Thursday, January 03, 2008

The Polls Toll

If you're not tired yet of year-end lists, jazz writer Francis Davis has parsed the votes of 57 of his peers in an insightful article called "The Year of the Woman" in this week's Village Voice.

You can also have a look at the individual ballots. Mine differs slightly from the one posted here since Davis asked voters to break out reissues/historical releases into a separate category. The Voice jazz poll also differs from many of the other year-end lists by asking voters to specify choices for vocal, Latin and debut recordings. Personally, I love that latter category, since it's a great opportunity to check out new talent. No surprise, drummer Tyshawn Sorey captured the category for 2007's audacious double-CD.

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