(Photo: Mark Sheldon)

The 88th Annual DownBeat Readers Poll!

The DownBeat Readers have spoken. And the results are vast! With 36 categories and hundreds upon hundreds of albums and artists listed, this year’s poll — as always —…

Wayne Shorter, Artist of the Year

Artemis, Jazz Group of the Year


Miguel Zenón

Música de Las Américas

Jon Irabagon
Rising Sun

Brian Charette
(Cellar Live)

Harish Raghavan
In Tense


Mareike Wiening

(Greenleaf Music)

Irreversible Entanglements
Protect Your Light

Vincent Hsu & The Jazz Supreme Orchestra
Music For The River Jazz Suite: The Spirit of Love River & Mississippi
(Truth Revolution Records)

Kris Davis
Diatom Ribbons Live At The Village Vanguard


Albert Ayler

Albert Ayler: The Truth Is Marching In

In a restaurant-bar in Greenwich Village, tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler was ruminating on the disparity between renown and income. In his case, anyway. Covers of his albums are prominent in the windows of more and more jazz record stores; references to him are increasingly frequent in jazz magazines, here and abroad; a growing number of players are trying to sound like him.

“I’m a new star, according to a magazine in England,” Ayler said, “and I don’t even have fare to England. Record royalties? I never see any. Oh, maybe I’ll get $50…

Growing Up Monk

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December 2023
Pharoah Sanders
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