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Village Voice Jazz Poll Winners Announced

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Vijay Iyer Trio: Historicity
  • Vijay Iyer Trio: Historicity
Historicity (ACT), the ruggedly inventive yet historically plugged-in album by the Vijay Iyer Trio, tops this year’s Village Voice Jazz Critics’ Poll. As poll marshal and writer Francis Davis writes in this week’s Voice, this year’s results shift away from the veterans who usually dominate the survey and toward younger players. You can find the top 50 albums along with winners in several subcategories (reissue, Latin jazz, debut album, and vocal) here.

Next week I’ll be posting my list of 2009’s top 40 albums in all genres (keep watching this space), but below is the ballot I submitted for the Voice jazz poll, which of course includes only jazz titles.

New Releases
1. Henry Threadgill: This Brings Us To, Volume 1 (Pi)
2. Vijay Iyer: Historicity (ACT)
3. Die Enttäuschung (Axel Dörner, Rudi Mahall, Jan Roder, Uli Jennessen): Die Enttäuschung (Intakt)
4. Steve Lehman: Travail, Transformation, and Flow (Pi)
5. Martial Solal: Live at the Village Vanguard (CAM Jazz)
6. Christian Lillinger: First Reason (Clean Feed)
7. Liam Noble: Brubeck (Basho)
8. J.D. Allen: Shine! (Sunnyside)
9. Jeremy Udden: Plainville (Fresh Sound New Talent)
10. Mike Reed: About Us (482 Music)

Reissues
1. Sun Ra: The Antique Blacks (Art Yard)
2. Codona (Don Cherry-Nana Vasconcelos-Collin Walcott): The Codona Trilogy (ECM)
3. Michel Portal, John Surman, Barre Phillips, Stu Martin, and Jean-Pierre Drouet: Alors!!! (Futura)

Vocal
Dee Alexander: Wild Is the Wind (Blujazz)

Debut
Christian Lillinger: First Reason (Clean Feed)

Latin
Buika & Chucho Valdes: El Último Trago (WEA International)

Today’s playlist:

Sun Ra, The Antique Blacks (Art Yard)
Radian, Chimeric (Thrill Jockey)
Ami Yoshida and Toshimaru Nakamura, Soba to Bara (Erstwhile)
Pisces, A Lovely Sight (Numero Group)
Noveller, Red Rainbows (No Fun)

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