NPR Music Jazz Best of 2014 by Critics Poll

The 2014 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

NPR Music is pleased to present a poll in which 140 jazz critics picked their favorite recordings of 2014.

For nine consecutive years, this poll has been a labor of love by eminent critic Francis Davis. It’s grown tremendously since he initially submitted the consensus of 30 writers to The Village Voice in 2006. Over the last month, print journalists, bloggers and broadcasters nominated more than 700 different albums. We’re thrilled to welcome his exhaustive project back to our site.

1. Steve Lehman: ‘Mise En Abîme’ (Pi)
2. Wadada Leo Smith: ‘The Great Lakes Suites’ (TUM Records)
3. Ambrose Akinmusire: ‘the imagined savior is far easier to paint’ (Blue Note)
4. Sonny Rollins: ‘Road Shows, Vol. 3’ (OKeh)
5. Mark Turner Quartet: ‘Lathe Of Heaven’ (ECM)
6. Marc Ribot Trio: ‘Live At The Village Vanguard’ (Pi)
7. Jason Moran: ‘All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller’ (Blue Note)
8. Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band: ‘Landmarks’ (Blue Note)
9. Kenny Barron & Dave Holland: ‘The Art Of Conversation’ (Impulse)
10. Jane Ira Bloom: ‘Sixteen Sunsets’ (Outline)*
11. Miguel Zenón, Identities Are Changeable (Miel Music) 95 points (on 15  ballots)
12. The Bad Plus, The Rite of Spring (Sony Masterworks) 88.5 (15)
13. Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden, Last Dance (ECM) 83 (14)
14 (tie). David Virelles, Mbókò (ECM) 80 (13)
14 (tie). Tyshawn Sorey, Alloy (Pi) 80 (13)
16. Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Over Time: The Music of Bob Brookmeyer (Planet  Arts) 73.5 (9)
17. Chick Corea Trio, Trilogy (Stretch/Concord) 72 (10)
18. Fred Hersch Trio, Floating (Palmetto) 67 (12)
19. Jeff Ballard Trio, Time’s Travels (OKeh) 66 (12)
20. Vijay Iyer, Mutations (ECM) 64 (12)
21. Mary Halvorson/Michael Formanek/Tomas Fujiwara, Thumbscrew  (Cuneiform) 63.5 (14)
22. Trio 3 & Vijay Iyer, Wiring (Intakt) 60.5 (10)
23. Matt Wilson Quartet + John Medeski, Gathering Call (Palmetto) 60 (12)
24. Aki Takase & Alexander von Schlippenbach, So Long, Eric! Homage to Eric  Dolphy (Intakt) 59.5 (9)
25. Billy Hart Quartet, One Is the Other (ECM) 59 (11)
26. Tom Harrell, Trip (HighNote) 56 (9)
CF29427. Eric Revis, In Memory Of Things Yet Seen (Clean Feed) 53.5 (11)
28. Jason Roebke Octet, High/Red/Center (Delmark) 53 (9)
29. The Nels Cline Singers, Macroscope (Mack Avenue) 52 (10)
30. Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra, Habitat (Justin Time) 52 (8)**
31. Marty Ehrlich Large Ensemble, A Trumpet in the Morning (New World) 47  (7)***
32. Frank Kimbrough, Quartet (Palmetto) 45.5 (8)
33. Hafez Modirzadeh, In Convergence Liberation (Pi) 44 (7)
34. Nels Cline & Julian Lage, Room (Mack Avenue) 43.5 (7)
35. Jason Adasiewicz’s Sun Rooms, From the Region (Delmark) 43 (9)
36 (tie). Joshua Redman, Trios Live (Nonesuch) 43 (6)
36 (tie). Yosvany Terry, New Throned King (5Passion) 43 (6)
38. Avishai Cohen’s Triveni, Dark Nights (Anzic) 42.5 (11)
39. James Brandon Lewis, Divine Travels (OKeh) 42 (10)
40. The Cookers, Time and Time Again (Motéma) 40.5 (9)
41. Darius Jones, The Oversoul Manual (AUM Fidelity) 40.5 (5)
42. Henry Butler, Steven Bernstein, Viper’s Drag (Impulse!) 40 (8)
43. Pat Metheny Unity Group, Kin (←→) (Nonesuch) 40 (7)
44. Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio, Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio (Concord Jazz)  39.5 (9)
45. Farmers By Nature, Love and Ghosts (AUM Fidelity) 39 (11)
46. Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. The Offense of the Drum  (Motéma) 38.5 (6)
47. Sean Jones im•pro•vise (never before seen) (Mack Avenue) 37 (6)
48. Dave Douglas & Uri Caine, Present Joys (Greenleaf) 35 (7)
49. Ideal Bread, Beating the Teens: Songs of Steve Lacy (Cuneiform) 34.5 (7)
50. Mary Halvorson, Reverse Blue (Relative Pitch) 34 (5)

http://www.npr.org/blogs/ablogsupreme/2014/12/19/371282561/the-2014-npr-music-jazz-critics-poll

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