2007 Jazz Poll Ballots: A-O

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

David R. Adler (Philadelphia Inquirer, JazzTimes)

NEW RELEASES

1 Michael Brecker Pilgrimage Heads Up
2 Joe Lovano & Hank Jones Kids: Live at Dizzy’s Blue Note
3 Bill McHenry Roses Sunnyside
4 Maria Schneider Sky Blue ArtistShare
5 Jason Lindner Big Band Live at the Jazz Gallery Anzic
6 Joshua Redman Back East Nonesuch
7 Enrico Pieranunzi Live In Japan CAM Jazz
8 David Murray Sacred Ground Justin Time
9 Michael Blake Amor de Cosmos Songlines
10 Human Feel Galore Skirl

REISSUES

1 Bob Mintzer & Gil Goldstein Longing Owl/Sunnyside
2 Bennie Maupin The Jewel in the Lotus ECM
3 Charles Mingus In Paris: The Complete America SessionSunnyside

VOCAL

Andy Bey Ain’t Necessarily So 12th Street

DEBUT

Tyshawn Sorey That/Not Firehouse 12

LATIN

Marlon Simon & the Nagual Spirits In Case You Missed It Jazzheads


Larry Applebaum (JazzTimes; WPFW-FM, Washington, D.C.)

NEW RELEASES

1 Anat Cohen Poetica Anzic
2 Paul Motian Time and Time Again ECM
3 Michael Brecker Pilgrimage Heads Up
4 McCoy Tyner Quartet High Note/McCoy Tyner Music
5 Helen Sung Sungbird Sunnyside
6 Herbie Hancock River: The Joni Letters Verve
7 Trio M Big Picture Cryptogramophone
8 Joe Lovano & Hank Jones Kids Blue Note
9 Nicole Mitchell Black Unstoppable Delmark
10 Howard Wiley Angola Project Howard Wiley

REISSUES

1 Roy Haynes A Life In Time: The Roy Haynes Story Dreyfus
2 Miles Davis The Complete On The Corner Sessions Columbia/Legacy
3 King Oliver Off The Record: The Complete 1923 Jazz Band Recordings Off the Record

VOCAL

Jackie Ryan You and the Night and the Music Open Art

DEBUT

Tyshawn Sorey That/Not Firehouse 12

LATIN

Bobby Sanabria Big Band Urban Folktales Jazzheads


Paul Blair (Hot House)

NEW RELEASES (listed alphabetically, 5.5 points each)

Gregg August One Peace Iacuessa Music
Ruby Braff C’est Magnifique Arbors
Claudia Quintet For Cuneiform
Alan Ferber The Compass Fresh Sound New Talent
Flat Earth Society Psychoscout Crammed Disc
Conrad Herwig A Jones For Bones Tones Criss Cross
Chris Jentsch Brooklyn Suite Fleur De Son
Marvin Stamm Alone Together Jazzed Media
Gary Versace Reminiscence Steeplechase
Craig Yaremko Sync Jazz Excursion

REISSUES

No choices

VOCAL

No choice

DEBUT

Chris Jentsch Brooklyn Suite Fleur De Son?

LATIN

No choice


Larry Blumenfeld (Jazziz, Wall Street Journal, Village Voice)

NEW RELEASES

1 Charles Mingus Cornell, 1964 Blue Note
2 Herbie Hancock River: The Joni Letters Verve
3 Terence Blanchard A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina) Blue Note
4 Thelonious Monk Live at the 1964 Monterey Jazz Festival MJF/Concord
5 Paul Motian Time and Time Again ECM
6 Abbey Lincoln Abbey Sings Abbey Verve
7 Maria Schneider Sky Blue ArtistShare
8 Marty Ehrlich & Myra Melford Spark! Palmetto
9 Alvin Batiste Marsalis Music Honors Marsalis Music
10 Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake From the River to the Ocean Thrill Jockey

REISSUES

1 John Coltrane Interplay Prestige
2 Miles Davis The Complete on the Corner Sessions SONY/Legacy
3 Roy Haynes A Life in Time: The Roy Haynes Story Dreyfus

