For you poll watchers out there, here are the woodwind winners of the 61st Annual Downbeat Critics Poll. The full list of winners is on the Downbeat website, though I haven’t seen the list of other vote-getters since I don’t have the August print issue yet. I might have some thoughts on the poll after I see the full results. Wayne Shorter is getting a lot of attention with the release of his acclaimed recording Without a Net; besides winning the soprano saxophone category, Shorter also won Jazz Artist of the year, Without a Net won for best jazz album, and his quartet won for best jazz group.
If anyone has any
thoughts about these winners, send them here to AJS.
Soprano Saxophone: Wayne Shorter
Alto Saxophone: Rudresh Mahanthappa
Tenor Saxophone: Joe Lovano
Baritone Saxophone: Gary Smulyan
Clarinet: Anat Cohen
Flute: Nicole Mitchell
Rising Star Soprano Saxophone: Anat Cohen
Rising Star Alto Saxophone: Tia Fuller
Rising Star Tenor Saxophone: Jon Irabagon
Rising Star Baritone Saxophone: Vinny Golia
Rising Star Clarinet: Ben Goldberg
Rising Star Flute: Tia Fuller