Earlier in 2020, to celebrate our golden anniversary, we conducted five separate readers’ polls asking you to tell us your top 10 jazz albums for each of the five decades of JazzTimes‘ existence. Nearly 50,000 votes later, we have the results of all those polls, ranked by the number of votes cast per album, and we’re revealing them this week—one day for each decade (starting Monday, November 9). After that, it’s time for our critics’ Top 50 albums list for the past 50 years, which we’ll be rolling out, also by decade, next week (starting Monday, November 16). Add those lists together and you’ve got a lot of great music for a 50th birthday party.
Released August 13, 2002 on Warner Bros. Records. Brad Mehldau: piano, vibraphone, prepared piano; Jon Brion: guitar synthesizer, guitar treatments, percussion; Peter Mandell, Rose Corrigan: bassoon; Emile Bernstein, Gary Gray: clarinet; David Shostac, Steve Kujala: flute; Earle Dumler, Jon Clark: oboe; Daniel Kelley, Philip Yao: French horn; William Reichenbach: trombone; George B. Thatcher: bass trombone; Larry Grenadier, Darek Oleszkiewicz: bass; Justin Meldal-Johnsen: electric bass; Matt Chamberlain, Jim Keltner, Victor Indrizzo, Jorge Rossy: drums and percussion. Produced by Jon Brion.