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The third Village Voice Jazz Poll, put together by critic Francis Davis (not to be confused with their Pazz & Jop Poll, which runs next month), is in the paper's current issue; 79 jazz writers submitted ballots. I participated for the first time this year, and it was a little strange paring down my regular (and discombobulated) year-end list to include only "jazz" titles. Considering how capricious the process sometimes seems, though, I didn't lose any sleep over it--and looking at my choices again, I have no regrets.
Overall the poll's top honors went, unsurprisingly, to Sonny Rollins's Road Shows Vol. 1 (Doxy/Emarcy), a vault dig of shows from the past few decades, but the rest of the results were less predictable.
Here's my list:
Bebo Valdés & Javier Colina Live at the Village Vanguard (Calle 54/Norté)
Sun Ra, Some Blues but Not the Kind That's Blue (Unheard Music Series)
AC/DC, Black Ice (Columbia)
Ideal Bread, The Ideal Bread (KMB Jazz)
Various Artists, Conquer the World: The Lost Soul of Philadelphia International Records (Philadelphia International/Legacy)
Curtis Fuller, The Opener (Blue Note)