Rudresh Mahanthappa tied for first place in the 2015 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll compiled by writer Francis Davis. The alto saxophonist talks about his victory, Bird Calls, a recording he calls a "blissful devotion" to Charlie Parker. Mahanthappa also shares his favorite recordings this year, music by Cecile McLorin Salvant, Rez Abassi, Liberty Ellman, and Amir ElSaffar.
The critics have voted. The ballots are counted. The results of the 2015 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll are here. A Blog Supreme's Patrick Jarenwattananon talks about its findings and shares some of its highlights, including music by Maria Schneider, Kamasi Washington, Arturo O'Farrill, Hiatus Kiayote, Mary Halvorson, and more.
See the poll results here.
Drummer Mike Reed, chairman of The Chicago Jazz Festival, talks about the 50th anniversary of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and A New Kind of Dance, the latest release by his band People, Places and Things.
Reed also runs one of Chicago’s best venues for experimental music, Constellation.
Author Ashley Kahn talks with Simon Rentner about the sixtieth anniversary of trumpeter Miles Davis's first appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival.
Some of bassist William Parker's first jazz recordings were of Ornette Coleman. He shares the music that changed his life.
The brainiest blogger in jazz, A Blog Supreme's Patrick Jarenwattananon, reviews NPRMusic's annual critics' poll of the best jazz CDs and trades notes with The Checkout on our own personal favorites for the year.
The pianist and disc-jockey shares music from some of his favorite modern Canadian jazz artists -- the Doxas Brothers, Jérôme Beaulieu, Rich Brown, Kenny Wheeler, and Field Trip -- with WBGO's Simon Rentner at the Montreal Jazz Festival.