VOCAL

Abbey Lincoln Abbey Sings Abbey Verve

DEBUT

Tyshawn Sorey That/Not Firehouse 12

LATIN

Orestes Valido Kimbombó Envida


Stuart Broomer (Signal to Noise, pointofdeparture.org)

NEW RELEASES

1 Anthony Braxton 9 Compositions (Iridium) 2006 Firehouse 12
2 Derek Bailey Standards Tzadik
3 Evan Parker-Barry Guy-Paul Lytton Zafiro Maya
4 Connie Crothers Music Is a Place New Artists
5 Steve Lehman On Meaning Pi
6 His Name Is Alive Sweet Earth Flower: A Tribute to Marion Brown?High Two
7 Roscoe Mitchell Composition/Improvisation Nos. 1, 2, & 3 ECM
8 Bruce Eisenbeil Inner Constellation Nemu
9 Charles Mingus Cornell 1964 Blue Note
10 SteveLacy & Roswell Rudd Early and Late Cuneiform

REISSUES

1 Andrew Hill Compulsion Blue Note
2 Fred Katz Folk Songs for Far Out Folk Reboot
3 Norman Howard Burn Baby Burn ESP Disk

VOCAL

Phil Minton Slur Emanem

DEBUT

Alipio C Neto The Perfume Comes Before the Flower Clean Feed

LATIN

David Binney & Edward Simon Océanos Criss Cross


Nate Chinen (New York Times, JazzTimes)

NEW RELEASES

1 Michael Brecker Pilgrimage Heads Up
2 Charles Mingus Cornell 1964 Blue Note
3 Paul Motian-Bill Frisell-Joe Lovano Time and Time Again ECM
4 Mike Moreno Between the Lines World Culture Music
5 Bill McHenry Roses Sunnyside
6 Maria Schneider Sky Blue ArtistShare
7 Joshua Redman Back East Nonesuch
8 Pat Metheny & Brad Mehldau Quartet Nonesuch
9 Exploding Star Orchestra We Are All From Somewhere Else Thrill Jockey
10 Herbie Hancock River: The Joni Letters Verve

REISSUES

1 Dewey Redman The Struggle Continues ECM
2 Kenny Cox Introducing Kenny Cox And The Contemporary Jazz Quintet Blue Note
3 Miles Davis The Complete On the Corner Sessions Columbia/Legacy

VOCAL

Abbey Lincoln Abbey Sings Abbey Verve

DEBUT

Mike Moreno Between the Lines World Culture Music

LATIN

Spanish Harlem Orchestra United We Swing Six Degrees


Thomas Conrad (JazzTimes, Stereophile)

NEW RELEASES

1 Miles Davis Live At The 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival Concord/Monterey Jazz Festival
2 Maria Schneider Sky Blue ArtistShare
3 Stefano Battaglia Re: Pasolini ECM
4 Carla Bley The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu ECM/Watt
5 John Abercrombie The Third Quartet ECM
6 Keith Jarrett-Gary Peacock-Jack DeJohnette My Foolish Heart ECM
7 McCoy Tyner Quartet McCoy Tyner Music
8 Joshua Redman Back East Nonesuch
9 Tardo Hammer Stop Look & Listen: The Music Of Tadd Dameron Sharp Nine
10 Tierney Sutton On The Other Side Telarc

REISSUES

1 Patricia Barber The Premonition Years: 1994-2002 Premonition
2 John Coltrane Interplay Prestige
3 The Best Of Von Freeman On Premonition Premonition

VOCAL

Tierney Sutton On The Other Side Telarc

DEBUT

Zaid Nasser Escape From New York Smalls

LATIN

Eugene Marlow Wonderful Discovery (MEII)


Francis Davis (Village Voice, The Atlantic)

NEW RELEASES

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

1 Miles Davis The Complete On the Corner Sessions Columbia/Legacy
2 Michael Garrick Moonscape Trunk
3 Sun Ra The Night of the Purple Moon Atavistic/Unheard Music

VOCAL

No choice

DEBUT

No choice

LATIN

No choice


Will Friedwald (New York Sun)

