Rhapsody's Jazz Critics' Poll 2012

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Welcome to the second annual edition of Rhapsody's Jazz Critics' Poll, in which we survey 100+ national critics about their favorite albums of the year, with awards for Album of the Year, Best Reissue, Best Latin Album, Best Vocal Album and Best Debut. Run by writers and critics Francis Davis and Tom Hull (and carried over from a tradition begun at the Village Voice), this year's edition honors luminaries from Charles Mingus to Neneh Cherry to AOTY victor Vijay Iyer. Below you'll find the full results, plus essays from both principles, a tribute to all the jazz luminaries we lost in 2012, picks from Rhapsody jazz critic Seth Colter Walls and more. Enjoy.