2007 Jazz Poll Ballots: A-O

New releases, reissues, debuts, and more—each critic's picks

1 Abbey Lincoln Abbey Sings Abbey Verve
2 Tyshawn Sorey That/Not Firehouse 12
3 Jewels and Binoculars Ships With Tattooed Sails Upshot
4 Maria Schneider Sky Blue ArtistShare
5 Matthew Shipp Piano Vortex Thirsty Ear
6 Joshua Redman Back East Nonesuch
7 Charles Tolliver With Love Blue Note
8 Uri Caine Plays Mozart Winter & Winter
9 Anat Fort A Long Story ECM
10 Harry Allen & Joe Cohn Music from Guys & Dolls Arbors

REISSUES

1 Lionel Hampton The Complete Victor Sessions, 1937-1941 Mosaic
2 Chu Berry Classic Columbia and Victor Sessions Mosaic
3 Sun Ra Disco 3000 Art Yard

VOCAL

Abbey Lincoln Abbey Sings Abbey Verve

DEBUT

Tyshawn Sorey That/Not Firehouse 12

LATIN

Roswell Rudd & Yomo Toro El Espiritu Jibaro Sunnyside


Paul de Barros (Seattle Times, Downbeat)

NEW RELEASES

1 Keith Jarrett-Gary Peacock-Jack DeJohnette My Foolish Heart ECM
2 Maria Schneider Sky Blue ArtistShare
3 Bill Holman Hommage Jazzed Media
4 Nels Cline Singers Draw Breath Cryptogramphone
5 Claudia Quintet For Cuneiform
6 Miles Davis Live at the 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival MJF/Concord
7 Anat Cohen Noir Anzic
8 Herbie Hancock River: The Joni Letters Verve
9 Oregon 1000 Kilometers CAM Jazz
10 Chris Potter Song For Anyone Sunnyside

REISSUES

1 Chu Berry The Classic Columbia and Victor Sessions Mosaic
2 Frank Sinatra Vegas Rhino
3 Von Freeman The Best on Premonition Premonition

VOCAL

Live Maria Roggen Circuit Songs Jazz Land

DEBUT

Alessandro Lanzoni I Should Care Philology

LATIN

Paquito D’Rivera Funk Tango Sunnyside


Steve Dollar (New York Sun, Time Out Chicago, playboy.com)

NEW RELEASES (listed alphabetically, 5.5 points each)

Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake From the River to the Ocean Thrill Jockey
Erik Friedlander Block Ice and Propane Skip Stone
Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone On and Off Skirl
Donny McCaslin Soar Sunnyside
Charles Mingus Cornell 1964 Blue Note
David Murray Sacred Ground Justin Time
Matthew Shipp Piano Vortex Thirsty Ear
Tyshawn Sorey That/Not Firehouse 12
David S. Ware Renunciation Thirsty Ear
Kenny Werner Lawn Chair Society Blue Note?

REISSUES

1 Miles Davis The Complete On the Corner Sessions Columbia/Legacy

VOCAL

No choice

DEBUT

Tyshawn Sorey That/Not Firehouse 12

LATIN

No choice


Laurence Donohue-Greene (All About Jazz—New York)

NEW RELEASES

1 *Sonny Rollins Sonny, Please Doxy
1 Abbey Lincoln Abbey Sings Abbey Verve
2 Peter Brötzmann-Mats Gustafsson-Ken Vandermark Sonore: Only the Devil Has No Dreams Jazzwerkstatt
3 Charles Mingus Cornell 1964 Blue Note
4 Trio M Big Picture Cryptogramophone
5 McCoy Tyner Quartet McCoy Tyner Music/HalfNote
6 Billy Bang Above & Beyond: An Evening in Grand Rapids Justin Time
7 Enrico Rava The Words and the Days ECM
8 Wadada Leo Smith & Gunter Baby Sommer Wisdom in TimeIntakt
9 David S. Ware Renunciation AUM Fidelity
10 Howard Wiley Angola Project Howard Wiley

REISSUES

1 Chu Berry Classic Columbia and Victor Sessions Mosaic
2 Andrew Hill CompulsionBlue Note
3 Noah Howard The Black Ark Bo'Weavil

