Best Jazz Discs of 2018

My favorite jazz releases of 2018 (as submitted to JazzTimes mag and elsewhere), listed alphabetically:

Kenny Barron Quintet Concentric Circles (Blue Note)

Eddie Daniels Heart of Brazil: A Tribute to Egberto Gismonti (Resonance)


Larry Goldings/Peter Bernstein/Bill Stewart Toy Tunes (Pirouet)


Chris Lightcap Superette (Royal Potato Family)


Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas/Sound Prints Scandal (Greenleaf)


Nolatet No Revenge Necessary (Royal Potato Family)


Joshua Redman/Ron Miles/Scott Colley/Brian Blade Still Dreaming (Nonesuch)


Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band West Side Story Reimagined (Jazzheads)


Antonio Sanchez (featuring WDR Big Band) Channels of Energy (CamJazz)


Wayne Shorter Emanon (Blue Note)

Vijay Iyer’s “Accelerando” Tops Seventh Annual Jazz Critics Poll

vijay ayer accelerandoForward-thinking pianist and composer Vijay Iyer continues his reign as a critics’ darling, with his trio’s “Accelerando” (ACT) named Best Album in the 7th Annual Jazz Critics Poll, formerly affiliated with the Village Voice and now linked to

Other winners:

  • Best Vocal Album: Neheh Cherry & the Thing, “The Cherry Thing” (Smalltown Superjazz)
  • Best Debut Album: Ryan Truesdell, “Centennial: Newly Discovered Works by Gil Evans”  (ArtistShare)
  • Best Latin Album: Bobby Sanabria, “Multiverse” (Jazzheads)

Full results will be posted  next week.

Individual ballots (including mine) are here.