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John Coltrane's 'Lost Album' is the predictable 2018 Jazz Journal critics poll winner

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Jazz Journal critics were invited to allot 100 points to 10 choices from the albums reviewed in Jazz Journal in 2018, with a maximum of 20 points per choice. After unhurried, seemly and properly thorough reflection, the results, plus critics' comments on the year (do read those for reflections on their choices and the scene in general), are finally here. Did they arrive at a consensus from the list of 937 CDs from around the world that we reviewed in 2018, with no whittling down or arbitrary filtration through editor or panel "nomination"?

After much collation and number-crunching, the answer is that the "new" Coltrane was a rather predictable winner with a soaraway 70 points, far above anything else. There were a lot of 20s, so discounting those, the decisive winners were those with 21 points and more, as listed below. Now on to the next year, as CDs continue to flood in.

THE TOP 2 SCORERS
John Coltrane Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Impulse) … 70
Kurt Elling The Questions (Okeh) … 45