The 2014 Expanded Critics Poll

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

Miguel Zenón
0
By
Dr. Lonnie Smith
1
By
Cécile McLorin Salvant
2
By
Mark Turner
3
By

1 of 4      Next




For this year’s Expanded Critics’ Poll, a follow-up to last issue’s

Year in Review feature, 30 of our trusted contributors participated

in an online survey featuring most of the same categories

as our yearly Readers’ Poll. Our writers were asked to focus on

artists’ achievements during 2014 rather than career accomplishments.

Winners are bolded; runners-up are listed below in order of number of points. THE EDITORS

Best of All

New Artist
Melissa Aldana

Julian Lage

David Virelles

Jon Batiste

Artist of the Year
Miguel Zenón

Ambrose Akinmusire

Bill Frisell

Mark Turner

BEST GROUPS

Acoustic Group/Artist
Jason Moran & the Bandwagon

Tom Harrell Colors of a Dream/Trip

Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet/Sextet

Charles Lloyd New Quartet

Electric/Fusion/Contemporary Group/Artist
Pat Metheny Unity Group

Dave Holland Prism

Robert Glasper Experiment

Eric Harland Voyager

Big Band/Large Ensemble
Maria Schneider Orchestra

Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band

Henry Butler/Steven Bernstein & the Hot 9

Vocal Group
New York Voices

The Manhattan Transfer

Tillery

Sweet Honey in the Rock

Blues Group/Artist
Tedeschi Trucks Band

Dr. John

Gary Clark Jr.

Bettye LaVette

BEST OF THE JAZZ INDUSTRY

Record Label
ECM

Blue Note

Pi Recordings

Motéma

Festival

NYC Winter Jazzfest

Montreal International Jazz Festival

Monterey Jazz Festival

Newport Jazz Festival

Nightclub
Village Vanguard

Jazz Standard

Bohemian Caverns

Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

Syndicated Radio Program
The Checkout
JazzSet With Dee Dee Bridgewater
Jazz After Hours With Jim Wilke/Jeff Hanley
Jazz Night in America

Podcast
A Noise From the Deep With Dave Douglas
The Jazz Session With Jason Crane

Book
Herbie Hancock: Possibilities by Herbie Hancock and Lisa Dickey (Viking)
Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records by Amanda Petrusich (Scribner)
ART: Why I Stuck With a Junkie Jazzman by Laurie Pepper (APM)
Benson: The Autobiography by George Benson and Alan Goldsher (Da Capo)

BEST MUSICIANS

Trumpet/Cornet/Flugelhorn
Ambrose Akinmusire

Sean Jones

Avishai Cohen

Terence Blanchard

Trombone
Conrad Herwig

Wycliffe Gordon

Robin Eubanks

Ryan Keberle

Tenor Saxophone
Mark Turner

Joe Lovano

Chris Potter

Sonny Rollins

Alto Saxophone
Miguel Zenón

Rudresh Mahanthappa

Kenny Garrett

David Binney

Soprano Saxophone
Dave Liebman

Wayne Shorter

Branford Marsalis

Jane Ira Bloom

Baritone Saxophone
Gary Smulyan

James Carter

Ronnie Cuber

Josh Sinton

Clarinet
Anat Cohen

Ken Peplowski

Don Byron

Paquito D’Rivera

Flute
Nicole Mitchell

Charles Lloyd

James Newton

Jamie Baum

Violin
Regina Carter

Jenny Scheinman

Mark Feldman

Sara Caswell

Piano
Jason Moran

Fred Hersch

Vijay Iyer

Craig Taborn

Electric Keyboards
Herbie Hancock

Craig Taborn

Jason Moran

John Medeski

Organ
Dr. Lonnie Smith

Joey DeFrancesco

Gary Versace

Larry Goldings

Guitar
Julian Lage

Bill Frisell

John Scofield

Pat Metheny

Acoustic Bass
Christian McBride

Dave Holland

John Patitucci

Linda Oh

Electric Bass
Steve Swallow

Matthew Garrison

Stanley Clarke

Victor Wooten

Vibraphone
Stefon Harris

Gary Burton

Warren Wolf

Bobby Hutcherson

Drums
Brian Blade

Nasheet Waits

Jack DeJohnette

Eric Harland

Percussion
Pedrito Martinez

Zakir Hussain

Cyro Baptista

Roman Díaz

Miscellaneous Instrument [4 Winners]

Béla Fleck (banjo)

Erik Friedlander (cello)

Steven Bernstein (slide trumpet)

Grégoire Maret (harmonica)


Male Vocalist

Gregory Porter


Andy Bey

Kurt Elling

Freddy Cole

Female Vocalist

Cécile McLorin Salvant


Dianne Reeves

Cyrille Aimée

Cassandra Wilson

Composer

Maria Schneider


Vijay Iyer

Wadada Leo Smith

Chick Corea

Arranger

Maria Schneider


Steven Bernstein

Vince Mendoza

Rufus Reid