2009 Voice Jazz Critics' Poll: The Results

Album of the year, reissue of the year, best debut, and more

Jazz Album of the Year

1. Vijay Iyer Trio, Historicity (ACT) 234 (33)

2. Henry Threadgill Zooid, This Brings UsTo, Volume 1 (Pi) 198.5 (30)

Miguel Zenón: Top of the class in Latin
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Miguel Zenón: Top of the class in Latin

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3. Joe Lovano Us Five, Folk Art (Blue Note) 150 (23)

4. Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam) 134 (22)

5. Steve Lehman Octet, Travail, Transformation, and Flow (Pi) 112 (17)

6. Keith Jarrett, Testament: Paris/London (ECM) 99.5 (14)

7. Allen Toussaint, The Bright Mississippi (Nonesuch) 95.5 (15)

8. Miguel Zenón, Esta Plena (Marsalis Music) 75.5 (12)

9. Jim Hall & Bill Frisell, Hemispheres (ArtistShare) 73 (12)

10. John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, Eternal Interlude (Sunnyside) 71.5 (10)

11. Bill Frisell, Disfarmer (Nonesuch) 63.5 (10)

12. Bill Dixon, Tapestries for Small Orchestra (Firehouse 12) 59.5 (9)

13. Wadada Leo Smith, Spiritual Dimensions (Cuneiform) 59 (10)

14. Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy, Spirit Moves (Greenleaf) 56 (9)

15. Jeff "Tain" Watts, Watts (Dark Key) 55 (11)

16. Charles Tolliver Big Band, Emperor March (Half Note) 55 (7)

17. Darius Jones Trio, Man'ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) (AUM Fidelity) 51.5 (9)

18. David Binney, Third Occasion (Mythology) 50 (11)

19. Fly (Mark TurnerLarry GrenadierJeff Ballard), Sky & Country (ECM) 48.5 (10)

20. J.D. Allen Trio, Shine! (Sunnyside) 45 (8)

21. Linda Oh Trio, Entry (Linda Oh Music) 44.5 (7)

22. Branford Marsalis Quartet, Metamorphosen (Marsalis Music) 42.5 (7)

23. Kurt Elling, Dedicated to You: Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman (Concord) 42.5 (6)

24. Steve Kuhn Trio With Joe Lovano, Mostly Coltrane (ECM) 41 (9)

25. Robert Glasper, Double Booked (Blue Note) 40.5 (8)

26. Monterey Quartet (Dave HollandGonzalo RubalcabaChris PotterEric Harland), Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival (MJF/Concord) 38 (7)

27. Von Freeman, Vonski Speaks (Nessa) 36 (4)

28. Gretchen Parlato, In a Dream (ObliqSound) 35 (6)

29. Martial Solal, Live at the Village Vanguard (Cam Jazz) 34 (6)

30. Chris Potter's Underground, Ultrahang (ArtistShare) 33.5 (7)

31. Ben Allison, Think Free (Palmetto) 33 (6)

32. Miroslav Vitous Group with Michel Portal, Remembering Weather Report (ECM) 32.5 (5)

33. Tom Harrell, Prana Dance (HighNote) 32 (5)

34. John Patitucci Trio, Remembrance (Concord) 30 (7)

35. David S. Ware, Shakti (AUM Fidelity) 28 (6)

36. Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble, The Moment's Energy (ECM) 28 (4)

37. Tyshawn Sorey, Koan (482 Music) 27.5 (5)

38. Gary BurtonPat MethenySteve SwallowAntonio Sanchez, Quartet Live! (Concord) 27 (5)

39. Roswell Rudd, Trombone Tribe (Sunnyside) 26.5 (5)

40. James Moody, 4A (IPO) 26 (4)

40. Joshua Redman, Compass (Nonesuch) 26 (4)

42. Christian McBride & Inside Straight, Kind of Brown (Mack Avenue) 25 (4)

43. Fred Anderson, 21st Century Chase (Delmark) 24.5 (3)

44. Mulatu Astatke & the Heliocentrics, Inspiration Information, Vol. 3 (Strut) 24 (4)

45. Ravi Coltrane, Blending Times (Savoy Jazz) 23 (4)

46. Roy Hargrove Big Band, Emergence (Emarcy) 23 (3)

47. Melody Gardot, My One and Only Thrill (Verve) 22.5 (4)

48. Keith Jarrett–Gary PeacockJack DeJohnette, Yesterdays (ECM) 22 (5)

49. James CarterJohn Medeski–Christian McBride–Adam RogersJoey Baron, Heaven on Earth (Half Note) 22 (3)

50. Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Strings, Renegades (Delmark) 21.5 (4)

Critics were asked to list 10 albums in descending order, with 10 points awarded for their #1, 9 for #2, etc. (On ballots where choices were listed alphabetically, each received 5.5 points.) The first bold number indicates total points; the number in parentheses is the tally of ballots on which a CD appeared, which was used as a tiebreaker.

Jazz Reissue of the Year

1. Louis Armstrong, The Complete Decca Recordings, 1935–1946 (Mosaic) 46 (17)

2. Ella Fitzgerald, Twelve Nights in Hollywood (Hip-O Select/Verve) 42 (16)*

3. Freddie Hubbard, Without a Song: Live in Europe 1969 (Blue Note) 20 (11)

4. John Coltrane, Side Steps (Prestige) 20 (10)

5. Denny Zeitlin, The Columbia Studio Trio Sessions (Mosaic Select) 18 (7)

6. Billie Holiday, The Complete Commodore & Decca Masters (Hip-O Select/Verve) 15 (7)

7. Charles Mingus, Mingus Ah Um: 50th Anniversary Legacy Edition (Sony Legacy) 14 (8)

8. Charles Tyler, Saga of the Outlaws (Nessa) 14 (7)

9. Miles Davis, The Complete Columbia Album Collection (Sony Legacy) 14 (6)

10. Tony Bennett & Bill Evans, The Complete Recordings (Fantasy) 12 (6)

10. Codona, The Codona Trilogy (ECM) 12 (6)

*Totals for Twelve Nights in Hollywood include 9 points transferred from three ballots that listed it as a new release.

Critics were asked to list three reissues in descending order, with 3 points awarded for #1, 2 for #2, and 1 for #3. The first bold number indicates total points; the number in parentheses tallies ballots on which a CD appeared, which was used as a tiebreaker.

Best Vocal Album

1. Gretchen Parlato, In a Dream (ObliqSound) 11

2. Kurt Elling, Dedicated to You: Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman (Concord) 9

3. Nellie McKay, Normal as Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day (Verve) 6

4. Fay Victor Ensemble, The FreeSong Suite (Greene Avenue Music) 5

5. Melody Gardot, My One and Only Thrill (Verve) 4

Best Debut

1. Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam) 22

2. Darius Jones Trio, Man'ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) (AUM Fidelity) 9

3. Linda Oh Trio, Entry (Linda Oh Music) 7

4. Gerald Clayton, Two-Shade (ArtistShare) 6

Best Latin

1. Miguel Zenón, Esta Plena (Marsalis Music) 23

2. Dafnis Prieto Si O Si Quartet, Live at Jazz Standard NYC (Dafnison) 5

3. Bobby Sanabria, Kenya Revisited Live!!! (Jazzheads) 5

4. Mark Levine & the Latin Tinge, Off & On: The Music of Moacir Santos (Left Coast Clave) 4

5. Arturo O'Farrill, Risa Negra (Zoho) 4

For Best Vocal, Debut, and Latin albums, critics were asked to name one album apiece, with no point system.

 
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