Ben Among Top Bassists in 2011 Downbeat Critics Poll

I'm honored and humbled to be included in this list of great bassists by Downbeat Magazine in their annual Critics Poll.

Dave Holland 112 Christian McBride 84 Charlie Haden 58 Esperanza Spalding 48 Gary Peacock 35 William Parker 31 Ben Allison 26 Ron Carter 25 John Patitucci 21 Larry Grenadier 20 Robert Hurst 20 François Moutin 15 Avishai Cohen 14 Charnett Moffett 14 George Mraz 14

I'm not sure I'm worthy but I thank the critics who voted for me. It feels good to have your work recognized. I especially love the idea of celebrating the genius of these incredible musicians. I had the chance to hear Christian play a blues with my friend, drummer Matt Wilson a few months ago and I have to say that it was one of the most amazing things I've heard this year. It's fantastic to hear Christian's complex and fluid ideas spill out and become reality in such a seemingly effortless way. Charlie Haden and Dave Holland are two of my biggest inspirations, both as bassists and as band leaders and composers. Congrats to Charlie on his recent NEA Jazz Masters award.