Monday, July 25, 2005


Downbeat Readers Poll

The one Downbeat magazine that I buy instead of reading at the library each year is the one where I get to vote in the Reader's Poll. They have this kooky system where the eligable albums are from September 2004 - August 2005 instead of just a regular calendar year, but I'll make do. Here are my selections:

Hall of Fame: Sam Rivers
Jazz Musician of the Year: William Parker
Jazz Album of the Year: Wayne Shorter - Beyond the Sound Barrier
Jazz Reissue of the Year: Albert Ayler - Holy Ghost
Jazz Record Label of the Year: Palmetto
Jazz Combo: Dave Holland Quintet
Jazz Big Band: Mingus Big Band
Blues Musician of the Year: Joe Louis Walker
Blues Album of the Year: Pinetop Perkins - Ladies Man
Composer: Reid Anderson
Trumpet: Ron Horton
Trombone: Grachan Moncour III
Soprano Sax: Wayne Shorter
Alto Sax: Kenny Garrett
Tenor Sax: Chris Potter
Baritone Sax: James Carter
Flute: Sam Rivers
Clarinet: Chris Speed
Electric Keyboard: Craig Taborn
Acoustic Piano: Ethan Iverson
Organ: Alice Coltrane
Guitar: Bill Frisell
Bass: Dave Holland
Drums: Susie Ibarra
Percussion: Ray Burretto
Vibes: Stefon Harris
Misc. Instrument: David Murray (Bass Clarinet)
Male Singer: Mose Allison
Female Singer Bebel Gilberto

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