazziz)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Satoko Fujii, Solo (Libra)
  2. Henry Threadgill, Double Up, Plays Double Up Plus (Pi)
  3. Jason Kao Hwang Burning Bridge, Blood (True Sound)
  4. Kris Davis & Craig Taborn, Octopus (Pyroclastic)
  5. Thumbscrew, Ours/Theirs (Cuneiform)
  6. Peter Kuhn Trio, Intention (FMR)
  7. Andrew Cyrille, Lebroba (ECM)
  8. Kaja Draksler-Petter Eldh-Christian Lillinger, Punkt. Vrt. Plastik (Intakt)
  9. Ingrid Laubrock, Contemporary Chaos Practices (Intakt)
  10. Daniel Carter-William Parker-Matthew Shipp, Seraphic Light (AUM Fidelity)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. Beaver Harris-Don Pullen 360° Experience, A Well Kept Secret (Corbett vs. Dempsey)
  2. Alan Braufman, Valley of Search (Valley of Search)
  3. John Coltrane, Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!)

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Note: Thumbscrew vote only specified Ours.

Chris Heim (KMUW-FM)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Ben Allison, Quiet Revolution (Sonic Camera)
  2. Aaron Goldberg, At the Edge of the World (Sunnyside)
  3. Stefon Harris & Blackout, Sonic Creed (Motéma)
  4. Brad Mehldau, Seymour Reads the Constitution! (Nonesuch)
  5. Keith Jarrett-Gary Peacock-Jack DeJohnette, After the Fall (ECM)
  6. Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau, Long Ago and Far Away (Impulse!)
  7. Bill Anschell, Shifting Standards (Origin)
  8. Steve Hobbs, Tribute to Bobby (Challenge)
  9. Alfredo Rodriguez, The Little Dream (Mack Avenue)
  10. Tim Warfield, Jazzland (Criss Cross)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. Erroll Garner, Nightconcert (Mack Avenue)
  2. Miles Davis & John Coltrane, The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 (Columbia/Legacy)
  3. John Coltrane, Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!)

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Note: New votes for historical: Keith Jarrett-Gary Peacock-Jack DeJohnette, After the Fall (ECM), and Charlie Haden & Brad Mehldau, Long Ago and Far Away (Impulse!).

Alex Henderson (Salon, New York City Jazz Record, AlterNet, XBIZ, SHE Magazine, The Raw Story, The National Memo, The New Civil Rights Movement, Democratic Underground)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Bill O'Connell, Jazz Latin (Savant)
  2. Allan Harris, The Genius of Eddie Jefferson (Resilience Music)
  3. Houston Person & Ron Carter, Remember Love (HighNote)
  4. Judy Niemack, New York Stories (Sunnyside)
  5. The Yellowjackets, Raising Our Voice (Mack Avenue)
  6. Eddie Daniels, Heart of Brazil (Resonance)
  7. Tess Souter, Picture in Black and White (NOA)
  8. The New York All-Star Big Band, The Unheard Artie Shaw (Hep)
  9. Judy Silvano & the Zephyr Band, Lessons Learned (Unit)
  10. Eddie Henderson, Be Cool (Smoke Sessions)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. Miles Davis & John Coltrane, The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 (Columbia/Legacy)
  2. Eddie Harris, Listen Here: The Very Best of Eddie Harris (Varese Sarabande)
  3. Joe Farrell, Penny Arcade/Upon This Rock/Canned Funk (BGO)

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Tad Hendrickson (freelance journalist)

NEW RELEASES

  1. Daniel Carter-William Parker-Matthew Shipp, Seraphic Light (AUM Fidelity)
  2. Dave Holland, Uncharted Territories (Dare2)
  3. Andrew Cyrille, Lebroba (ECM)
  4. Sons of Kemet, Your Queen Is a Reptile (Impulse!)
  5. Esperanza Spalding, 12 Little Spells (Concord)
  6. Makaya McCraven, Universal Beings (International Anthem)
  7. Lionel Loueke, Close Your Eyes (Newvelle)
  8. Myra Melford's Snowy Egret, The Other Side of Air (Firehouse 12)
  9. John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, All Can Work (New Amsterdam)
  10. Josephine Davies' Satori, In the Corners of Clouds (Whirlwind)

REISSUES/HISTORICAL

  1. John Coltrane, Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!)
  2. Thelonious Monk, Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 (Sam -17)
  3. Charles Mingus, Jazz in Detroit/Strata Concert Gallery/46 Selden (BBE)

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