The best jazz recordings of 2015



Today the results of the annual jazz critics' poll organized by Francis Davis were published on NPR's A Blog Supreme, the poll's home for the past couple years. (The poll started at the Village Voice, then moved to Rhapsody before landing at NPR.) Rudresh Mahanthappa and Maria Schneider tied for top honors. Below is the ballot I submitted for the poll, which includes several selections that landed in the top ten.

Ten best albums:

1) Henry Threadgill Zooid, In for a Penny, In for a Pound (Pi)
2) J.D. Allen, Graffiti (Savant)
3) Jack DeJohnette, Made in Chicago (ECM)
4) Liberty Ellman, Radiate (Pi)
5) Josh Berman Trio, A Dance and a Hop (Delmark)
6) Mary Halvorson, Meltframe (Firehouse 12)
7) Vijay Iyer Trio, Break Stuff (ECM)
8) Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth, Epicenter (Clean Feed)
9) Amir ElSaffar & Two Rivers Ensemble, Crisis (Pi)
10) Eve Risser, Des Pas Sur la Neige (Clean Feed)


1) Miles Davis, At Newport: 1955-1975 (Columbia/Legacy)
2) Bengt Nordström, Sven-Åke Johansson & Alexander von Schlippenbach, Stockholm Connection (Umlaut)
3) Staffan Harde, Staffan Harde (Corbett vs. Dempsey/SJR)


Cecile McLorin Salvant, For One to Love (Mack Avenue)


Mette Henriette, Mette Henriette (ECM)


Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Cuba: the Conversation Continues (Motema)

Today's playlist:

Johnny Taylor, Taylored in Silk (Stax)
Various artists, Angola Soundtrack 2: Hypnosis, Distortion & Other Sonic Innovations 1969-1978 (Analog Africa)
Joëlle Léandre & George Lewis, Transatlantic Visions (Rogue Art)
Robert Ashley, Wolfman (Alga Marghen)
Raoul Björkenheim, Ecstasy (Cuneiform)

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