Sunday, December 27, 2009


I just got an email announcing the winners (not the whole list, just the #1s) of the 2009 Village Voice Jazz Critics' Poll (full results to be published in this week's issue), and I'm not at all surprised to see Vijay Iyer's Historicity take the prize. It's a very good album, and there's been a massive congealing of critical warmth around it for much of the year.

I didn't vote for it, though. Here are the albums I did vote for:

Bill Dixon, Tapestries For Small Orchestra (Firehouse 12)
David S. Ware Quartet, Live In Vilnius (NoBusiness)
Joe Morris, Wildlife (AUM Fidelity)
Wadada Leo Smith & Jack DeJohnette, America (Tzadik)
Steve Lehman Octet, Travail, Transformation & Flow (Pi)
NEW, Newtoons (Bo’ Weavil)
Chris Potter, Ultrahang (ArtistShare)
Derek Bailey & Steve Noble, Out Of The Past (Ping Pong)
Wayne Escoffery, Uptown (Posi-Tone)
Tyshawn Sorey, Koan (482 Music)

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