Jazz Hot 11 Countdown

Monday, 10:30 pm to midnight

WRTI's Jazz Hot 11 is a weekly countdown of your favorite new jazz releases in rotation.

Only it wasn't a tie, exactly. I abhor ties more than nature does a vacuum. Ties are unlikely, if not impossible, in the poll's upper echelons. The rules are cleverly designed to circumvent them. See those parenthetical figures next to the point totals?

1 (tie). Rudresh Mahanthappa, Bird Calls (ACT). 350 (53)

1. (tie). Maria Schneider, The Thompson Fields (ArtistShare). 350 (49)

Let’s count down to 2016 by counting down your favorite new jazz releases of 2015!  Join us from 9 PM until midnight, starting on December 28th, to review the year’s top new releases as voted by YOU.  The countdown will wind down just as the ball drops on December 31st, so you can ring in the new year knowing who de-throned last year’s #1, Pete Smyser.

The Centennial Collection of Billie Holiday

Apr 6, 2015

Is Billie Holiday the ultimate jazz singer? You might think so, listening to this commemorative anthology that draws from Lady Day’s early period. She performs tunes recorded between 1935 and 1945, either fronting pianist Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra or leading her own. These are timeless, defining songs that continue to feed into the myth, magic, and tragedy that is Ms. Holiday.

WRTI's Jazz Hot 11 is a weekly countdown of your favorite new jazz releases in rotation.  
This week's Hot 11:  
1. Dee Alexander - Now or Never - SONGS MY MOTHER LOVES   

WRTI's Jazz Hot 11 is a weekly countdown of your favorite new jazz releases in rotation.  
This week's Hot 11:  
1.  Cyrus Chestnut - Bag's Groove - MIDNIGHT MELODIES   

WRTI's Jazz Hot 11 is a weekly countdown of your favorite new jazz releases in rotation.  
This week's Hot 11:  
1. Fred Hersch Trio - Floating - FLOATING   

WRTI's Jazz Hot 11 is a weekly countdown of your favorite new jazz releases in rotation.  
This week's Hot 11:  
1. Gregory Porter - Moanin' - GREAT VOICES OF HARLEM   

The last time Fred Hersch was featured on Weekend Edition Saturday, the headline read, "Back On Stage By No Small Miracle." It was 2009, and scarcely a year earlier, the jazz pianist had suffered AIDS-related dementia and fallen into a coma for several months. Since recovering, Hersch has come roaring back to music, releasing a string of live albums to critical success.

WRTI's Jazz Hot 11 is a weekly countdown of your favorite new jazz releases in rotation.  
This week's Hot 11:  
1. Gregory Porter - Moanin' - GREAT VOICES OF HARLEM   

WRTI's Jazz Hot 11 is a weekly countdown of your favorite new jazz releases in rotation.  
This week's Hot 11:  
1. Elio Villafranca and His Jass Syncopators - Caribbean Tinge - CARIBBEAN TINGE: LIVE FROM DIZZYS JALC

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