2007 Jazz Poll Ballots: P-Z

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

Thierry Peremarti (Jazzman)

NEW RELEASES

1 Maria Schneider Sky Blue ArtistShare
2 Steve Lehman On Meaning Pi
3 Chris Potter Follow the Red Line: Live at the Village Vanguard Sunnyside
4 Jean-Michel Pilc New Dreams Dreyfus
5 Martial Solal Solitude Cam Jazz
6 The Bad Plus Prog Heads Up
7 Manu Codjia Songlines Beejazz
8 Michael Brecker Pilgrimage Heads Up
9 Muhal Richard Abrams Vision Towards Essence Pi
10 Bill McHenry Roses Sunnyside

REISSUES

1 Miles Davis The Complete On The Corner Sessions Columbia/Legacy
2 Fred Katz Folk Songs For Far Out Folk Reboot
3 Peter Brötzmann The Complete Machine Gun Sessions Atavistic/Unheard Music

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Elisabeth Kontomanou Back to My Groove MFA

DEBUT

Tyshawn Sorey That/Not Firehouse 12

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Paquito D’Rivera Funk Tango Sunnyside


Bob Porter (WBGO-FM)

NEW RELEASES

1 Harry Allen Hits by Brits Challenge
2 Evan Christopher Delta Bound Arbors
3 Harry Allen & Joe Cohn Music from Guys and Dolls Arbors
4 Jimmy Cobb Cobb’s Corner Chesky
5 Jon-Erik Kellso Blue Roof Blues Arbors
6 Kenny Burrell 75th Birthday Bash Blue Note
7 Bob French Marsalis Music Honors Marsalis Music
8 Jazz at the Philharmonic Hamburg 2/29/56 Fresh Sound
9 Harry Connick, Jr Chanson du Vieux Carre Marsalis Music
10 Bill Easley Businessman’s Bounce 18th & Vine

REISSUES

1 Chu Berry Classic Columbia & Victor Sessions Mosaic
2 Cat Anderson Cat’s In The Alley Fresh Sound
3 Dave McKenna Piano Solo Fresh Sound

VOCAL

Deborah Cox Destination Moon Decca

DEBUT

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Doug Ramsey (JazzTimes, www.artsjournal.com/rifftides)

NEW RELEASES

1 Maria Schneider Sky Blue Artist Share
2 Bill Holman Hommage Jazzed Media
3 Keith Jarrett-Gary Peacock-Jack DeJohnette: My Foolish Heart ECM
4 Bill Charlap Live at the Village Vanguard Blue Note
5 John Gross-Dave Frishberg-Charlie Doggett Strange Feeling Diatic
6 Larry Willis Blue Fable HighNote
7 Charles Mingus Cornell 1964 Blue Note
8 Pinky Winters Speak Low Cellar Door
9 Jan Lundgren A Swinging Rendezvous Marshmallow
10 Gerald Wilson Monterey Moods Mack Avenue

REISSUES

1 Zoot Sims Plays Tenor & 4 Altos Fresh Sound
2 Carmen McRae Live at Sugar Hill Time
3 Clifford Jordan Glass Bead Games Harvest Song

VOCAL

Pinky Winters Speak Low Cellar Door

DEBUT

Antonio Sanchez Migration Camjazz

LATIN

Hector Martnignon Refugee Zoho


Derk Richardson (The Absolute Sound, sfgate.com)

NEW RELEASES

1 Nels Cline Singers Draw Breath Cryptogramophone
2 Charles Mingus Cornell 1964 Blue Note)
3 Muhal Richard Abrams Vision Towards Essence Pi
4 Alan Pasqua The Antisocial Club Cryptogramophone
5 Satoko Fujii Bacchus Muzak
6 Carla Bley The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu ECM
7 Trio M Big Picture Cryptogramophone
8 David S. Ware Renunciation AUM Fidelity
9 David Torn Prezens ECM
10 David Murray Sacred Ground Justin Time

REISSUES

1 Miles Davis The Complete On the Corner Sessions Columbia Legacy
2 Chu Berry Classic Columbia and Victor Sessions Mosaic
3 Andrew Hill Compulsion Blue Note

VOCAL

George Mraz & Iva Bittova Moravian Gems CubeMetier

DEBUT

Exploding Star Orchestra We Are All From Somewhere Else Thrill Jockey

LATIN

John Santos Papa Mambo Machete


Bob Rusch (Cadence)

