DownBeat Critics’ Poll: Moran Mops Up

Jason Moran walked away with “Best Pianist,” “Jazz Album of the Year,” and “Artist of the Year,” in DownBeat’s annual critics’ poll. Here are some of the results. Nice to see Sunnyside Records waltzing away with the “Label of the Year” award. Hit Mog for a listen to Moran’s 10 (Blue Note). Read Kelvin for some insights into the album. Jump to DB for the rest of the list.


Hall Of Fame: Abbey Lincoln
Veterans Committee Hall Of Fame: Paul Chambers
Jazz Artist Of The Year: Jason Moran
Jazz Album Of The Year: Jason Moran, 10 (Blue Note)
Historical Release: Duke Ellington, The Complete 1932-1940 Brunswick, Columbia And Master Recordings Of Duke Ellington And His Famous Orchestra (Mosaic)
Blues Album Of The Year: Pinetop Perkins/Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Joined At The Hip (Telarc)
Beyond Album Of The Year: Lizz Wright, Fellowship (Verve Forecast)
Big Band: Maria Schneider Orchestra
Jazz Group: Joe Lovano Us Five
Soprano Saxophone: Dave Liebman
Alto Saxophone: Rudresh Mahanthappa
Tenor Saxophone: Sonny Rollins
Baritone Saxophone: Gary Smulyan
Trumpet: Dave Douglas
Trombone: Steve Turre
Clarinet: Anat Cohen
Flute: Nicole Mitchell
Drums: Paul Motian
Percussion: Cyro Baptista
Vibes: Bobby Hutcherson
Violin: Regina Carter
Acoustic Bass: Dave Holland
Electric Bass: Christian McBride
Guitar: Bill Frisell
Piano: Jason Moran
Organ: Dr. Lonnie Smith
Electric Keyboard: Craig Taborn
Miscellaneous Instrument: Béla Fleck (banjo)
Male Vocalist: Kurt Elling
Female Vocalist: Cassandra Wilson
Composer: Maria Schneider
Arranger: Maria Schneider
Producer: Michael Cuscuna
Record Label: Sunnyside
Blues Artist/Group: Buddy Guy
Beyond Artist/Group: Carolina Chocolate Drops

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