The 2012 Expanded Critics' Poll

JT's critics choose their favorite musicians, books, DVDs and more

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Ryan Truesdell
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Vijay Iyer
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Luciana Souza
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Robert Glasper Experiment: Casey Benjamin, Derrick Hodge, Chris Dave, Glasper
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Jack DeJohnetteat the Catalina Bar & Grill
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For this latest edition of JazzTimes’ annual expanded critics’ poll, more than 30 of our regular contributors were asked to rank their top three choices in the same categories that make up our yearly readers’ poll. This critics’ poll focuses on artists’ achievements during 2012, as opposed to their careers in full.

Winners are bolded below; runners-up are listed by number of calculated points. THE EDITORS

BEST OF ALL
Artist of the Year
Vijay Iyer
Brad Mehldau
Wadada Leo Smith
Robert Glasper

Best New Artist
Ryan Truesdell
Matt Mitchell
Linda Oh
[three artists below tied]
Rafiq Bhatia
Caroline Davis
Scott Tixier

BEST GROUPS

Acoustic/Mainstream Group
Vijay Iyer Trio
Joe Lovano Us Five
Branford Marsalis Quartet
Brad Mehldau Trio

Contemporary/Electric Group
Robert Glasper Experiment
Medeski Martin & Wood
John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension
Pat Metheny Unity Band

Big Band/Large Ensemble
Maria Schneider Orchestra
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Mingus Big Band

Blues Artist/Group
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Gary Clark Jr.
Dr. John
Buddy Guy

BEST OF THE JAZZ
INDUSTRY

Record Label
ECM
Pi Recordings
Sunnyside Records
Blue Note Records

Book
The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire By Ted Gioia (Oxford University Press)
Shall We Play That One Together?: The Life and Art of Jazz Piano Legend Marian McPartland By Paul de Barros (St. Martin’s Press)
Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times By Robin D.G. Kelley (Harvard University Press)
Wail: The Life of Bud Powell By Peter Pullman (Peter Pullman)

Film/Video/TV Series
Treme (HBO)
Chico & Rita (New Video)
Woody Herman: Blue Flame: Portrait of a Jazz Legend (Jazzed Media)

Syndicated Radio Program
Jazz After Hours with Jim Wilke (PRI)
The Checkout with Josh Jackson (WBGO/NPR)
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
(WBGO/NPR)
Jazz with Bob Parlocha (WFMT)

Festival
Montreal International Jazz Festival
Newport Jazz Festival
Monterey Jazz Festival
Winter Jazzfest

Nightclub
Village Vanguard
Jazz Standard
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Bohemian Caverns

BEST MUSICIANS

Trumpet
Ambrose Akinmusire
Dave Douglas
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
Tom Harrell

Trombone
Wycliffe Gordon
Steve Turre
Robin Eubanks
Jacob Garchik

Tenor Saxophone
Joe Lovano
Branford Marsalis
Sonny Rollins
Chris Potter

Alto Saxophone
Miguel Zenón
Kenny Garrett
Rudresh Mahanthappa
Tim Berne

Soprano Saxophone
Branford Marsalis
Wayne Shorter
Dave Liebman
Sam Newsome

Baritone Saxophone
Gary Smulyan
James Carter
Ronnie Cuber
Claire Daley

Clarinet
Anat Cohen
Don Byron
Ken Peplowski
Paquito D’Rivera

Flute
Nicole Mitchell
Henry Threadgill
Charles Lloyd
James Newton

Piano
Vijay Iyer
Brad Mehldau
Jason Moran
Keith Jarrett

Electric Keyboards
Chick Corea
Robert Glasper
Jason Lindner
Herbie Hancock

Organ
Dr. Lonnie Smith
Joey DeFrancesco
Gary Versace
Larry Goldings

Guitar
Pat Metheny
Bill Frisell
Kurt Rosenwinkel
Mary Halvorson

Violin
Jenny Scheinman
Regina Carter
Christian Howes
Mark Feldman

Acoustic Bass
Christian McBride
Dave Holland
Ron Carter
Larry Grenadier

Electric Bass
Marcus Miller
Christian McBride
Stanley Clarke
Steve Swallow

Drums
Jack DeJohnette
Billy Hart
Roy Haynes
Jeff “Tain” Watts

Vibes
Gary Burton
Stefon Harris
Bobby Hutcherson
Joe Locke

Percussion
Poncho Sanchez
Zakir Hussain
Pedrito Martinez
Airto Moreira

Male Vocalist
Kurt Elling
Gregory Porter
Theo Bleckmann
Tony Bennett

Female Vocalist
Luciana Souza
Cassandra Wilson
Kate McGarry
Diana Krall

Miscellaneous
Instruments
[four winners]
Béla Fleck (banjo)
Gregoire Maret
(harmonica)
Toots Thielemans
(harmonica)
Richard Galliano
(accordion)

Composer
Vijay Iyer
Henry Threadgill
Darcy James Argue
Wayne Shorter

Arranger
Maria Schneider
Ryan Truesdell
Guillermo Klein
Vince Mendoza

Originally published in March 2013

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