|15th Annual Jazz Critics Poll: 2020|
2020 Totals: Debuts
- Immanuel Wilkins, Omega (Blue Note) 41
- Micah Thomas, Tide (self-released) 9
- Raphaël Pannier Quartet, Faune (French Paradox) 8
- Max Bessesen, Trouble (Ropeadope) 4
- Asher Gamedze, Dialectic Soul (On the Corner) 4
- Nubya Garcia, Source (Concord) 4
- Josh Johnson, Freedom Exercise (Northern Spy) 4
- Webber/Morris Big Band, Both Are True (Greenleaf Music) 3
- Alonzo Demetrius, Live From the Prison Nation (Onyx Music) 2
- Karl Evangelista, Apura! (Astral Spirits) 2
- Emi Makabe, Anniversary (Greenleaf Music) 2
- New Orleans High Society, New Orleans High Society (1718 Records/Slammin' Media) 2
- Thana Alexa, ONA (self-released) 1
- Steve Arnold & Sea Change, Sea Change (self-released) 1
- Artemis, Artemis (Blue Note) 1
- Noah Bless, New York Strong: Latin Jazz! (Zoho) 1
- Moses Boyd, Dark Matter (Exodus) 1
- Lara Driscoll, Woven Dreams (Firm Roots Music) 1
- Giveton Gelin, True Design (self-released) 1
- Aubrey Johnson, Unraveled (Outside In) 1
- John Lake, Seven Angels (Outside In) 1
- Chien Chien Lu, The Path (self-released) 1
- Luca T. Mai, Heavenly Guide (Trost) 1
- Master Oogway, Earth and Other Worlds (Rune Grammofon) 1
- Simon Moullier, Spirit Song (Outside In) 1
- Never Weather, Blissonance (Ridgeway) 1
- Douglas Olsen, 2 Cents (self-released) 1
- Kassa Overall, I Think I'm Good (Brownswood) 1
- PRAED Orchestra, Live in Sharjah (Morphine) 1
- Ester Quevedo Quintet, Trabalenguas (UnderPool) 1
- Skurkar, Skjulte Motiver (Øra Fonogram) 1
- Toivo Quintet, View (Losen) 1
- Tropos, Axioms // 75 AB (Biophilia) 1
- Oded Tzur, Here Be Dragons (ECM) 1
- Ndabo Zulu & Umgidi Ensemble, Queen Nandi: The African Suite (Mageba Music) 1
Critics were asked to name one album apiece, with no point system.
The following albums received votes but are not considered eligible
as Debut albums:
Nubya Garcia, The Source (Concord): Garcia previously
released Nubya's 5ive (2017), as well as appearing in the groups
Maisha and Nérija.
Webber/Morris Big Band, Both Are True (Greenleaf Music):
Group but not artist debut. Anna Webber has several previous albums
(Discogs lists 8). First album under Angela Morris's name, but she
previously recorded as Rallidae.
Kassa Overall, I Think I'm Good (Brownswood):
Has a previous album, Go Get Ice Cream and Listen to Jazz,
more with name on credits line, plus two albums with rapper Kool A.D.
as Kool & Kass.
Moses Boyd, Dark Matter (Exodus): Boyd previously
released the album Displaced Diaspora (2018) as Moses Boyd
Exodus. He also has 4 duo albums with Binker Golding as Binker and
Oded Tzur, Here Be Dragons (ECM): Has two previous
albums from 2015-17.
Thana Alexa, ONA (self-released): Has a previous
album, Ode to Heroes (2014).
Master Oogway, Earth and Other Worlds (Rune Grammofon):
Quartet, has a previous album, The Concert Koan (2018).