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The year in jazz: My ballot for the NPR Jazz Critics Poll

Posted By on 12.21.13 at 10:00 AM

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A few days ago results of the annual jazz critics poll conducted by Philadelphia critic Francis Davis were released by NPR Music. The Village Voice originally published the poll, but as that once illustrious New York paper became increasingly unrecognizable, the poll migrated last year to online music retailer Rhapsody. Its new home seems like a good fit. Only one title in the poll's top ten was on my list, but I think most of the choices are deserving. After the jump you can look at the ballot I submitted to Davis.

New albums:
1. Nate Wooley Sextet, (Sit In) The Throne of Friendship (Clean Feed)
2. Fredrik Ljungkvist Yun Kan 10, Ten (Hoob Jazz)
3. Pandelis Karayorgis, Circuitous (Driff)
4. Craig Taborn Trio, Chants (ECM)
5. Joe Lovano Us Five, Cross Culture (Blue Note)
6. Samuel Blaser Consort in Motion, A Mirror to Machaut (Songlines)
7. Peter Evans, Zebulon (More is More)
8. Stahls Trio, Jag Skulle Bara Ga Ut (Moserobie)
9. Christian Wallumrød Ensemble, Outstairs (ECM)
10. Taylor Ho Bynum 7-tette, Navigation (Firehouse 12)

1. Clifford Jordan, The Complete Clifford Jordan Strata-East Sessions (Mosaic)
2. Miles Davis, Live in Europe: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2 (Legacy/Columbia)
3. Joe McPhee, Nation Time (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Latin album:
Pedrito Martinez, Rumba de la Isla (Calle 54/Sony Masterworks)

Debut album:
Matt Mitchell, Fiction (Pi)

Vocal album:
Cecile McLorin Salvant, WomanChild (Mack Avenue)

Today's playlist:

Various artists, Buttons: From Champaign to Chicago (Numero Group)
Daniel Bachman, Seven Pines (Tompkins Square)
Daniel Freedman, Bamako by Bus (Anzic)
Galina Ustvolskaya, Concerto, Octet, Sonata No. 3, Grand Duet (Melodiya)
Yusef Lateef, Psychicemotus (Impulse)

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