13th Annual Jazz Critics Poll: 2018

Ballot 2018

Rich Scheinin (SFJAZZ)


  1. Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band, Presence (Smoke Sessions)
  2. Noah Preminger, Genuinity (Criss Cross)
  3. Jason Moran and the Bandwagon, Looks of a Lot (Yes)
  4. Charles Lloyd & the Marvels + Lucinda Williams, Vanished Gardens (Blue Note)
  5. McClenty Hunter Jr., The Groove Hunter (Strikezone)
  6. Myra Melford's Snowy Egret, The Other Side of Air (Firehouse 12)
  7. Harold Mabern, The Iron Man: Live at Smoke (Smoke Sessions)
  8. Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (Pi)
  9. Ambrose Akinmusire, Origami Harvest (Blue Note)
  10. Joey Alexander, Eclipse (Motéma)


  1. John Coltrane, Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!)
  2. Charles Mingus, Jazz in Detroit/Strata Concert Gallery/46 Selden (BBE)
  3. Woody Shaw, Tokyo '81 (Elemental)




Note: Ballot submitted on time but misplaced, so was not counted when results were first posted.