13th Annual Jazz Critics Poll Ballot

2018 NPR Music
Ken Waxman’s Selections

•Your name and primary affiliation(s)

Ken Waxman www.jazzword.com

•Your choices for this year’s 10 best New Releases

1. Steve Swell Music for Six Musicians Hommage à Olivier Messiaen (Silkheart)

2. Dave Holland/Evan Parker/Craig Taborn/Ches Smith Uncharted Territories (Dare2)

3. Roots Magic Last Kind Words (Clean Feed)

4. François Houle/Alexander Hawkins/Harris Eisenstadt You Gotta Have Options (Songlines)

5. Jason Stein’s Locksmith Isidore After Caroline (Northern Spy)

6. Alexander Hawkins Unit[e] (AH)

7. Jason Kao Hwang Sing House (Euonymus)

8. François Carrier/Michel Lambert/Rafal Mazur Beyond Dimensions (FMR)

9. Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi with Masahiko Satoh Proton Pump (Family Vineyard)

10. Devin Gray Dirigo Rataplan II (Rataplan Records)

•Your choice for the year's best Debut album

1. Stephanie Richards Full Moon (Relative Pitch)

•Your top-three Reissues or Historical albums

1. Spontaneous Music Ensemble Karyobin are the imaginary birds said to live in paradise (Emanem)

2. Milford Graves Babi (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

3. Alan Braufman Valley of Search (Valley of Search)

•Your choice for the year's best Vocal album


•Your choice for the year’s best Latin jazz album