Source: NPR. The top recordings are good, but beyond those is where these lists shine.
Below are the results of NPR Music’s 6th Annual Jazz Critics Poll (my 13th annual, going back to its beginnings in the Village Voice). Wayne Shorter’s Emanon was voted Album of the Year, and Cecile McLorin Salvant’s The Window Best Vocal. Shorter and Salvant have won these categories previously (thrice in Salvant’s case), and Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album marks the second victory in Rara Avis (a catch-all term for reissues, vault discoveries, and the like) for John Coltrane. David Virelles’s Igbó Alákorin (The Singer’s Grove): Vol. I & II won Best Latin Jazz and Justin Brown’s Nyeusi was Best Debut.