Every Vote, Counted

Francis Davis has tabulated the jazz critics poll for the Village Voice (my ballot is here), and the results are in. I have no complaints about Jason Moran being on top, nor of the top ten in general, which completely avoids music that keeps jazz pinned under glass, like a dead butterfly, and instead spans a range from just outside the mainstream to way outside the mainstream. Nice to see Pi Recordings more than once – along with New Amsterdam they have had a great run of releases this year. You can see the detailed results by clicking through, and that’s interesting too. For myself, I enjoy seeing Davis’ own complete set of picks, because he’s a critic I have been admiring for decades, and he has some recordings he favors that I thought were just awful! It’s health.


I'm a composer and musician, and I write about music—I do that here, for the New York Classical Review, at the Brooklyn Rail (I edit the music section there) and any place else that will have me, like New Music Box and Music & Literature. I also wrote the Miles Davis' Bitches Brew book in the 33 1/3 series.