There are several excellent papers and developer combinations available today. A great deal depends on the photographers preference as well as his or her vision.
My personal choices are JandC Polywarmtone Classic, Seagull VCFB, Seagull graded, and Azo for contact printing. My developer choices are Dektol, Zone VI print developer, and Amidol.
The JandC paper has the ability to vary tone from warm to neutral depending on developer. With Amidol it can become almost cold. This paper has the guts to print a black. It also has a tonal presence that many papers do not have and coupled to that the price is favorable.
I have used the old Zone VI Brilliant (graded). I am not sure that the new paper is the same paper of old.