Friday, December 19, 2014

My favorite jazz albums of 2014

Posted By on 12.19.14 at 12:30 PM

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Today NPR Music posted the results of the annual jazz critics poll organized by Francis Davis. In years past the poll ran in the Village Voice and the online music service Rhapsody. Steve Lehman's impressive Mise En Abîme (Pi) landed in the top spot this year. You can check out the full results, including categories for best reissue, Latin jazz recording, debut, and vocal album here. I've included the ballot I submitted for this year's poll below.

Top 10 Albums:

1. David Virelles, Mbokó (ECM)
2. Ambrose Akinmusire, The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint (Blue Note)
3. Wadada Leo Smith, The Great Lakes Suites (TUM)
4. Jason Roebke Octet, High/Red/Center (Delmark)
5. Hush Point, Blues and Reds (Sunnyside)
6. Tyshawn Sorey, Alloy (Pi)
7. Tom Rainey, Obbligato (Intakt)
8. Matt Bauder & Day in Pictures, Nightshades (Clean Feed)
9. Michael Blake, Tiddy Boom (Sunnyside)
10. Jason Adasiewicz’s Sun Rooms, From the Region (Delmark)

Best Latin Album

Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Spanish Harlem Orchestra (ArtistShare)

Best Vocal Album:

Andy Bey, Pages From an Imaginary Life (HighNote)

Best Debut Album:

Honest John, Canarie (Rudi)

Archival Albums

1. Jimmy Giuffre, New York Concerts (Elemental Music)
2. Miles Davis, Miles at the Fillmore­—Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3 (Columbia/Legacy)
3. Horace Tapscott, The Giant Is Awakened (International Phonograph)

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