December 28, 2011 by

Rounding up the "Best Jazz of 2011" lists

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<p>As 2011 comes to a close, jazz journalists, DJs, critics and bloggers have been publishing their annual “Best Of” lists, and once again this year, St. Louis Jazz Notes is offering a meta-list with links to all of the “Best Jazz of 2011″ lists we can locate.</p>
<p>As in years past, it’s alphabetized by writers’ names. In those cases when a list was collaborative or presented as a staff-written project, the name of the publication or media outlet is used instead. Here’s what’s come out so far:</p>
<p>* <a href=S. Victor Aaron, Something Else! – Top Albums for 2011: Fusion Jazz, Mainstream and Modern Jazz, Whack Jazz
* ABC Jazz – Best of 2011
* AlbanyJazz.com – Staff’s Top 5 Jazz Albums Of 2011
* Scott Albin, JazzTimes – Top 50 Jazz CDs of 2011
* Clifford Allen, Ni Kantu – Things We Like #2 – The Best of 2011
* AllMusic’s Favorite Jazz Albums of 2011
* Amazing Smooth and Jazz Radio – The Best Jazz Albums Of 2011
* Amazon.com – The Best Jazz Albums of 2011
* Oliver Amnuayphol, Aperion Audio’s The Sound Room – The Top Ten Classical and Jazz Albums of 2011
* Marc Antunes, Nextbop – Best Albums of 2011
* Bridget Arnwine, Examiner.com – Best Recordings of 2011
* Avant Music News – Best of 2011
* C. Michael Bailey, AllAboutJazz.com – Best Releases of 2011
* Leonardo Barroso, WorldJazz – Best Jazz 2011
* Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times – 2011 year in review: Best in jazz
* Angelika Beener, Alternate Takes – If I Had To Choose: My Top Jazz Albums of 2011
* Nick Bewsey, Jazz in Space – Top Jazz Releases of 2011
* Brett Bickel, 94.7 The Wave – Top 10 Best Selling Jazz Albums of 2011
* Chip Boaz, Latin Jazz Corner – Latin Jazz Corner Best Of 2011 Awards
* Shaun Brady, Philadephia City Paper – Top Jazz Albums of 2011
* Alexander Brown, Nextbop – Best Albums of 2011
* Bill Brownlee, Plastic Sax – Top Ten Albums and Concerts of 2011
* Robert Bush, San Diego Reader – Top 15 SD Jazz Concerts for 2011; The International Top Ten Jazz Releases 2011
* CapitalBop.com – D.C.’s Best Records of 2011: The Top 5; Honorable Mention
* Nate Cavalieri, Rhapsody.com- The Top 25 Jazz Records of 2011
* Nate Chinen, New York Times – Sounds That Come From in the Head and on the Street
* Cosmic Jazz – Best jazz of the year
* David Dacks, Exclaim.ca – Improv & Avant-Garde 2011: Unstandards – Reinventing Jazz
* Curtis Davenport, Curt’s Jazz Cafe – Best Jazz of 2011 – The Final List
* Anthony Dean-Harris, Nextbop – Best Albums of 2011
* R.J. DeLuke, RJ on Jazz – Best Albums of 2011
* Nick DeRiso, Something Else! – Top Albums for 2011: Mainstream and Modern Jazz Edition; Jazz Rock and Fusion Jazz Edition
* eJazzNews – Best Canadian Jazz 2011
* Exclaim.ca – Improv & Avant-Garde 2011: 10 Favourites
* Pamela Espelund, Bebopified – Top 10 Local Jazz CDs of 2011
* Ken Franckling’s Jazz Notes – The best of 2011 – my take
* Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix – 10 Boston jazz acts that blew through the roof in 2011
* Ted Gioia, TedGioia.com – The 100 Best CDs of 2011
* Stephen Graham, Jazzwise – Gregory Porter Wins Jazzwise Album Of The Year
* Steve Greenlee, Boston Globe – Jazz’s top albums of 2011
* George Grella, The Big City – 2011 Year’s Best Jazz
* Kevin Kniestedt, Groove Notes – 10 Best Jazz Albums of 2011
* Alexandra Heeny, The Stanford Daily – Best jazz albums of 2011
* Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph – 2011: The best moments in classical and jazz music
* Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen – Went on a bender, wrote a year-ender (My best-of-2011 jazz lists); Canada’s Top 5 jazz discs for 2011
* Issue Project Room – Our favorite live recordings of 2011
* Patrick Jarenwattenon, NPR’s A Blog Supreme – The Best Jazz of 2011
* The Jazz Breakfast – Festive Fifty
* Jazz and Bossa Review – A Year in Review: The Best of 2011
* Jazzcorner.com’s Speakeasy – Top 10 of 2011
* Rob Johnson, Examiner.com – Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2011
* Jazz Journalists Association member lists
* Fred Kaplan, Slate/Stereophile – The Best Jazz Albums of 2011
* John Kelman, AllAboutJazz.com – Best Releases of 2011
* LA Weekly - The Best Los Angeles Jazz Concerts of 2011
