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Jazz Critics Poll results announced

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The results of the annual Jazz Critics Poll, which ran for five years in the Village Voice and moves this year to the digital-music site Rhapsody, have gone live. Road Shows, Vol. 2 by Sonny Rollins was chosen album of the year; my pick was Here Comes Everybody (Jazzland) by the great Scandinavian quintet Atomic. The poll's 122 participating critics ranked 60 albums in that category; there are also categories for vocal album, Latin album, reissues, and debuts. Plus you can read essays by Francis Davis, who organizes the poll, and Tom Hull. My ballot is after the jump.

Top ten albums:

Atomic, Here Comes Everybody (Jazzland)
Roscoe Mitchell, Before There Was Sound (Nessa)
Matana Roberts, Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens de Couleur Libres (Constellation)
Amir ElSaffar Two Rivers Ensemble, Inana (Pi)
Craig Taborn, Avenging Angel (ECM)
São Paulo Underground, Três Cabeças Loucuras (Cuneiform)
J.D. Allen Trio, Victory (Sunnyside)
Pandelis Karayorgis Quintet, System of 5 (Hatology)
Matt Bauder, A Day in Pictures (Clean Feed)
Rudresh Mahanthappa, Samdhi (ACT)


Miles Davis, Live in Europe 1967 (Columbia/Legacy)
Bill Dixon, Intents and Purposes (International Phonograph)
Julius Hemphill, Dogon A.D. (International Phonograph)


Lina Nyberg, Palaver (Moserobie)


Jerry Gonzalez, Jerry Gonzalez y el Comando de la Clave (Sunnyside)


Chris Dingman, Waking Dreams (Between Worlds)

Today's playlist:

Seabrook Power Plant, Seabrook Power Plant II (Loyal Label)
Elvis Costello, National Ransom (Hear Music)
Jazkamer, Musica Non Grata (Pica Disk)
Bizingas, Bizingas (NCM East)
Loren Connors & Jim O'Rourke, Are You Going to Stop . . . in Bern? (Hatology)

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