NEW RELEASES

1 Harry Allen & Joe Cohn Music from Guys & Dolls Arbors
2 Charles Mingus Cornell 1964 Blue Note(ditto)
3 Anat Cohen Noir Anzic
4 Sue Raney A Tribute to Doris Day: Heart’s Desire Fresh Sound
5 Bill Charlap Live at the Village Vanguard Blue Note
6 Joe Lovano & Hank Jones Kids: Live at Dizzy’s Blue Note
7 Terence Blanchard A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina) Blue Note
8 Carol Sloane Dearest Duke Arbors
9 Herbie Hancock River: The Joni Letters Verve
10 Steve Lacy & Roswell Rudd Early and Late Cuneiform

REISSUES

1 King Oliver Off the Record: The Complete 1923 Jazz Band Recordings Off the Record
2 Lionel Hampton The Complete Victor Sessions, 1937-1941 Mosaic
3 Art Pepper Unreleased Art, Vol. 1 – The Complete Abashiri Concert, November, 22, 1981 Widow’s Taste

VOCAL

Sue Raney A Tribute to Doris Day: Heart’s Desire Fresh Sound

DEBUT

Champian Fulton With David Berger and The Sultans of Swing: Champian Such Sweet Thunder

LATIN

Bobby Sanabria Big Band Urban Folktales Jazzheads


Kurt Gottschalk (All About Jazz, Signal to Noise)

NEW RELEASES

1 Sylvie Courvoisier Lonelyville Intakt
2 John Coxon & Wadada Leo Smith Brooklyn Duos Treader
3 Mostly Other People Do The Killing Shamokin!!! Hot Cup
4 John Butcher The Geometry of Sentiment Emanem
5 Jorrit Dijkstra & John Hollenbeck Sequence Trytone
6 Sainkho Namchylak & Roy Carroll Tuva-Irish Live Music Project Leo
7 Swami LatePlate (Bobby Previte & Jamie Saft) Doom Jazz Veal
8 Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake From the River to the Ocean Thrill Jockey
9 Aki Takase & Silke Eberhard Ornette Coleman Anthology Intakt
10 Territory Band-6 with Fred Anderson – Collide Okka

REISSUES

No choices

VOCAL

No choice

DEBUT

Tyshawn Sorey That/Not Firehouse 12

LATIN

No choice


Tom Greenland (All About Jazz—New York)

NEW RELEASES

1 Dee Dee Bridgewater Red Earth: A Malian Journey DDB/Emarcy
2 Maria Schneider Sky Blue ArtistShare
3 The Claudia Quintet For Cuneiform
4 Omer Avital Room to Grow Smalls
5 John Blum Astrogeny Quartet Eremite

REISSUES

No choices

VOCAL

Dee Dee Bridgewater Red Earth: A Malian Journey DDB/Emarcy

DEBUT

No choice

LATIN

No choice


David Hajdu (The New Republic)

NEW RELEASES

1 Terence Blanchard A Tale of God's Will Blue Note
2 Joe Lovano & Hank Jones Kids: Live at Dizzy's Blue Note
3 Miles Davis Live at the 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival MJF/Concord
4 Mark Murphy Love Is What Stays Verve
5 Bill Charlap Trio Live at the Village Vanguard Blue Note
6 Abbey Lincoln Abbey Sings Abbey Verve
7. Bill Holman Hommage Jazzed Media
8 Chris Potter Follow the Red Line: Live at the Village Vanguard Sunnyside
9 Maria Schneider Sky Blue Artist Share
10 Dave Douglas Moonshine Greenleaf

REISSUES

1 Onzy Matthews Mosaic Select
2 Duke Ellington Newport 1958 Mosaic Records
3 Lee Wiley East of the Sun Mosaic Records

VOCAL

Mark Murphy Love Is What Stays Verve

DEBUT

Tyshawn Sorey That/Not Firehouse 12

LATIN

Michel Camilo Spirit of the Moment Telarc


James Hale (Coda, Downbeat)

