13th Annual Jazz Critics Poll: 2018

Ballot 2018

Michael G. Nastos (Hot House,WCBN-FM [Ann Arbor, MI], Detroit Free Press, G1NBC.com, Michigan Music Hall of Fame)


  1. Nik Bärtsch's Ronin, Awase (ECM)
  2. Ron English, Dance/Cry/Dance (Detroit Music Factory)
  3. Rich Halley 3, The Literature (Pine Eagle)
  4. Makaya McCraven, Universal Beings (International Anthem)
  5. Ken Thomson, Sextet (New Focus/Panoramic)
  6. Chris Pasin, Ornettiquette (Planet Arts)
  7. Amos Hoffman & Noam Lemish, Pardes (self-released)
  8. Gayelynn McKinney, McKinFolk: The New Beginning (Detroit Music Factory)
  9. The Carl Michel Group, Music in Motian (The Compositions of Paul Motian) (Play On)
  10. John Bailey, In Real Time (Summit)


  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. Roscoe Mitchell Sextet, Sound (Delmark)




Note: The rules favor awarding the Debut vote to John Bailey, In Real Time (Summit), but voter insists on his original selection.