14th Annual Jazz Critics Poll: 2019

Ballot 2019

Howard Mandel (Downbeat, NPR, The Wire, ArtsJournal/JazzBeyondJazz)


  1. Kris Davis, Diatom Ribbons (Pyroclastic)
  2. The Last Poets, Transcending Toxic Times (Ropeadope)
  3. Art Ensemble of Chicago, We Are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (Pi -2CD)
  4. Jazzmeia Horn, Love and Liberation (Concord)
  5. Simone Zanchini & Frankfurt Radio Big Band, Play the Music of Nino Rota (In+Out)
  6. Taylor Ho Bynum 9-tette, The Ambiguity Manifesto (Firehouse 12)
  7. Metropolitan Jazz Octet Featuring Dee Alexander, It's Too Hot for Words: Celebrating Billie Holiday (Delmark)
  8. Ronnie Cuber, Straight Street (SteepleChase)
  9. Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, On Firm Ground/Tierra Firme (Linus Entertainment)
  10. Poncho Sanchez, Trane's Delight (Concord Picante)


  1. The Art Ensemble of Chicago and Associated Ensembles (1979-2017, ECM -21CD -18)
  2. Nat "King" Cole, Hittin' the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943) (Resonance -7CD)
  3. Ben Sidran, Been There, Done That: Live Around the World 1975-2015 (Sunset Blvd -3CD -18)