NEW RELEASES

1 Maria Schneider Sky Blue ArtistShare
2 Dino Saluzzi & Anja Lechner Ojos Negros ECM
3 Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake From The River To The Ocean Thrill Jockey
4 Dave Douglas Live At The Jazz Standard Greenleaf
5 John Abercrombie The Third Quartet ECM
6 Paul Motian Time And Time Again ECM
7 Trio M Big Picture Cryptogramophone
8 Michael Brecker Pilgrimage Heads Up
9 Michael Musillami Trio w/Mark Feldman The Treatment Playscape
10 Brad Shepik Places You Go Songlines

REISSUES

1 Miles Davis The Complete On The Corner Sessions Columbia/Legacy
2 Dewey Redman The Struggle Continues ECM
3 Fred Katz Folk Songs For Far Out Folk Reboot Stereophonic

VOCAL

Laura Crema Spring Is Here Maximum Jazz

DEBUT

Tyshawn Sorey That/Not Firehouse 12

LATIN

Conrad Herwig Sketches Of Spain Y Mas: The Latin Side Of Miles Davis HalfNote


Ed Hazell (Signal to Noise, Jazziz)

NEW RELEASES

1 Charles Mingus Cornell 1964 Blue Note
2 Steve Lacy & Roswell Rudd Early and LateCuneiform
3 Paul Bley Solo in Mondsee ECM
4 Roscoe Mitchell Composition/Improvisation Nos. 1, 2 & 3 ECM
5 William Parker Corn Meal Dance AUM Fidelity
6 Peter Evans Quartet! Firehouse 12
7 Wadada Leo Smith & Gunter “Baby" Sommer Wisdom in TimeIntakt
8 The Blueprint Project & Han Bennink People I Like Creative Nation
9 Uri Caine Plays Mozart Winter & Winter
10 Pablo Aslan Buenos Aires Tango Standards Zoho

REISSUES

1 Miles Davis The Complete On the Corner Sessions Columbia/Legacy
2 Horace Tapscott Dial B for Barbara Nimbus West
3 Dewey Redman The Struggle Continues ECM

VOCAL

No choice

DEBUT

No choice

LATIN

Pablo Aslan Buenos Aires Tango Standards Zoho


Don Heckman (Los Angeles Times, JazzTimes)

NEW RELEASES

1 Michael Brecker Pilgrimage Heads Up
2 Joshua Redman Back East Nonesuch
3 Maria Schneider Sky Blue ArtistShare
4 Chick Corea & Bela Fleck The Enchantment Concord
5 Joe Zawinul Brown Street Heads Up
6 Ron Carter Dear Miles Blue Note
7 Stefano Battaglia Pasolini ECM
8 Jackie Ryan You and the Night and the Music Open Art
9 Gerald Wilson Monterey Moods Mack Avenue
10 Robert Glasper In My Element Blue Note

REISSUES

1 John Coltrane Interplay Prestige
2 Billie Holiday Rare Live Recordings 1934 – 1959 ESP-Disk
3 King Oliver Off The Record: The Complete 1923 Jazz Band Recordings Off the Record

VOCAL

Jackie Ryan You and the Night and the Music Open Art

DEBUT

No choice

LATIN

No choice


Tad Hendrickson (Global Rhythm, AOL)

NEW RELEASES

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

No choice


George Kanzler (Hot House, JazzTimes, All About Jazz—New York)

NEW RELEASES

1 Michael Brecker Pilgrimage Heads Up
2 Maria Schneider Sky Blue ArtistShare
3 Anat Cohen Noir Anzic
4 Dee Dee Bridgewater Red Earth: A Malian Journey DDB/Emarcy5 Tierney Sutton On the Other Side Telarc
6. Jack Cortner Fast Track Jazzed Media
7 Joe Lovano & Hank Jones Kids: Live at Dizzy’s Blue Note
8 Charles Tolliver With Love Blue Note
9. Charles Mingus Cornell 1964 Blue Note?10 Harry Allen & Joe Cohn Guys and Dolls Arbors

REISSUES

1 Duke Ellington The Complete 1936-1940 Variety, Vocalion & Okeh Small Group Sessions Mosaic
2 Billie Holiday: Lady Day: The Master Takes and Singles Columbia/Legacy
3 Frank Sinatra A Voice In Time (1939-1952) Columbia/Legacy

