NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

2017 Ballot
Ken Waxman

This year’s 10 best New Releases listed in descending order one-through-ten.

1. Sophie Agnel/Daunik Lazro Marguerite d’Or PâleFou Records FR-CD 21

2. Jason Kao Hwang Sing House Euonymus EU 03

3. Alexander Hawkins Unit[e] AH 1002/3

4. Heliosonic Tone-tette Heliosonic Toneways Vol. 1 ScienSonic Laboratories SS10

5. Tiziano Tononi & Daniele Cavallanti Nexus Experience Nexus!Rudi Records RRJ1035

6. Arashi Semikujira Trost TR 146

7. Harris Eisenstadt Recent Developments Songlines SGL 1620-2

8. Kasper Tom/Rudi Mahall One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure Barefoot BFEC0 50 CD

9. Agustí Fernández/Rafał Mazur Ziran NotTwo MW 941-2

10. Rova/Kyle Bruckmann/Henry Kaiser Steve Lacy’s Saxophone Special Revisited Clean Feed CF 415 CD

Your top-three Reissues or Historical albums, again listed in descending order

1. Rüdiger Carl Inc. King Alcohol (New Version) Corbett vs. Dempsey CvsD CD 032

2. Spontaneous Music Ensemble Karyobin are the imaginary birds said to live in paradise Emanem 5046

3. Wynton Kelly Trio/Wes Montgomery Smokin' in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966) Resonance Records HCD 2029

Your choice for the year's best Debut album

1. Jaimie Branch Fly or Die International Anthem Recording CO 0011