Just as in the recent NPR Jazz Critics Poll, Vijay Iyer tops the recently published JazzTimes poll, with “Far From Over” (ECM), from the pianist-composer’s sextet, topping the magazine’s list of the year’s 40 best new releases.
(I voted in both polls).
“Corrosive in its defiance and lyrical in its call for unity, (Iyer’s album) is a grueling, uplifting listening experience,” Thomas Conrad writes about Iyer’s album.
The rest of the Top 10 includes releases by:
- Three saxophonists — 2)Charles Lloyd New Quartet, “Passin’ Thru” (Blue Note); 3) Steve Coleman‘s Natal Eclipse, “Morphogenesis” (Pi); and (4) Rudresh Mahanthappa‘s Indo-Pak Coalition, “Agrima” (Rudeshm.com)
- (5) Singer Cecile McLorin Salvant‘s “Dreams and Daggers” (Mack Avenue)
- (6) Drummer Matt Wilson‘s “Honey and Salt: Music Inspired by the Poetry of Carl Sandburg” (Palmetto)
- (7) Hudson (Jack DeJohnette/Larry Grenadier/John Medeski/John Scofield), with a self-titled debut album (Motema)
- (8) Bassist Linda May Han Oh‘s “Walk Against Wind” (Biophilia)
- (9) Pianist/keyboardist Craig Taborn‘s “Daylight Ghosts” (ECM)
- 10) Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire‘s “A Rift in Decorum — Live at the Village Vanguard” (Blue Note)
The JazzTimes critics also honored historical jazz releases. The top 3: Thelonious Monk’s “Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960” (SAM/SAGA); Bill Evans’ “Another Time: The Hilversum Concert” (Resonance”); and Jaco Pastorius’s “Truth, Liberty & Soul” (Resonance).
“Jaco’s brilliant work as a composer and large-ensemble arranger is impressively showcased on this archival radio recording by his Word of Mouth big band,” I wrote about the double-disc release.
For the complete poll results, pick up the February issue of JazzTimes.