VOCAL

Dee Dee Bridgewater Red Earth: A Malian Journey DDB/Emarcy

DEBUT

Hope Waits Hope Waits Radarproof

LATIN

Bobby Sanabria Big Band Urban Folktales Jazzheads


Fred Kaplan (Slate, Stereophile)

NEW RELEASES

1 Charles Mingus Cornell 1964 Blue Note
2 Maria Schneider Sky Blue ArtistShare
3 Erik Friedlander Block Ice & Propane SkipStone
4 Anat Cohen Poetica Anzic
5 Carla Bley The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu Watt/ECM
6 Paul Bley Mondsee Variations ECM
7 Herbie Hancock River: The Joni Letters Verve
8 Paul Motian-Bill Frisell-Joe Lovano Time and Time Again ECM
9 Joe Lovano & Hank Jones Kids: Live at Dizzy’s Blue Note
10 Kendra Shank A Spirit Free: Abbey Lincoln Songbook Challenge

REISSUES

No choices

VOCAL

Kendra Shank A Spirit Free: Abbey Lincoln Songbook Challenge

DEBUT

No choice

LATIN

No choice


Suzanne Lorge (All About Jazz—New York)

NEW RELEASES

1 Abbey Lincoln Abbey Sings Abbey Verve
2 DeeDee Bridgewater Red Earth: A Malian Journey DDB/Emarcy
3 Freddie Cole Music Maestro Please HighNote
4 Andy Bey Ain't Necessarily So 12th Street
5 Tierney Sutton On The Other Side Telarc
6 Patti Austin Avant Gershwin Rendevous Entertainment
7 Kurt Elling Nightmoves Concord
8 George Mraz & Iva Bittova Moravian Gems Cube Metier
9 Com Você Candeias Nocturne
10 Ingrid Lucia & The Flying Neutrinos Don’t Stop DIY

REISSUES

1 Frank Sinatra A Voice In Time (1939-1952) Columbia/Legacy
2 Billie Holiday Lady Day: The Master Takes and Singles Columbia/Legacy
3 Johnny Mercer Mosaic Select

VOCAL

Abbey Lincoln Abbey Sings Abbey Verve

DEBUT

Champian Fulton With David Berger and The Sultans of Swing Champian Such Sweet Thunder

LATIN

Com Você Candeias Nocturne


John McDonough (Downbeat, Wall Street Journal)

NEW RELEASES

1 Joshua Redman Back East Nonesuch
2 Keith Jarrett-Gary Peacock-Jack DeJohnette My Foolish Heart ECM
3 Ruby Braff And the Flying Pizzarellies Arbors
4 Dave Liebman & Manhattan School of Music Orch Miles Ahead MSM
5 Bill Charlap Live at Village Vanguard Blue Note
6 Joe Lovano & Hank Jones Kids: Live at Dizzy's Blue Note
7 Oscar Peterson & Ella Fitzgerald JATP Lausanne 1953 TCB
8 Miles Davis Live at Monterey 1963 MJF/Concord
9 Maria Schneider Sky Blue ArtistShare
10 Alan Vaché With Benny in Mind Arbors

REISSUES

1 Lionel Hampton The Complete Victor Sessions, 1937-1941 Mosaic
2 Duke Ellington The Complete 1936-1940 Variety,Vocalion and Okeh Small Group Sessions Mosaic
3 John Coltrane Interplay Prestige

VOCAL

No choice

DEBUT

No choice

LATIN

No choice


Jim Macnie (Village Voice, Downbeat, VH1.com)

NEW RELEASES

1 Joe Lovano & Hank Jones Kids: Live at Dizzy’s Blue Note
2 Maria Schneider Sky Blue ArtistShare
3 Abbey Lincoln Abbey Sings Abbey Verve
4 Jewels and Binoculars Ships With Tattooed Sails Upshot
5 David Torn Prezens ECM
6 Miles Davis Live At the 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival MJF/Concord
7 Anat Fort A Long Story ECM
8 Bill McHenry Roses Sunnyside
9 Eric Friedlander Block Ice & Propane SkipStone
10 Joe Fiedler The Crab Clean Feed

