Jazzwise Magazine’s albums of the year

Charles Lloyd

Wayne Shorter, Sons of Kemet and Kurt Elling are among the critics’ top selections of 2018

Jazzwise Magazine have published their annual albums of the year critics poll. Two legendary saxophonists have bagged the top spots this year: Wayne Shorter with his orchestral creative art piece called 'Emanon', and Charles Lloyd alongside his band The Marvels and vocalist Lucinda Williams for their Americana infused 'Vanished Gardens' LP. Other highlights include two albums from pianist Brad Mehldau, the Mercury prize nominated British 4-piece Sons of Kemet, Kurt Elling’s 'The Questions' and Jazz FM’s international jazz artist of the year Cecile Mclorin Salvant. The full list is below with more reviews on the Jazzwise website.

1 Charles Lloyd & The Marvels + Lucinda Williams
Vanished Gardens
Blue Note

2 Wayne Shorter
Emanon
Blue Note

3 Sons of Kemet
Your Queen Is A Reptile
Impulse!

4 Brad Mehldau Trio
Seymour Reads The Constitution!
Nonesuch
 
5 = Joshua Redman/Ron Miles/Scott Colley/Brian Blade
Still Dreaming
Nonesuch
 
5 = Cécile McLorin Salvant
The Window
Mack Avenue

7 = Brad Mehldau
After Bach
Nonesuch

7 = Kurt Elling
The Questions
OKeh

7 = Nicole Mitchell
Maroon Cloud
FPE Records

10 = Liran Donin’s 1000 Boats
8 Songs
Cavalo

10 = Nat Birchall
Cosmic Language
Jazzman

10 = Ambrose Akinmusire
Origami Harvest
Blue Note

13 = Mark Turner/Ethan Iverson
Temporary Kings
ECM

13 = Jean Toussaint
Brother Raymond
Lyte

15 Michael Wollny Trio
Wartburg
ACT

16 = Julian Siegel Quartet
Vista
Whirlwind Recordings

16 = Roller Trio
New Devices
Edition

16 = Elliot Galvin
The Influencing Machine
Edition

19 = Bobo Stenson
Contra La Indecision
ECM

19 = Esbjörn Svensson Trio
e.s.t. live in London
ACT

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