NEW RELEASES

1 Mark Murphy Love Is What Stays Verve
2 Benjamin Koppel Babop Cowbell
3 Brooklyn Repertory Ensemble Pragmatic Optimism 360
4 Rodrigo Amado Surface European Echoes
5 Sam Newsome Monk Abstractions Sam Newsome
6 Steve Lacy & Roswell Rudd Early and Late Cuneiform
7 Alan Barnes & Scott Hamilton Zootcase Woodville
8 Hanna Richardson Live at the Fleece Lala
9 Joe Fonda & Ramon Lopez Silent Cascade Konnex
10 Irene Schweizer-Hamid Drake-Fred Anderson Willisau & Taktlos Intak

REISSUES

No choices

VOCAL

Mark Murphy Love Is What Stays Verve

DEBUT

Rodrigo Amado Surface European Echoes

LATIN

No choices


Gene Seymour (Newsday)

NEW RELEASES

1 Charles Mingus Cornell 1964 Blue Note
2 Anat Cohen Poetica Anzic
3 Terence Blanchard A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina Blue Note
4 Joe Lovano & Hank Jones Kids: Live at Dizzy’s Blue Note
5 Herbie Hancock River: The Joni Letters Verve
6 Sam Yahel Truth and Beauty Origin
7 Carla Bley The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu Watt/ECM
8 John Abercrombie The Third Quartet ECM
9 McCoy Tyner Quartet McCoy Tyner Music/HalfNote
10 Maria Schneider Sky Blue Artist Share)

REISSUES

No choices

VOCAL

Kendra Shank A Spirit Free: Abbey Lincoln Songbook Challenge

DEBUT

No choice

LATIN

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Bill Shoemaker (pointofdeparture.org)

NEW RELEASES

1 William Parker Corn Meal Dance AUM Fidelity
2 Roscoe Mitchell Composition/Improvisation Nos. 1, 2 & 3 ECM
3 Uri Caine Plays Mozart Winter & Winter
4 Muhal Richard Abrams Vision Towards Essence Pi
5 McCoy Tyner McCoy Tyner Quartet McCoy Tyner Music/HalfNote
6 Ned Rothenberg Inner Diaspora Tzadik
7 Fred Anderson & Harrison Bankhead The Great Vision Concert Ayler
8 Connie Crothers Music is a Place New Artists
9 Stan Tracey Orchestra At the Appleby Jazz Festival ReSteamed
10 Harris Eisenstadt The All Seeing Eye + Octet Poo-Bah

REISSUES

1 Philip Cohran And the Artistic Heritage Ensemble Kelan-Zulu/Katalyst
2 Dewey Redman The Struggle Continues ECM
3 John Stevens & Evan Parker: Corner to Corner & The Longest Night Ogun

VOCAL

Dominique Eade & Jed Wilson Open Jazz Project

DEBUT

Amir ElSaffar Two Rivers Pi

LATIN

Bobby Sanabria Big Band Urban Folktales Jazzheads


Slim (Cadence)

NEW RELEASES

1 Mal Waldron & David Frisesen Remembering Mal Soul Note
2 Ramon Lopez-Joe Fonda-Bruno Angelini Silent Cascade Konnex
3 Antfarm Quartet Dialogues Part 2 Dreambox
4 Leo Smith & Gunter Baby Sommer Wisdom in Time Intakt
5 Aki Takase & Silke Eberhard Ornette Coleman Anthology Intakt

REISSUES

No choices

VOCAL

Mark Murphy Love Is What Stays Verve

DEBUT

No choice

LATIN

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Steve Smith (Time Out New York, nightafternight.blogs.com)

NEW RELEASES

1 Tyshawn Sorey That/Not Firehouse 12
2 Robert Glasper In My Element Blue Note
3 Muhal Richard Abrams Vision Towards Essence Pi
4 Exploding Star Orchestra We Are All from Somewhere Else Thrill Jockey
5 Sam Sadigursky The Words Project New Amsterdam
6 Tim Berne's Bloodcount Seconds Screwgun
7 The Bad Plus Prog Do the Math/Heads Up
8 Brad Shepik Places You Go Songlines
9 Myra Melford & Tanya Kalmanovitch Heart Mountain Perspicacity
10 Amir ElSaffar Two Rivers Pi

REISSUES

1 Miles Davis The Complete On the Corner Sessions Columbia/Legacy
2 Bennie Maupin The Jewel in the Lotus ECM
3 Charles Mingus In Paris: The Complete America Recordings Sunnyside