REISSUES

1 Miles Davis The Complete On the Corner Sessions Columbia/Legacy
2 John Coltrane Interplay Prestige
3 Fred Katz Folk Songs for Far Out Folk Reboot

VOCAL

Abbey Lincoln Abbey Sings Abbey Verve

DEBUT

Amir ElSaffar Two Rivers Pi

LATIN

Bobby Sanabria Big Band Urban Folktales Jazzheads


Howard Mandel (Wire, Downbeat, Signal to Noise)

NEW RELEASES

1 Herbie Hancock River: The Joni Letters Verve
2 Maria Schneider Sky Blue ArtistShare
3 Indigo Trio Live in Montreal Greenleaf
4 Taylor Ho Bynum & Tomas Fujiwara True Events 482 Music
5 Nublu Orchestra Coinducted by Butch Morris Nublu
6 Consider the Source Esperanto (s/r)
7 Trio M Big Picture Cryptogramophone
8 Ned Rothenberg Inner Diaspora Tzadik
9 Bobby Hebb That’s All I Wanna Know Intuition
10 John McLaughlin-Jaco Pastorius-Tony Williams Trio of Doom Columbia/Legacy

REISSUES

1 Miles Davis The Complete On The Corner Sessions Columbia/Legacy
2 Miles Davis Evolution of the Groove Sony
3 Smorgasbord Vorspien ESP Disk

VOCAL

Bobby Hebb That’s All I Wanna Know Intuition

DEBUT

No choice

LATIN

No choice


John Matouk (jazz.about.com)

NEW RELEASES

1 Kenny Burrell 75th Birthday Bash Live! Blue Note
2 Dee Dee Bridgewater Red Earth (A Malian Journey) DDB/Emarcy
3 Maria Schneider Sky Blue ArtistShare
4 Terence Blanchard A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina) Blue Note
5 Herbie Hancock River: The Joni Letters Verve
6 Billy Taylor & Gerry Mulligan Live at MCG MCG
7 Charles Tolliver With Love Blue Note/Mosaic
8 Gerald Wilson Monterey Moods Mack Avenue
9 Michael Brecker Pilgrimage Heads Up
10 Abbey Lincoln Abbey Sings Abbey Verve

REISSUES

1 Charles Mingus Tijuana Moods BMG
2 Miles Davis Evolution of the Groove Sony
3 Clark Terry Serenade to a Bus Seat Riverside/Keepnews Collection

VOCAL

Dee Dee Bridgewater Red Earth (A Malian Journey) DDB/Emarcy

DEBUT

No choice

LATIN

Muiza Adnet Sings Moacir Santos Adventure Music


Bill Milkowski (JazzTimes, Jazziz)

NEW RELEASES

1 Maria Schneider Sky Blue ArtistShare
2 Chris Potter Song For Anyone Sunnyside
3 Michael Brecker Pilgrimage Heads Up
4 Joe Zawinul Brown Street Heads Up
5 McCoy Tyner Quartet McCoy Tyner Muisc/Half Note
6 Terence Blanchard A Tale Of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina Blue Note
7 Joshua Redman Back East Nonesuch
8 Herbie Hancock River: The Joni Letters Verve
9 Paul Motian Time And Time Again ECM
10 John Abercrombie The Third Quartet ECM

REISSUES

1 Thelonious Monk Plays Ellington Riverside/Keepnews Collection
2 George Russell Ezz-thetics Riverside
3 Red Garland Soul Junction Prestige

VOCAL

Fay Victor Cartwheels Through the Cosmos Artist Share

DEBUT

Antonio Sanchez Migration CamJazz

LATIN

Bobby Sanabria Big Band Urban Folk Tales Jazzheads


Dan Morgenstern (Annual Review of Jazz Studies, WBGO-FM)

