2007 Jazz Poll Ballots: A-O

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

1 Charles Tolliver With Love Blue Note
2 Maria Schneider Sky Blue ArtistShare
3 Charles Mingus Cornell 1964 Blue Note
4 Matana Roberts The Chicago Project Central Control
5 Lionel Loueke Virgin Forest ObliqSound
6 William Parker Corn Meal Dance AUM Fidelity
7 Jacques Schwarz-Bart Sone Ka-La Decca
8 Matthew Shipp Piano Vortex Thirsty Ear
9 Roberto Fonseca Zamazu Justin Time?10 Amir ElSaffar Two Rivers Pi

REISSUES

1 Miles Davis The Complete On The Corner Sessions Columbia/Legacy
2 John Coltrane Interplay Prestige
3 Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall Riverside/Keepnews Collection

VOCAL

Kurt Elling Night Moves

DEBUT

Roberto Fonseca Zamazu Justin Time

LATIN

Roberto Fonseca Zamazu Justin Time


Andrey Henkin (All About Jazz—New York)

NEW RELEASES

1 Sonore Only The Devil Has No Dreams Jazzwerkstatt
2 David Torn Prezens ECM
3 Don Friedman Waltz for Marilyn Jazz Excursion
4 Cato Salsa Experience/The Thing/Joe McPhee Two Bands and a Legend Smalltown Superjazz
5 Chicago Tentet American Landscapes 1 & 2 Okkadisk
6 Evan Parker & Ned Rothenberg Live At Roulette Animul
7 John Butcher & Paal Nilssen-Love Concentric Clean Feed
8 Joachim Kuhn & Majid Bekkas Kalimba ACT
9 François Houle-Evan Parker-Benoît Delbecq La Lumiere de Pierres Psi
10 Herb Robertson Live at Alchemia Not Two

REISSUES

1 Andrew Hill Compulson Blue Note
2 Albert Mangelsdorff Folk Mond & Flower Dream CBS-Nektar
3 Joe Henderson Power to the People Milestone/Keepnews Collection

VOCAL No choice DEBUT

Laura Toxvaerd No. 1 ILK Music

LATIN

Insight A Genesis (s/r)


Geoffrey Himes (Washington Post, JazzTimes)

NEW RELEASES

1 Carla Bley The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu ECM
2 Terence Blanchard A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina) Blue Note
3 Marty Ehrlich & Myra Melford Spark! Palmetto
4 Joe Lovano & Hank Jones Kids: Live at Dizzy's Blue Note
5 Matthew Shipp Piano Vortex Thirsty Ear
6 Lafayette Gilchrist Three Hyena
7 SFJazz Collective Live 2007 SFJazz
8 Brian Groder Torque Latham
9 Paul Motian Time and Time Again ECM
10 Michael Brecker Pilgrimage Heads Up

REISSUES

1 Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall Riverside/Keepnews Collection
2 Billie Holiday: Lady Day: The Master Takes and Singles Columbia/Legacy
3 John Coltrane: Interplay Prestige

VOCAL

Stacey Kent: Breakfast on the Morning Tram Blue Note

DEBUT

Floratone: Floratone Blue Note

LATIN

Andy Palacio & the Garifuna Collective: Watina Cumbancha?


Tom Hull (Village Voice, tomhull.com)

NEW RELEASES

1 Powerhouse Sound Oslo/Chicago Breaks Atavistic
2 Jewels and Binoculars Ships with Tatooed Sails Upshot
3 David Murray Sacred Ground Justin Time
4 Albert van Veenendaal-Meinrad Kneer-Yonga Sun Predictable Point of Impact Evil Rabbit
5 Chris Byars Photos in Black, White and Gray Smalls
6 Billy Bang Quintet Above & Beyond Justin Time
7 Kahil El'Zabar Transmigration Delmark
8 Assif Tsahar/Cooper-Moore/Chad Taylor Digital Primitives Hopscotch
9 Matt Lavelle Trio Spiritual Power Silkheart
10 Happy Apple Back on Top Sunnyside

