Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Francis Davis - 8th Annual Critics Poll

I am honored to be chosen by the esteemed jazz critic Francis Davis to take part in his 8th annual critics poll, hosted by NPR. Full results will be posted at NPR Music in mid-December and the individual ballots will be posted on Tom Hull's web site. The Poll consists of the ten best new releases, three best re-issues, along with top vocal, debut and Latin recordings. Alas, I don't listen to much Latin Jazz, so I chose to opt out of that category. Here we go:

New Releases
1. Bill Frisell - Silent Comedy (Tzadik)
2. Mostly Other People Do the Killing - Slippery Rock (Hot Cup)
3. Paul Dunmall & Tony Bianco - Tribute to Coltrane (Slam)
4. Harold Mabern - Live at Smalls (Smalls Live)
5. Ivo Perelman - Serendipity (Leo)
6. Mary Halvorson Septet - Illusory Sea (Firehouse 12)
7. Kikoski, Carpenter, Novak & Sheppard - From the Hip (BMF)
8. Peter Brotzmann & Steve Noble - I Am Here Where Are You (Trost)
9. Rob Mazurek Octet - Skull Sessions (Cuneiform)
10. Ches Smith and These Arches - Hammered (Clean Feed)

Reissues
1. Miles Davis - The Original Mono Recordings (Legacy)
2. John Coltrane - Sun Ship: The Complete Sessions (Impulse)
3. Matthew Shipp - Greatest Hits (Thirsty Ear)

Vocal Album 
John Hollenbeck - Songs I Like a Lot (featuring Theo Bleckmann and Kate McGarry) (Sunnyside)

Debut Album
Matt Mitchell - Fiction (Pi)

Latin Album 
n/a

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