NEW RELEASES

1 Joe Lovano/Hank Jones Kids: Live at Dizzy’s Blue Note
2 Bill Holman Hommage Jazzed Media
3 Charles Mingus Cornell 1964 Blue Note
4 The Benny Carter Centennial Project Evening Star
5 Bennie Wallace Disorder at the Border Justin Time
6 Anat Cohen Poetica Anzic
7 Joe Cohn Restless Arbors
8 Dave Brubeck Indian Summer Telarc
9 Jason Lindner Live at the Jazz Gallery Anzic
10 Joshua Redman Back East Nonesuch

REISSUES

l Chu Berry Classic Columbia and Victor Sessions Mosaic
2 Duke Ellington The Complete 1936-1940 Variety,Vocalion and Okeh Small Group Sessions Mosaic
3 Al Cohn/Joe Newman/Freddie Green Mosaic Select

VOCAL

Patti Austin Avant-Gershwin Rendezvous Entertainment

DEBUT

No choice

LATIN

Paquito D’Rivera Funk Tango Sunnyside


Russ Musto (All About Jazz—New York)

NEW RELEASES

1 Dee Dee Bridgewater Red Earth DDB/Emarcy
2 McCoy Tyner Quartet McCoy Tyner Music/HalfNote
3 Wallace Roney Jazz HighNote
4 Robert Glasper In My Element Blue Note
5 Maria Schneider Sky Blue ArtistShare?6 Insight A Genesis (s/r) Miles High
7 Anat Cohen Poetica Anzic
8 Willie Williams Comet Ride
9 Jeff “Tain” Watts & the Ebonix Folk’s Music Black Keys
10 David Murray Sacred Ground Justin Time

REISSUES

1 Roy Haynes A Life In Time: The Roy Haynes Story Dreyfus
2 Ray Barretto The Essential Ray Barretto: A Man His Music
3 Dewey Redman The Struggle Continues ECM

VOCAL

Dee Dee Bridgewater Red Earth DDB/Emarcy

DEBUT

Insight A Genesis (s/r) Miles High

LATIN

Logan Richardson Cerebral Flow Fresh Sound New Talent


Dan Ouellette (Billboard, Downbeat, napster.com)

NEW RELEASES

1 Herbie Hancock River: The Joni Letters Verve
2 Terence Blanchard A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina) Blue Note
3 Michael Brecker Pilgrimage Heads Up
4 Dee Dee Bridgewater Red Earth EmArcy
5 Joe Zawinul Brown Street Heads Up
6 Charlie Hunter Mistico Fantasy/Concord
7 Floratone Blue Note
8 Slow Poke At Home Palmetto
9 Joshua Redman Back East Nonesuch
10 David Murray Sacred Ground Justin Time

REISSUES

1 Miles Davis The Complete On the Corner Sessions Columbia/Legacy
2 George Russell Ezz-thetics (Riverside/Keepnews Collection
3 Joe Henderson Power to the People Milestone/Keepnews Collection

VOCAL

Dee Dee Bridgewater Red Earth EmArcy

DEBUT

Waverly Seven Yo! Bobby Anzic

LATIN

Bobby Sanabria Big Band Urban Folk Tales Jazzheads


Ted Panken (Downbeat, Jazziz, WKCR-FM)

NEW RELEASES (listed alphabetically, 5.5 points each)

The Bad Plus Prog Heads Up
Anthony Braxton 9 Compositions, Iridium, 2006 Firehouse 12
Michael Brecker Pilgrimage Heads Up
Wynton Marsalis & JALC Orchestra Congo Square-Love, Libation, Liberation JALC
Charles Mingus Cornell, 1964 Blue Note
Steve Nelson Sound Effect HighNote
Chris Potter Follow the Red Line-Live at the Village Vanguard Sunnyside
Maria Schneider Sky Blue Artist Share
Kendrick Scott (Oracle) The Source World Culture
Jeff “Tain” Watts & the Ebonix Folk’s Music Black Keys

REISSUES (listed alphabetically, 2 points each)

Duke Ellington The Complete 1936-1940 Variety, Vocalion & Okeh Small Group Sessions Mosaic
Billie Holiday Rare Recordings 1934-1959 ESP-Disk
Ben Webster Dig Ben Storyville

VOCAL

Kurt Elling Night Moves Concord

DEBUT

Kendrick Scott (Oracle) The Source World Culture

LATIN

No choice

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