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.
1. Kamasi Washington: <i>The Epic</i>
Released May 5, 2015 on Brainfeeder. Kamasi Washington: tenor saxophone; Ricky Washington: soprano saxophone; Igmar Thomas: trumpet; Ryan Porter: trombone; Cameron Graves: piano; Brandon Coleman: keyboards; Miles Mosley: upright bass; Thundercat: electric bass; Ronald Bruner, Jr. , Tony Austin: drums; Leon Mobley: percussion; Dwight Trible, Patrice Quinn: vocals. Produced by Kamasi Washington.