The 17th Annual Francis Davis Jazz Poll:

Ballot 2022

Stewart Smith (The Wire, Bandcamp Daily, We Jazz, The Quietus, Repeater Radio)


  1. Wadada Leo Smith, String Quartets Nos. 1-12 (TUM)
  2. Mary Halvorson, Amaryllis (Nonesuch)
  3. Moor Mother, Jazz Codes (Anti-)
  4. Luke Stewart, Works for Upright Bass and Amplifier Vol. 2 (Astral Spirits)
  5. Nicole Mitchell & Fabio Paolozzi, Medusae (Don Giovanni)
  6. Cassiopeia Sturm & Patrick Shiroishi, The Invention of the Saxophone (Surface World)
  7. Tyshawn Sorey Trio, Mesmerism (Yeros7 Music)
  8. SSWAN [Jessica Ackerley-Patrick Shiroishi-Chris Williams-Luke Stewart-Jason Nazary], Invisibility Is an Unnatural Disorder (577)
  9. [Ahmed], Ahad/Wahid (A Cheeseboard Production)
  10. Orlando Furioso [Vicente H. Atria], Orlando Furioso (Aguirre)


  1. Pat Thomas, Remembering: New Jazz Jungle (1997, Feedback Moves)
  2. Albert Ayler, Revelations: The Complete ORTF 1970 Fondation Maeght Recordings (Elemental Music)
  3. Peter Brötzmann-Milford Graves-William Parker, Historic Music Past Tense Future (2002, Black Editions)




Note: New Releases ballot cited both Mary Halvorson albums, Amaryllis and Belladonna. New Releases ballot didn't specify a volume for Luke Stewart, Works for Upright Bass and Amplifier. Vol. 1 was released in 2021.