Jazz Journal Critics' Poll 2011

Jan LundgrenThis year we had 30 critics choosing from some 798 records reviewed in Jazz Journal in 2011. Over 200 records were nominated but there were decisive wins for Jan Lundgren's Together Again...At The Jazz Bakery and the Duke Ellington set on Mosaic, both scoring record numbers of votes.

See the print edition for seven pages of analysis and comment including each critic's selection and summary of the year and a list of the 200+ nominations.

Pictured: Jan Lundgren (right) with Wallander star Krister Henriksson at the 2010 Ystad Jazz Festival


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Top 10 new issues 2011 as voted by Jazz Journal critics


Jan Lundgren: Together Again...At The Jazz Bakery (Fresh Sound) 87
Bobby Wellins: Time Gentlemen, Please (Trio Records) 50
Michael Garrick: Tone Poems (JAZA Records) 45
Tommy Smith: Karma (Spartacus) 40
Mathias Eick: Skala (ECM) 35
Lee Konitz/Mehldau/Haden/Motian: Live At Birdland (ECM) 35
Gary Burton: Common Ground (Mack Avenue) 30
Kurt Elling: The Gate (Concord) 30
Exploding Star Orchestra: Stars Have Shapes (Delmark) 25
Joe Lovano Us Five: Bird Songs (Blue Note) 25


Top 10 reissues 2011 as voted by Jazz Journal critics


Duke Ellington: 1932-1940 Brunswick, Columbia, Master (Mosaic) 95
Louis Armstrong: The Ambassador Of Jazz (Universal) 75
John Coltrane: Original Album Series (Warner/Rhino) 50
Buck Clayton: Complete Legendary Jam Sessions (Solar) 40
Miles Davis: The Bootleg Sessions Vol. 1 (Columbia) 40
Joe Harriott: The Joe Harriott Story (Properbox) 30
Coleman Hawkins: The High And Mighty Hawk (Poll Winners) 30
Charles Mingus: Blues And Roots (Essential Jazz Classics) 30
Sonny Clark: Sonny's Conception (Properbox) 25
Ornette Coleman: Original Album Series (Warner/Rhino) 25

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