Thursday, January 14, 2021

The consensus on 2020's jazz releases

The results are posted from the 2020 edition of NPR Music's Jazz Critics Poll. This  annual undertaking, was compiled from ballots by 148 jazz critics and jazz journalists, including yours truly. Composer-bandleader Maria Schneider's Data Lords (ArtistShare) was the clear winner in the new issues category.

There is much to savor in the package, which includes the top results, pollster Francis Davis' personal thoughts on this most unusual year, and the rundown of individual contributors' ballots.

The Davis poll began 15 years ago in The Village Voice. NPR Music has been its home for eight years.

At the very least, there are lots of listening recommendations from which recordings most impressed various responders. 

Check it out.

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