CDs by Vijay Iyer, Sam Rivers, Wadada Leo Smith Top Rhapsody Jazz Critics Poll (Full Results)

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Vijay Iyer’s “Accelerando” (ACT) has topped this year’s Rhapsody Jazz Critics Poll (formerly the Village Voice Jazz Critics Poll). The CD, featuring the pianist’s trio, racked up the most points among the 119 critics voting in this year’s poll.

“Vijay lyerCharles Mingus and Bobby Sanabria all became two-time winners in this year’s Jazz Critics Poll — the seventh annual such survey and the second consecutive sponsored by Rhapsody,” Francis Davis wrote in his notes on the poll’s results. “Pianist Iyer’s Accelerando was voted Album of the Year in a close, three-way race with the late tenor saxophonist Sam Rivers‘ Reunion: Live in New York (a double from a 2007 concert with bassist Dave Holland and drummer Barry Altschul) and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith’s ambitious, four-discTen Freedom Summers.

“Given that this year’s jazz voter roll, while younger thanks to the inclusion of more bloggers, was also whiter and more male (though not for lack of trying for greater diversity), an analogy to a national election whose outcome was decided by women and minorities shouldn’t be pushed too far, and I promise I won’t. Still, it seems worth noting that this poll’s consensus also came down in favor of progressive trends that have taken root over the last several decades, but whose significance has become fully apparent only recently.”

(Here’s the rest of Davis’s essay)

The Top 10 were rounded out by:

2 — Sam Rivers/Dave Holland/Barry Altschul, “Reunion: Live in New York” (Pi)

3 — Wadada Leo Smith, “Ten Freedom Summers” (Cuneiform)

4 — Ryan Truesdell, “Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans” (ArtistShare)

5 — Ravi Coltrane,  “Spirit Fiction” (Blue Note) 

6 — Henry Threadgill Zooid, “Tomorrow Sunny/The Revelry, Spp” (Pi)

7 — Branford Marsalis Quartet,Four MFs Playin’ Tunes” (Marsalis Music)

8 — Tim Berne, “Snakeoil” (ECM) 

9 — Steve Lehman Trio, “Dialect Fluorescent” (Pi) 

10 — Billy Hart, “All Our Reasons” (ECM)

Best Vocal Album

1 — Neneh Cherry & The Thing, “The Cherry Thing” (Smalltown Supersound) 
2 — Gregory Porter, “Be Good” (Motéma) 
3 — (tie) Theo Bleckmann, “Hello Earth!: The Music of Kate Bush” (Winter & Winter) 
3 — (tie) Kate McGarry, “Girl Talk” (Palmetto) 

Best Debut Album

1 — Ryan Truesdell, “Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans “(ArtistShare)
2 — Johnathan Blake, “The Eleventh Hour” (Sunnyside)
3 — Devin Gray, Dirigo Rataplan” (Skirl)

Best Latin Album

1 — Bobby Sanabria Big Band, “Multiverse” (Jazzheads)
2 — David Virelles, “Continuum” (Pi) 
3 — Alfredo Rodriguez, “Sounds of Space” (Mack Avenue) 

Best Reissue:

1 — Charles Mingus, “The Jazz Workshop Concerts: 1964-65″ (Mosaic)
2 — Coleman Hawkins, “Classic Sessions 1922-1947″ (Mosaic)
3 — Charles Mingus, “The Complete Columbia and RCA Albums Collection”

For the complete results in every category, individual ballots (including mine) and everything you wanted to know about the poll but were afraid to ask, click here.

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