VOCAL

Sam Sadigursky The Words Project New Amsterdam

DEBUT

Tyshawn Sorey That/Not Firehouse 12

LATIN

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Zan Stewart (Newark Star-Ledger)

NEW RELEASES

1 McCoy Tyner Quartet McCoy Tyner Music/HalfNote
2 Joel Frahm We Used to Dance Anzic
3 Tom Harrell Light On High Note
4 Tardo Hammer Look Stop & Listen: The Music of Tadd Dameron Sharp Nine
5 Joe Lovano & Hank Jones Kids: Live at Dizzy’s Blue Note
6 Mark Sherman Family First Miles High
7 Grant Stewart In the Still of the Night Sharp Nine
8 Dave Stryker & Steve Slagel Latest Outlook ZoHo
9 Charles Davis Land of Dreams Smalls
10 Sonny Fortune You and the Night and the Music 18th and Vine

REISSUES

1 John Coltrane Interplay Prestige
2 McCoy Tyner Mosaic Select
3 Tony Williams Mosaic Select

VOCAL

Amy London When I Look Into Your Eyes Motema

DEBUT

Zaid Nasser Escape From New York Smalls

LATIN

Bobby Sanabria Big Band Urban Folktales Jazzheads?


Jeff Stockton (All About Jazz—New York)

NEW RELEASES

1 William Parker Corn Meal Dance AUM Fidelity
2 David Murray Sacred Ground Justin Time
3 Powerhouse Sound Oslo/Chicago: Breaks Atavistic
4 Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake From the River to the Ocean Thrill Jockey
5 Rob Brown Sounds Clean Feed
6 Andy Bey Ain’t Necessarily So 12th St.
7 Steve Swell Swimming in a Galaxy of Goodwill and Sorrow Rogue Art
8 Alvin Fielder A Measure of Vision Clean Feed
9 Miles Davis Winter in Europe 1967 Gambit
10 Omer Avital Room to Grow Smalls

REISSUES

1 Albert Ayler Hilversum Sessions ESP-Disk
2 Andrew Hill Compulsion Blue Note

VOCAL

Andy Bey Ain’t Necessarily So 12th St.

DEBUT

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LATIN

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W. Royal Stokes (jazzhouse.org, wroyalstokes.com)

NEW RELEASES

1 Evan Christopher Delta Bound Arbors
2 Maria Schneider Sky Blue ArtistShare
3 Steve Lacy & Roswell Rudd Early and Late Cuneiform
4 Anat Cohen Noir Anzic
5 Gerald Wilson Monterey Moods Mack Avenue
6 Anat Fort A Long Story ECM
7 Eldar Re-imagination Masterworks Jazz/Sony BMG
8 Bill Mays Inventions Trio Palmetto
9 Pink Martini Hey Eugene! Heinz
10 Mike Markaverich Reel Time Standards Marktime

REISSUES

1 Lionel Hampton The Complete Victor Sessions, 1937-1941 Mosaic
2 Billie Holiday Lady Day: The Master Takes and Singles Columbia/Legacy
3 Jim Robinson Economy Hall Breakdown Delmark

VOCAL

Dee Dee Bridgewater Red Earth DDB/Decca

DEBUT

Sandy Asirvatham Memoir JazzGrrl Music

LATIN

Papo Vazquez From the Badlands Picaro


John Szwed (Signal to Noise, Wire)

NEW RELEASES

1 Steve Harris & Zaum I Hope You Never Love Anything as Much as I Love You Amazon
2 Anthony Braxton 9 Compositions (Iridium) 2006. Firehouse 12
3 Joe Lovano & Hank Jones Kids: Live at Dizzy’s Blue Note
4 Antoine Herve Road Movie Nocturne
5 Harris Eisenstadt The All-Seeing Eye + Octets Poo-Bah
6 Tim Berne’s Blood Count Seconds Screwgun
7 Keith Jarrett-Gary Peacock-Jack DeJohnette My Foolish Heart ECM
8 Michael Bisio-Raymond Boni-Dominic Duval-Joe McPhee Port of Saints Cadence Jazz
9 Donny McCaslin In Pursuit Sunnyside
10 Steve Lacy & Roswell Rudd Early and Late Cuneiform

REISSUES

1 Miles Davis The Complete On the Corner Sessions Columbia/Legacy
2 Chu Berry The Classic Columbia and Victor Sessions Mosaic
3 Don Byas Amoureusement Votre Polydor

VOCAL

Kurt Elling Nightmoves Concord

DEBUT

Tyshawn Sorey That/Not Firehouse 12?