VOCAL

Abbey Lincoln Abbey Sings Abbey Verve

DEBUT

Laura Toxvaerd no.1 Ilk Music

LATIN

Luis Bonilla Trombonilla: Terminal Clarity Now Jazz Consortium

*Ineligible 2006 release


Ken Dryden (Coda, All About Jazz New York)

NEW RELEASES

1 Charles Mingus Cornell 1964 Blue Note
2 Maria Schneider Sky Blue ArtistShare
3 The Benny Carter Centennial Project Evening Star
4 Dave Brubeck Indian Summer Telarc
5 Phil Woods & Irio De Paula The Gershwin Affair Philology
6 Wayne Escoffery Veneration Savant
7 Hal Galper Furious Rubato Origin
8 Bud Shank & Bill Mays Beyond the Red Door Jazzed Media
9 Jerry Bergonzi Tenorist Savant
10 Anat Fort A Long Story ECM

REISSUES

1 Duke Ellington The Complete 1936-1940 Variety, Vocalion and Okeh Small Group Sessions Mosaic
2 Ben Webster Dig Ben! Storyville
3 Fred Katz Folk Songs for Far Out Folk Reboot Stereophonic

VOCAL

Judy Niemack Blue Nights Blujazz

DEBUT

Susan Pereira & Sabor Brasil Tudo Azul Riony

LATIN

Bobby Sanabria Big Band Urban Folktales Jazzheads


Steve Feeney (Portland Press Herald, UpBeat)

NEW RELEASES

1 Matt Wilson The Scenic Route Palmetto
2 Bennie Wallace Disorder at the Border Justin Time
3 Joshua Redman Back East Nonesuch
4 Joe Lovano & Hank Jones Kids: Live at Dizzy’s Blue Note
5 Abbey Lincoln Abbey Sings Abbey Verve
6 Fred Hersch Night and the Music Palmetto
7 McCoy Tyner Quartet McCoy Tyner Music/HalfNote
8 Carla Bley The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu ECM
9 Donny McCaslin Soar Sunnyside
10 Maria Schneider Sky Blue ArtistShare

REISSUES

1 Miles Davis The Complete On The Corner Sessions Columbia/Legacy
2 Billie Holiday Rare Live Recordings 1934 – 1959 ESP-Disk

VOCAL

Abbey Lincoln Abbey Sings Abbey Verve

DEBUT

No choice

LATIN

No choice


Phil Freeman (Metal Edge, Village Voice)

NEW RELEASES
1 Fred Anderson/Hamid Drake From The River To The Ocean Thrill Jockey
2 David Torn Prezens ECM
3 Arve Henriksen Strjon Rune Grammofon
4 Supersilent 8 Rune Grammofon
5 Satoko Fujii When We Were There Polystar
6 David S. Ware Renunciation AUM Fidelity
7 Matthew Shipp Piano Vortex Thirsty Ear
8 Jacques Coursil Clameurs Sunnyside
9 Other Dimensions In Music In Paris: Live At The Sunset 2006 Futura/Marge
10 Burnt Sugar Live From Minnegiggle Falls Trugroid

REISSUES

1 Miles Davis The Complete On The Corner Sessions (Sony/Legacy)
2 Andrew Hill Compulsion Blue Note
3 Noah Howard The Black Ark Bo'Weavil

VOCAL

No choice

DEBUT

Amir ElSaffar Two Rivers Pi

LATIN

No choice


David Fricke (Rolling Stone)

NEW RELEASES

1 Charles Mingus Cornell 1964 Blue Note
2 David S. Ware Renunciation AUM Fidelity
3 Keith Jarrett-Gary Peacock-Jack DeJohnette My Foolish Heart ECM
4 The Bad Plus Prog Heads Up
5 Avishai Cohen After the Big Rain Anzic
6 Jewels and Binoculars Ships With Tattooed Sails Upshot
7 Supersilent 8 Rune Grammofon
8 John McLaughlin-Jaco Pastorius-Tony Williams Trio of Doom Columbia/Legacy
9 The Claudia Quintet For Cuneiform
10 Cato Salsa Experience & the Thing with Joe McPhee Two Bands and a Legend Smalltown Superjazz

REISSUES

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