Thursday, November 29, 2018

Francis Davis / NPR 2018 Jazz Critics Poll Ballot

These are the choices I made for the upcoming Francis Davis / NPR 2018 Jazz Critics Poll. The usual caveats about me being a fan/enthusiast and not a critic apply. Thanks to Davis and Tom Hull for putting this together, and a special thank you to all of the musicians and music writers who continue to make life bearable.
  • Choices for this year’s 10 best New Releases (albums released between last Thanksgiving and this, give or take) listed in descending order one-through-ten.
1. Assif Tsahar / William Parker / Hamid Drake - In Between The Tumbling A Stillness (Hopscotch)
2. Andrew Cyrille / Wadada Leo Smith / Bill Frisell - Lebroba (ECM)
3. Full Blast - Rio (Trost)
4. Daniel Carter / William Parker / Matthew Shipp - Seraphic Light Live At Tufts University (AUM Fidelity)
5. Jon Irabagon - Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics (Irabbagast)
6. Mia Dyberg Trio - Ticket! (Clean Feed)
7. Rodrigo Amado - A History of Nothing (Trost)
8. Angles 3 - Parede (Clean Feed)
9. The Thing - Again (Trost Records)
10. Chris Pitsiokos CP Unit - Silver Bullet In The Autumn Of Your Years (Clean Feed)
  • Top-three Reissues or Historical albums, again listed in descending order
1. Milford Graves - Babi (Corbett vs. Dempsey)
2. David S. Ware - The Balance (Vision Festival XV +) (AUM Fidelity)
3. Charles Mingus - Jazz in Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden (BBE Music)
  • Choice for the year's best Vocal album
William Parker - Flower In a Stained-Glass Window and The Blinking of The Ear (AUM Fidelity)
  • Choice for the year's best Debut album
Adam Hopkins - Crickets (Out Of Your Head Records)
  • Choice for the year’s best Latin jazz album
David Virelles - Igbo Alakorin: The Singer's Grove Vol. I & II (Pi-Recordings)

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