Friday, December 08, 2006

old lady awards

Edited 12/9, to add the arranging categories. Will try to make it neater soon)

Passing over the fact that the allegedly hippest award in entertainment sounds like me calling for my father's mother at age five, it's Grammy time again! What it says about the state of music today, didly squat. But for those keeping score at home, the "jazz" categories this year are:

Best Contemporary Jazz Album
The Hidden Land- Béla Fleck & The Flecktones[Columbia]
People People Music Music- Groove Collective[Savoy Jazz Worldwide]
Rewind That- Christian Scott[Concord Jazz]
Sexotica- Sex Mob[Thirsty Ear Recordings, Inc.]
Who Let The Cats Out?-Mike Stern[Heads Up]

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Footprints- Karrin Allyson[Concord Jazz]
Easy To Love- Roberta Gambarini[Groovin' High/Kindred Rhythm]
Live At Jazz Standard With Fred Hersch- Nancy King[Maxjazz]
From This Moment On- Diana Krall[Verve]
Turned To Blue- Nancy Wilson[MCG Jazz]

Best Jazz Instrumental Solo (For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter's name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only.)
Some Skunk Funk- Michael Brecker, soloist Track from: Some Skunk Funk (Randy Brecker w/Michael Brecker)[Telarc Jazz/BHM]
Paq Man Paquito D'Rivera, soloistTrack from: From The Heart (Hilario Duran And His Latin Jazz Big Band)[Alma Records]
Freedom Jazz Dance Taylor Eigsti, soloist Track from: Lucky To Be Me[Concord Jazz]
Hippidy Hop (Drum Solo) Roy Haynes, soloist Track from: Whereas[Dreyfus Jazz]
Hope Branford Marsalis, soloist Track from: Braggtown[Marsalis Music/Rounder]

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
Ornette Coleman- Sound Grammar [Sound Grammar]
The Ultimate Adventure Chick Corea[Stretch Records]
Trio Beyond — Saudades Jack DeJohnette, Larry Goldings & John Scofield[ECM]
Beyond The Wall Kenny Garrett[Nonesuch]
Sonny, Please Sonny Rollins[Doxy Records]

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Some Skunk FunkRandy Brecker With Michael Brecker, Jim Beard, Will Lee, Peter Erskine, Marcio Doctor & Vince Mendoza conducting The WDR Big Band Köln[Telarc Jazz/BHM]
Spirit MusicBob Brookmeyer — New Art Orchestra [ArtistShare]
Streams Of Expression- Joe Lovano Ensemble [Blue Note Records]
Live In Tokyo At The Blue Note- Mingus Big Band [Sunnyside/Sue Mingus Music]
Up From The Skies — Music Of Jim McNeely- The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra [Planet Arts Recordings]

Best Latin Jazz Album (Vocal or Instrumental.)
CodesIgnacio Berroa[Blue Note Records]
Cubist MusicEdsel Gomez[Zoho]
SimpáticoThe Brian Lynch/Eddie Palmieri Project[ArtistShare]
Absolute QuintetDafnis Prieto[Zoho]
VivaDiego Urcola, Edward Simon, Avishai Cohen, Antonio Sanchez & Pernell Saturnino[CAM Jazz]


Best Instrumental Composition
(A Composer's Award for an original composition (not an adaptation) first released during the Eligibility Year. Singles or Tracks only.)

Taylor Eigsti, composer (Taylor Eigsti)
Track from: Lucky To Be Me
[Concord Jazz]

A Concerto In Swing
Patrick Williams, composer (The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra & Big Band)
Track from: Elevation
[Concord Records]

A Prayer For Peace
John Williams, composer (John Williams)
Track from: Munich — Soundtrack
[Decca Records]

Sayuri's Theme And End Credits
John Williams, composer (John Williams, Yo-Yo Ma & Itzhak Perlman)
Track from: Memoirs Of A Geisha — Soundtrack
[Sony Classical]

Fred Hersch, composer (Fred Hersch)
Track from: In Amsterdam: Live At The Bimhuis
[Palmetto Records]

Best Instrumental Arrangement
(An Arranger's Award. (Artist names appear in parenthesis.) Singles or Tracks only.)

Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes
Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band)
Track from: The Phat Pack

Three Ghouls
Chick Corea, arranger (Chick Corea)
Track from: The Ultimate Adventure
[Stretch Records]

Three Women
Gil Goldstein, arranger (Gil Goldstein)
Track from: Under Rousseau's Moon
[Half Note]

Tom & Eddie
Patrick Williams, arranger (The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra & Big Band)
Track from: Elevation
[Concord Records]

Up From The Skies
Jim McNeely, arranger (The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra)
Track from: Up From The Skies — Music Of Jim McNeely
[Planet Arts Recordings]

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
(An Arranger's Award. (Artist names appear in parenthesis.) Singles or Tracks only.)

For Once In My Life
Jorge Calandrelli, arranger (Tony Bennett & Stevie Wonder)
Track from: Duets: An American Classic
[RPM Records/Columbia]

Good Morning Heartache
Gil Goldstein & Greg Phillinganes, arrangers (Chris Botti & Jill Scott)
Track from: To Love Again — The Duets
[Columbia Records]

My Flame Burns Blue (Blood Count)
Vince Mendoza, arranger (Elvis Costello With The Metropole Orkest)
Track from: My Flame Burns Blue
[Deutsche Grammophon]

Slide Hampton, arranger (Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band)
Track from: Dizzy's Business
[MCG Jazz]

Gil Goldstein, arranger (Gil Goldstein)
Track from: Under Rousseau's Moon [Half Note]

taken from the Grammy site.

Congrats especially to Ornette (way past due) and Bob Brookmeyer, though I think both are at the point where voters feel compelled to nominate them if they put something out. (Don't get me wrong, both albums are excellent) To Sex Mob as well, the only useful entry in their category. And I love Fred Hersch's tune "Valentine", both the vocal recording with Norma Winstone and the nominated version. (Fred makes a cameo at Do the Math this week)

Who the hell is Taylor Eigsti? Two nominations??!! I know I'm not as well versed as I used to be, but damn...

I have no special beef with Mike Stern, and he's a helluva guitar player, but "Who Let the Cats Out" could well be the Worst. Album. Title. Ever.

My two cents- I'd say a better than average year for both the vocal category, even if we all know Diana Krall is going to win, and the instrumental album category as well. My heart and brain say Ornette, my gut says Chick... !~$#%@n popularity contests.

Current listening: "You Can't Have Everything" from Winter Truce (and Home Blazes)- Django Bates. Seemed appropu.


Ryshpan said...

Taylor Eigsti came up in that whole 1990s jazz prodigy wave - he's a friend of guitarist Julian Lage (who plays with Gary Burton a lot). If I recall correctly, Taylor and Julian played in a band together on the Grammys when they were both 14 in the mid-90s, or so. While I don't begrudge him his success at all - he's actually a solid player - the Grammy recognition this early in his career smells like a bit like a fait accompli.

Anonymous said...

Just to be accurate, it was Eldar who played at the 2000 Grammy awards with Julian Lage.

balhisay said...

There is another two great covers of Fred Hersch's Valentine. The first one is on Wayne Johnson SOLO GUITAR CD, and the another one is by great vocalist an occasional partner of Hersch, Janis Siegel. This is on A THOUSAND BEAUTIFUL THINGS (Telarc, 2006) and Janis sings with the only company of a colombian harp. Just amazing!