Jazz Critics Poll: 2009

Totals: New Albums: 2009

  1. Vijay Iyer: Historicity (ACT) 234 (33)
  2. Henry Threadgill: This Brings Us To, Volume 1 (Pi) 198.5 (30)
  3. Joe Lovano: Folk Art (Blue Note) 150 (23)
  4. Darcy James Argue: Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam) 134 (22)
  5. Steve Lehman: Travail Transformation & Flow (Pi) 112 (17)
  6. Keith Jarrett: Testament: Paris/London (ECM) 99.5 (14)
  7. Allen Toussaint: The Bright Mississippi (Nonesuch) 95.5 (15)
  8. Miguel Zenón: Esta Plena (Marsalis Music) 75.5 (12)
  9. Jim Hall & Bill Frisell: Hemispheres (ArtistShare) 73 (12)
  10. John Hollenbeck: Eternal Interlude (Sunnyside) 71.5 (10)
  11. Bill Frisell: Disfarmer (Nonesuch) 63.5 (10)
  12. Bill Dixon: Tapestries for Small Orchestra (Firehouse 12) 59.5 (9)
  13. Wadada Leo Smith: Spiritual Dimensions (Cuneiform) 59 (10)
  14. Dave Douglas: Spirit Moves (Greenleaf Music) 56 (9)
  15. Jeff "Tain" Watts: Watts (Dark Key) 55 (11)
  16. Charles Tolliver: Emperor March (Half Note) 55 (7)
  17. Darius Jones Trio: Man'ish Boy (AUM Fidelity) 51.5 (9)
  18. David Binney: Third Occasion (Mythology) 50 (11)
  19. Fly: Sky & Country (ECM) 48.5 (10)
  20. J.D. Allen: Shine! (Sunnyside) 45 (8)
  21. Linda Oh: Entry (Linda Oh Music) 44.5 (7)
  22. Branford Marsalis: Metamorphosen (Marsalis Music) 42.5 (7)
  23. Kurt Elling: Dedicated to You (Concord) 42.5 (6)
  24. Steve Kuhn: Mostly Coltrane (ECM) 41 (9)
  25. Robert Glasper: Double Booked (Blue Note) 40.5 (8)
  26. Monterey Quartet: Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival (MJF/Concord) 38 (7)
  27. Von Freeman: Vonski Speaks (Nessa) 36 (4)
  28. Gretchen Parlato: In a Dream (ObliqSound) 35 (6)
  29. Martial Solal: Live at Village Vanguard (CAM Jazz) 34 (6)
  30. Chris Potter: Ultrahang (ArtistShare) 33.5 (7)
  31. Ben Allison: Think Free (Palmetto) 33 (6)
  32. Miroslav Vitous: Remembering Weather Report (ECM) 32.5 (5)
  33. Tom Harrell: Prana Dance (HighNote) 32 (5)
  34. John Patitucci: Remembrence (Concord) 30 (7)
  35. David S. Ware: Shakti (AUM Fidelity) 28 (6)
  36. Evan Parker: The Moment's Energy (ECM) 28 (4)
  37. Tyshawn Sorey: Koan (482 Music) 27.5 (5)
  38. Gary Burton-Pat Metheny-Steve Swallow-Antonio Sanchez: Quartet Live (Concord) 27 (5)
  39. Roswell Rudd: Trombone Tribe (Sunnyside) 26.5 (5)
  40. James Moody: 4A (IPO) 26 (4)
  41. Joshua Redman: Compass (Nonesuch) 26 (4)
  42. Christian McBride: Kind of Brown (Mack Avenue) 25 (4)
  43. Fred Anderson: 21st Century Chase (Delmark) 24.5 (3)
  44. Mulatu Astatke & the Heliocentrics: Inspiration Information, Vol. 3 (Strut) 24 (4)
  45. Ravi Coltrane: Blending Times (Savoy Jazz) 23 (4)
  46. Roy Hargrove: Emergence (Emarcy) 23 (3)
  47. Melody Gardot: My One and Only Thrill (Verve) 22.5 (4)
  48. Keith Jarrett-Gary Peacock-Jack DeJohnette: Yesterdays (ECM) 22 (5)
  49. James Carter-John Medeski-Christian McBride-Adam Rogers-Joey Baron: Heaven on Earth (Half Note) 22 (3)
  50. Nicole Mitchell: Renegades (Delmark) 21.5 (4)
  51. The Fully Celebrated: Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones (AUM Fidelity) 21.5 (3)
  52. David Murray: The Devil Tried to Kill Me (Justin Time) 21.5 (3)
  53. Nellie McKay: Normal as Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day (Verve) 21 (4)
  54. Mike Reed: About Us (482 Music) 21 (4)
  55. Jeremy Udden: Plainville (Fresh Sound New Talent) 20.5 (4)
  56. Ramsey Lewis: Songs From the Heart (Concord) 20.5 (3)
  57. John Hebert: Byzantine Monkey (Firehouse 12) 20 (5)
  58. John Surman: Brewster's Rooster (ECM) 20 (5)
  59. Buika & Chucho Valdes: El Último Trago (WEA International) 20 (3)
  60. Roberta Gambarini: So in Love (Emarcy) 20 (3)
  61. Fred Hersch: Live at Jazz Standard (Sunnyside) 20 (3)
