Friday, July 6, 2012

2012 DownBeat Critics Poll

Along the lines of the previous post’s list, here’s a list of the woodwind winners in the 2012 Annual DownBeat Critics Poll.  I snagged this list from DownBeat’s website; I’ll try to check out the print copy of the magazine this weekend to get more details.  As usual, DB has two groups of winners, the “established” musicians and the “rising stars.”

Soprano Saxophone: Branford Marsalis
Alto Saxophone: Rudresh Mahanthappa
Tenor Saxophone: Sonny Rollins
Baritone Saxophone: Gary Smulyan
Clarinet: Anat Cohen
Flute: Nicole Mitchell
Rising Star Soprano Saxophone: Marcus Strickland
Rising Star Alto Saxophone: David Binney
Rising Star Tenor Saxophone: Anat Cohen
Rising Star Baritone Saxophone: Greg Tardy
Rising Star Clarinet: Evan Christopher
Rising Star Flute: Jamie Baum
Some interesting choices here.  (Branford Marsalis on soprano?  Isn't Dave Liebman still playing?  I thought Greg Tardy was strictly a tenor man; I didn’t even know he played baritone.  Yikes, I’ve never even heard of Evan Christopher.)  As far as this blog goes, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Anat Cohen, Marcus Strickland, David Binney, and Greg Tardy are all fair game in the quest to stay abreast of up-and-coming players, and it’s part of the plan to review some of their recordings here.  In fact, a recording of David Binney’s is next on tap; a review of one of his CD’s should be available here early next week.  In the meantime, have fun pondering DownBeat's list.  As always, comments welcome.

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