LATIN

Antonio Sanchez Migration Camden Jazz


Neil Tesser (Chicago Reader, Listen Here)

NEW RELEASES

1 Michael Brecker Pilgrimage Heads Up
2 Exploding Star Orchestra We Are All from Somewhere Else Thrill Jockey
3 Terence Blanchard A Tale of God’s Will Blue Note
4 Kurt Elling Nightmoves Concord
5 Bobby Sanabria Big Band Urban Folktales Jazzheads
6 Eldar Djangorov Re-Imaginination Sony
7 Tineke Postima A Journey That Matters Foreign Media Group
8 Dee Dee Bridgewater Red Earth DDB/Emarcy
9 Matt Wilson The Scenic Route Palmetto
10 John McLean Better Angels Blujazz

REISSUES

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

VOCAL

Kurt Elling Nightmoves Concord

DEBUT

Miles Okazaki Mirror Miles Okazawi

LATIN

Bobby Sanabria Big Band Urban Folktales Jazzheads


George Varga (San Diego Union-Tribune, JazzTimes)

NEW RELEASES

1 Michael Brecker Pilgrimage Heads Up
2 Trio M Big Picture Cryptogramophone
3 Anat Cohen Poetica Anzic?4 Kenny Werner Lawn Chair Society Blue Note
5 Carla Bley The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu ECM
6 Joshua Redman Back East Nonesuch
7 Terence Blanchard A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina) Blue Note
8 Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd Still Life with Commentator Savoy Jazz
9 Maria Schneider Sky Blue ArtistShare
10 Holly Hofmann & Mike Wofford Live at Athenaeum Jazz, Vol. 2 Capri?

REISSUES

1 Miles Davis The Complete On The Corner Sessions Columbia/Legacy
2 Bennie Maupin The Jewel in the Lotus ECM
3 John Coltrane Interplay Prestige

VOCAL

Abbey Lincoln Abbey Sings Abbey Verve

DEBUT

Antonio Sanchez Migration Camjazz/Sunnyside

LATIN

Roswell Rudd & Yomo Toro El Espiritu Jibaro Sunnyside


Josef Woodard (Downbeat, JazzTimes)

NEW RELEASES

1 Joe Zawinul Brown Street Heads Up
2 Keith Jarrett-Gary Peacock-Jack DeJohnette My Foolish Heart ECM
3 The Bad Plus Prog Heads Up
4 Herbie Hancock The River: The Joni Letters Verve
5 Frode Haltli Passing Images ECM
6 Tierney Sutton On the Other Side Telarc
7 Chris Potter Song for Anyone Sunnyside
8 Terence Blanchard A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina) Blue Note
9 Pat Metheny & Brad Mehldau Quartet Nonesuch
10 Charles Mingus Cornell 1964 Blue Note

REISSUES

1 Miles Davis The Complete On the Corner Sessions Columbia/Legacy
2 Sun Ra Concert for the Comet Kohoutek ESP Disk
3 Flora Purim Butterfly Dreams Milestone/Keepnews Collection

VOCAL

Tierney Sutton On the Other Side Telarc

DEBUT

Sophie Milman Make Someone Happy Linus/Koch

LATIN

Spanish Harlem Orchestra United We Swing Six Degrees


Ron Wynn (Nashville City Paper, American Songwriter)

NEW RELEASES

1 Terence Blanchard A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina) Blue Note)
2 Herbie Hancock River: The Joni Letters Verve
3 Keith Jarrett-Gary Peacock-Jack DeJohnette My Foolish Heart ECM
4 Dee Dee Bridgewater Red Earth - A Malian Journey DDB/Emarcy
5 Billy Taylor & Gerry Mulligan Live at MCG MCG
6 Rob Wagner Trio Valid
7 Maria Schneidier Sky Blue Artist Share
8 Jackie Ryan You and the Night and the Music Open Art
9 Charles Mingus Cornell 1964 Blue Note
10 Thelonious Monk Live at the 1964 Monterey Jazz Festival MJF/Concord

REISSUES

1 John Coltrane Interplay Prestige
2 Miles Davis The Complete On The Corner Sessions Columbia/Legacy
3 Albert Ayler The Hilversum Session ESP Disk

VOCAL

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

DEBUT

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LATIN

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