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.