  62. Grant Stewart: Plays the Music of Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn (Sharp Nine) 19 (5)
  63. Kurt Rosenwinkel: Reflections (Word of Mouth Music) 19 (5)
  64. Louis Armstrong: Fleischmann's Yeast Show (Jazz Society) 19 (2)
  65. Tomasz Stanko: Dark Eyes (ECM) 19 (2)
  66. Ruby Braff: For the Last Time (Arbors) 18.5 (3)
  67. Matthew Shipp: Harmonic Disorder (Thirsty Ear) 18 (4)
  68. Jan Garbarek: Dresden (ECM) 18 (3)
  69. Darren Johnston: The Edge of the Forest (Clean Feed) 18 (3)
  70. Joe Morris: Today on Earth (AUM Fidelity) 18 (3)
  71. Warren Smith: Old News, Borrowed Blues (Engine) 18 (3)
  72. John Butcher: somethingtobesaid (Weight of Wax) 18 (2)
  73. Tony Malaby: Warblepeck (Songlines) 18 (2*)
  74. Joel Press & Kyle Aho: Untying the Standard (Cadence Jazz) 18 (2)
  75. Joëlle Léandre & George Lewis: Transatlantic Visions (RogueArt) 17 (4)
  76. Josh Berman: Old Idea (Delmark) 17 (3)
  77. Digital Primitives: Hum Crackle & Pop (Hopscotch) 17 (3)
  78. Jerry Bergonzi: Simply Put (Savant) 17 (2)
  79. Joel Harrison: Urban Myths (HighNote) 16 (3)
  80. Corey Wilkes: Cries From Tha Ghetto (Pi) 15.5 (3)
  81. Alex Cline: Continuation (Cryptogramophone) 15 (3)
  82. Abdullah Ibrahim: Senzo (Sunnyside) 14.5 (3)
  83. Gerald Wilson: Detroit (Mack Avenue) 14 (4)
  84. Ran Blake: Driftwoods (Tompkins Square) 14 (3)
  85. Harris Eisenstadt: Canada Day (Clean Feed) 14 (3)
  86. Enrico Pieranunzi: Dream Dance (CAM Jazz) 14 (3)
  87. Luis Bonilla: I Talking Now (Planet Arts) 14 (2)
  88. Laurence Hobgood: When the Heart Dances (Naim) 14 (2)
  89. Chad Taylor: Circle Down (482 Music) 14 (2)
  90. Trio 3 & Irene Schweitzer: Berne Concert (Intakt) 13.5 (3)
  91. Jim Black: Houseplant (Winter & Winter) 13 (3)
  92. Die Enttäuschung (Axel Dörner, Rudi Mahall, Jan Roder, Uli Jennessen): Die Enttäuschung (Intakt) 13 (2)
  93. Enrico Rava: New York Days (ECM) 13 (2)
  94. Lisa Sokolov: A Quiet Thing (Laughing Horse) 13 (2)
  95. Omar Sosa: Across the Divide (Half Note) 13 (2)
  96. Håkon Kornstad: Dwell Time (Jazzland) 12.5 (3)
  97. Peter Evans: Nature/Culture (Psi) 12.5 (2)
  98. Joe Morris-John Voigt-Tom Plsek: The Graphic Scores of Lowell Skinner Davidson (Riti) 12.5 (2)
  99. Peggy Lee: New Code (Drip Audio) 12 (4)
  100. Dave Douglas: A Single Sky (Greenleaf Music) 12 (3)
  101. Fred Hersch: Plays Jobim (Sunnyside) 12 (3)
  102. Bobby Broom: Plays for Monk (Origin) 12 (2)
  103. Joe Morris-Simon H. Fell-Alex Ward: The Necessary and the Possible (Victo) 12 (2)
  104. John Scofield: Piety Street (Emarcy) 12 (2)
  105. Cedar Walton: Voices Deep Within (HighNote) 12 (2)
  106. Masada Quintet: Stolas: The Book of Angels, Vol.12 (Tzadik) 11 (4)
  107. Dee Alexander: Wild Is the Wind (Blujazz) 11 (2)
  108. Lynne Arriale: Nuance (Motema) 11 (2)
  109. Cyro Baptista: Banquet of the Spirits (Tzadik ) 11 (2)
  110. Terence Blanchard: Choices (Concord) 11 (2)
  111. Oliver Jones & Hank Jones: Pleased to Meet You (Justin Time) 11 (2)
  112. Komeda Project: Requiem (WM) 11 (2)
  113. Michael Musillami: From Seeds (Playscape) 11 (2)
  114. Janet Planet: Of Thee I Sing (Stellar) 11 (2)
  115. Dafnis Prieto: Live at the Jazz Standard NYC (Dafnison Music) 11 (2)
  116. Ted Sirota: Seize the Time (Naim) 11 (2)
  117. Thirteenth Assembly: (un)sentimental (Important) 11 (2)
  118. Frank Carlberg: The American Dream (Red Piano) 10.5 (2)
  119. Matt Wilson: That's Gonna Leave a Mark (Palmetto) 10 (4)
  120. Jason Adasiewicz: Varmint (Cuneiform) 10 (3)
  121. Indigo Trio: Anaya (RogueArt) 10 (3)
  122. Jackie Ryan: Doozy (Open Art) 10 (3)
  123. Ben Goldberg: Go Home (BAG) 10 (2)
  124. Dom Minasi: Dissonance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder (Konnex) 10 (2)
  125. Bobby Sanabria: Kenya Revisited Live!!! (Jazzheads) 10 (2)