Wednesday, January 2. 2008
The results of Francis Davis's second annual Village Voice Jazz Critics Poll are posted here, with Davis's analysis and list. I wrote a sidebar piece with my top ten and a bit more. Also a non-list of interesting things by Phil Freeman, and a RIP list. Don't see the individual ballots yet.
If I find some time I'll write more about this, and maybe the Jazz Times year-end list. (Due to an office snafu, my Cadence subscription has lapsed, so I'd appreciate it if anyone can forward or can point me to their year-end poll.) For now I'll just point out that I have 7 of the top 50 (Maria Schneider, Herbie Hancock, Paul Motian, Charles Tolliver, Chris Potter [Song for Anyone], Mark Murphy, John Abercrombie) at B or lower -- Murphy a lot lower. Also that I haven't heard 6 (Miles Davis, Bill Holman, Matthew Shipp, Anthony Braxton, Tyshawn Sorey, Sonore -- some folks I'm exceptionally fond of in that list), and for that matter I missed 6 of 10 reissues, but only Sorey among the ranked niche albums. (Actually, I didn't get Bridgewater either, but for better or worse was able to stream the album from Rhapsody: a good vocal jazz album, but not great Malian pop.)