13th Annual Jazz Critics Poll: 2018

Ballot 2018

Howard Mandel (ArtsJournal/JazzBeyondJazz, DownBeat, NPR)


  1. Myra Melford's Snowy Egret, The Other Side of Air (Firehouse 12)
  2. Stefon Harris & Blackout, Sonic Creed (Motéma)
  3. Wadada Leo Smith, Najwa (TUM -17)
  4. Gregory Lewis, Organ Monk Blue (self-released)
  5. The Trio Waz, That's What It Waz (Asian Improv -17)
  6. Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet, Time Like This (Intakt)
  7. Jon Irabagon Quartet, Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics (Irabbagast)
  8. Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg, Dirt . . . and More Dirt (Pi)
  9. Kenny Barron Quintet, Concentric Circles (Blue Note)
  10. Bobby Sanabria, West Side Story Reimagined (Jazzheads)


  1. Miles Davis & John Coltrane, The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 (Columbia/Legacy)
  2. John Coltrane, Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!)
  3. Amarcord Nino Rota (Corbett vs. Dempsey)