About this playlist
Welcome to Napster's first-annual Jazz Critics' Poll, wherein 122 national writers voted on their favorite albums of the year in a tradition we're taking on from the Village Voice. Below are the full results and methodology; poll guru Francis Davis' full introductory explanation is here, joined by a complementary essay from fellow critic Tom Hull and a list of jazz notables who passed in 2011. Enjoy.
Record of the Year
(13.) Wadada Leo Smith's Organic, Heart's Reflections (Cuneiform) 74.5 (16)
(16.) Keith Jarrett, Rio (ECM) 69.5 (11)
(18.) Roscoe Mitchell, Before There Was Sound (Nessa) 62.5 (9)
(31.) (tie) Tom Harrell, The Time of the Sun (HighNote) 44 (7)
(31.) (tie) Vijay Iyer with Prasama & Nitin Mitta, Tirtha (ACT) 44 (7)
(33.) Joshua Redman-Aaron Parks-Matt Penman-Eric Harland, James Farm (Nonesuch) 43 (11)
(36.) Brian Lynch, Unsung Heroes (Holistic MusicWorks) 42 (6)
(42.) Joel Harrison String Choir, The Music of Paul Motian (Sunnyside) 38 (5)*
(50.) Various Artists, Miles Español: New Sketches of Spain (Entertainment One) 34 (6)
(51.) Allen Lowe, Blues and the Empirical Truth (Music & Arts) 33 (7)
(52.) The Cookers, Cast the First Stone Plus (Loin Music) 33 (6)
Critics were asked to list 10 albums in descending order, with 10 points awarded for their #1, 9 for #2, etc. (On ballots where choices were listed alphabetically, each received 5.5 points.) The first number after the label name indicates total points; the number in parentheses is the tally of ballots on which a CD appeared, which was used as a tiebreaker.
* Totals include 17 (2) from 2010.
** Combined totals for Three Views (18 points, 2 ballots) and each of its three individual volumes: Rare Metals (7 points, 2 ballots); Orange Afternoons (5 points, I ballot); and Bad Mango (1 point, 1 ballot).
(2.) Julius Hemphill, Dogon A.D. (International Phonograph) 97 (44)
(3.) Bill Dixon, Intents and Purposes (International Phonograph) 55 (27)
(4.) Duke Ellington, The Complete 1932-1940 Brunswick, Columbia and Master Recordings (Mosaic) 31 (14)*
(5.) Modern Jazz Quartet, The Complete Atlantic Recordings 1956-64 (Mosaic) 20 (11)
(6.) Various Artists, FMP In Rückblick In Retrospect 1969-2010 (FMP) 20 (7)
(7.) Jimmie Lunceford, The Complete Decca Sessions (Mosaic) 17 (8)
(10.) Various, First Impulse!: The Creed Taylor Collection 50th Anniversary (Hip-o-Select) 10 (6)
Critics were asked to list three reissues in descending order, with three points awarded for #1, 2 for #2, and 1 for #3. The first number after the label name indicates total points; the number in parentheses tallies ballots on which a CD appeared, which was used as a tiebreaker.
*Includes 9 (4) from 2010
Best Vocal Album
Best Debut Album
* Includes 1 from 2010
Best Latin Album
(4.) São Paulo Underground, Trés Cabeças Loucuras (Cuneiform) 5
For Best Vocal, Debut, and Latin albums, critics were asked to name one album apiece, with no point system.
Here's the full list of participants; their individual ballots are available at here. Thanks to all the voters!
David R. Adler, Scott Albin, Clifford Allen, A.D. Amorosi, Larry Applebaum, Chris Barton, Nick Bewsey, Larry Birnbaum, Paul Blair, Larry Blumenfeld, Bob Blumenthal, Philip Booth, Michael Bourne, Shaun Brady, Marcela Breton, Christian Broecking, Stuart Broomer, Nate Cavalieri, John Chacona, Alan Chase, Nate Chinen, Fred Cisterna, Troy Collins, Thomas Conrad, J.D. Considine, Owen Cordle, Michael Coyle, Francis Davis, Steve Dollar, Laurence Donohue-Greene, Alain Drouot, Ken Dryden, Donald Elfman, Steve Feeney, Sean Fitzell, Colin Fleming, Ken Franckling, David Fricke, Will Friedwald, Richard Gehr, Andrew Gilbert, Ted Gioia, Steve Greenlee, George Grella, Laurel Gross, Evan Haga, James Hale, Ed Hazell, Don Heckman, Alex Henderson, Tad Hendrickson, Andrey Henkin, Geoffrey Himes, Eugene Holley Jr., Lyn Horton, Tom Hull, Peter Hum, Robert Iannopollo, Patrick Jarenwattananon, Willard Jenkins, Martin Johnson, Richard B. Kamins, George Kanzler, Fred Kaplan, Larry Kart, Mark Keresman, Elzy Kolb, Art Lange, Devin Leonard, Aidan Levy, Martin Longley, Suzanne Lorge, Kevin Lynch, John McDonough, Jim Macnie, Howard Mandel, Peter Margasak, Lee Mergner, Bill Milkowski, Christopher Monsen, Dan Morgenstern, John Murph, Russ Musto, Michael G. Nastos, Stuart Nicholson, Tim Niland, Dan Ouellette, Ted Panken, Thierry Peremarti, Bob Porter, Doug Ramsey, Derk Richardson, Jim Roberts, Chris Robinson, Britt Robson, Michael Rosenstein, Lloyd Sachs, Bret Saunders, Gene Seymour, Mike Shanley, John Sharpe, Hank Shteamer, Slim, Chip Stern, Jeff Stockton, W. Royal Stokes, Mark Stryker, John F. Szwed, Jeff Tamarkin, Derek Taylor, Neil Tesser, Greg Thomas, Ludwig Van Trikt, George Varga, Seth Colter Walls, Ken Waxman, Jason Weiss, Michael J. West, Kevin Whitehead, Josef Woodard, Ron Wynn, Scott Yanow.