* Devin Leonard, Capital New York – The “J-Word”: In a year of controversy the best jazz albums tested the parameters of the term
* Doug Levine, Voice of America – 2011 a Milestone Year for Jazz
* Bruce Lindsay, AllAboutJazz.com – Best Releases of 2011; The JazzLife UK Gilded Butterfly Awards 2011
* Lucid Culture – The 25 Best Jazz Albums of 2011
* Howard Mandel, Jazz Beyond Jazz – Favorite recordings, 2011 — many more than 10
* Dan McClenaghan, AllAboutJazz.com – Best Releases of 2011
* Owen McNally, Hartford Courant – The Year In Jazz in Connecticut 2011
* Bill Meyer, Magnet – Best Of 2011: Jazz
* Ralph A. Miriello, Huffington Post/Notes on Jazz – My Picks for the Best of Jazz 2011
* Roger Mitchell, Ausjazz – Top 10 Albums for 2011
* Tim Niland, Music and More – It’s the End of the Year as We Know It (and I feel anxious…); Best of 2011, Part II: Historical Releases; Best of 2011, Part III: Top ten new releases for 2011
* North Coast Journal – Redwood Jazz Alliance 5+5 Top Jazz Albums 2011
* Rob Nowlin, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Best Jazz Concert: Fourplay
* NPR, 50 Favorite Albums of 2011; Five Awesome Jazz Vocal Performances
* Sean J. O’Connell, LA Weekly – Top Five Los Angeles Jazz Albums of 2011
* Organissimo Jazz Discussion Forum – “Best of Jazz” 2011
* David A. Orthmann, AllAboutJazz.com – Best Releases of 2011
* Denis Poole, Smooth Jazz Therapy – Top Twenty Tracks Of 2011
* PopMatters.com (John Garratt and Will Layman) – The Best Jazz of 2011
* PopMatters.com – Top 10 Jazz Tunes for People Who Don’t Like Jazz
* Chris Parker, LondonJazz – 2011 CD Round-up
* Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune – Zenon, Adasiewicz, Lage top best jazz list; The best jazz shows of 2011
* Bret Saunders, Denver Post - A look back at the year’s top 10 satisfying CDs, Plus, some reissues you’ll want to revisit
* Richard Scheinin, San Jose Mercury News – Best jazz CDs of 2011
* Sebastian Scotney, LondonJazz – 2011 remembered
* Alan Shipton, BBC3 – Jazz Library: The Best New Releases of 2011
* Areif Sless-Kitain, TimeOut Chicago – Top 10 jazz albums of the year
* Hank Shteamer, Dark Forces Swing Blind Punches/TimeOut New York – Best of 2011, part I: Jazz; The best (and worst) music of 2011: Hank Shteamer’s picks
* Mike Stratton, MLive.com – Top 20 jazz releases in 2011 include some with Michigan State University connections
* Dave Sumner, AllAboutJazz.com – Best Releases/Downloads of 2011; Bird is the Worm – Tiny Reviews – Recapping the Best of 2011, Part 1; Part 2
* Derek Taylor, Dusted – Best of 2011
* Jacob Teichroew, About.com – 2011: A Year in Reviews
* Mark F. Turner, AllAboutJazz.com – Best Releases of 2011
* Jez Thomas, BBC3′s Jazz on 3 – Best UK Jazz of 2011
* George Thomas, Vermont Public Radio – Favorite Jazz CDs of 2011
* Seth Colter Walls, The Awl – The “Difficult Listening Hour” 50 Favorite Albums of 2011
* Josh Weinstein, KDHX’s All Soul No Borders – Top 10 Albums of 2011
* Michael J. West, Washington City Paper – The Jazzies: D.C.’s Best Jazz in 2011
* J.J. Wheeler, The Jazz Breakfast – Pick of 2011
* The Whole Music Experience – WME Top Ten World and Jazz Albums of 2011
* Geoffrey Winston, LondonJazz – Geoffrey Winston’s selection
* Ypsilon – Os melhores discos de jazz em 2011

Also, once again this year the New York Times‘ Nate Chinen hosted a fairly interesting discussion about the year in jazz over at his blog The Gig, conversing with fellow critics Angelika Beener, Aaron Cohen, Joe Tangari and K. Leander Williams in eight parts:

Part 1: Year of the Cannibal
Part 2: A Windy City Reply
Part 3: Straight Toward the End Zone
Part 4: Still Room for More
Part 5: Occupy Jazz?
Part 6: Ignoring The Boundaries
Part 7: Connectedness to the Culture
Part 8: One More Once: Last Thoughts

Regarding StLJN’s 2011 meta-list, any other year-end best-of lists that show up in the near future will be added as they appear. If you’ve seen any other 2011 year-end jazz lists that aren’t mentioned here, please use the comments (or send me an email) to share the information. And if you like, you also can use the comments to discuss your own favorite jazz releases, shows and moments of 2011.

Last but not least, if you’d like to re-visit StLJN’s past “best of” list round-ups, here are the meta-lists for 2007 (parts 1 and 2), 2008 (parts 1 and 2), 2009 and 2010.

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