DownBeat Announces Winners of the 2018 Int’l Critics Poll

Source: DownBeat.

Pianist Vijay Iyer, singer-songwriter Cécile McLorin Salvant, flutist Nicole Mitchell, trumpeter Amir ElSaffar, orchestra leader Maria Schneider and hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar are among the talented performers who topped multiple categories in the 66th Annual DownBeat International Critics Poll.

Some notable winners:

Jazz Artist: Vijay Iyer

Historical Album: Miles Davis & John Coltrane, The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 (Columbia/Legacy)

Jazz Group: Vijay Iyer Sextet

Trumpet: Ambrose Akinmusire

Alto Saxophone: Rudresh Mahanthappa

Flute: Nicole Mitchell

Guitar: Mary Halvorson

Bass: Christian McBride

Electric Bass: Steve Swallow

Drums: Jack DeJohnette

Percussion: Hamid Drake

Composer: Muhal Richard Abrams (1930–2017)

Record Label: ECM

Rising Star–Jazz Artist (TIE): Kris Davis and Julian Lage

Rising Star–Jazz Group: Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble

Rising Star–Trumpet: Amir ElSaffar

Rising Star–Trombone: Jacob Garchik

Rising Star–Tenor Saxophone: Ingrid Laubrock

Rising Star–Clarinet: Matana Roberts

Rising Star–Piano: Orrin Evans

Rising Star–Guitar: Jakob Bro

Rising Star–Percussion: Satoshi Takeishi

Rising Star–Miscellaneous Instrument: Tomeka Reid (cello)

Rising Star–Composer: Tyshawn Sorey

Rising Star–Arranger: Amir ElSaffar

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