REISSUES

1 That Devilin' Tune: A Jazz History WHRA
2 Art Pepper Unreleased Art Vol. 1: The Complete Abashiri Concert Widow's Taste
3 Andrew Hill Compulsion Blue Note

VOCAL

Fay Victor Cartwheels Through the Cosmos ArtistShare

DEBUT

Logan Richardson Cerebral Flow Fresh Sound New Talent

LATIN

Pablo Aslan Buenos Aires Tango Standards Zoho


Willard Jenkins (Downbeat, JazzTimes)

NEW RELEASES

1 Terence Blanchard A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina) Blue Note
2 Dee Dee Bridgewater Red Earth DDB/Emarcy
3 SFJazz Collective Live 2006: 3rd Annual Concert Tour SF Jazz
4 Alvin Batiste Marsalis Music Honors Marsalis Music
5 Joshua Redman Back East Nonesuch
6 Joe Zawinul Brown Street Heads Up
7 Charles Tolliver With Love Blue Note/Mosaic
8 Darrell Grant Truth and Reconciliation Origin
9 Matt Wilson The Scenic Route Palmetto
10 Nicole Mitchell Black Unstoppable Delmark

REISSUES

1 Andrew Hill Solo Mosaic Select
2 Chu Berry Classic Columbia and Victor Sessions Mosaic
3 Booker Ervin The Freedom Book Prestige/RVG

VOCAL

Dee Dee Bridgewater Red Earth DDB/Emarcy

DEBUT

Steve Williams New Incentive Elabeth

LATIN

Bobby Sanabria Big Band Urban Folk Tales Jazheads


Martin Johnson (New York, Paste, Wall Street Journal)

NEW RELEASES

1 Trio M Big Picture Cryptogramophone
2 Chris Byars Photos in Black White and Gray Smalls
3 Paul Motian Live at the Village Vanguard, Volume 1 Winter & Winter
4 Mostly Other People Do the Killing Shamokin!!! Hot Cup
5 Thelonious Monk Live at the Monterrey Jazz Festival MJF/Concord
6 Steve Lacy & Roswell Rudd Early and Late Cuneiform
7 His Name is Alive Sweet Earth Flower (A Tribute to Marion Brown) High Two
8 Joan Stiles Hurly Burly Ob-la Dee
9 Steve Reid Daxaar Domino 10
10 Dave Allen Real and Imagined Fresh Sound New Talent

REISSUES

1 Miles Davis The Complete On the Corner Sessions Columbia/Legacy
2 Patricia Barber The Premonition Years 1994-2002Premonition
3 Henry Threadgill Easily Slip into Another World DMG

VOCAL

Herbie Hancock River: The Joni Letters Verve

DEBUT

Alper Yilmaz Clashes Kayique

LATIN

No choice


Ashley Kahn (NPR Morning Edition)

NEW RELEASES (listed alphabetically, 5.5 points each)

Andy Bey Ain’t Necessarily So 12th Street
Bonerama Bringing It Home Highsteppin’ Productions
Michael Brecker Pilgrimage Heads Up
Jimmy Cobb Cobb’s Corner Chesky
Anat Cohen Noir Anzic
Moutin Reunion Quartet Sharp Turns (import)
Chris Potter Follow the Red Line: Live at the Village Vanguard Sunnyside
Chris Potter Song For Anyone Sunnyside
Michael Stephans Om/shalOM Endemik
Jeff “Tain” Watts the Ebonix Folk’s Music Black Keys

REISSUES (listed alphabetically, 2 points each)

Andy and the Bey Sisters Prestige/RVG
John Coltrane Interplay Prestige
Miles Davis The Complete On The Corner Sessions Columbia/Legacy

VOCAL

Andy Bey Ain’t Necessarily So 12th Street

DEBUT

Michael Stephans Om/shalOM Endemik

LATIN

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