Sunday, December 9, 2012

The 2013 Grammy Awards: The Blues & Jazz Nominees

Another year, another Grammy Award Ceremony. On February 10, 2013, artists will be awarded for their achievements in the various genres of music.

As usual, I'll only be bringing you the blues & jazz nominations.

If you remember, there were some changes to the awards last year (see my previous post on this [here]), and it continues to this year, where the awards for the jazz and blues categories were downsized dramatically.

Anyhow, here is the list for the 55th annual Grammy Awards. See the entire list [here].

Best Improvised Jazz Solo 
Cross Roads
Ravi Coltrane, soloist
Track from: Spirit Fiction
Hot House
Gary Burton ; Chick Corea, soloists
Track from: Hot House
Alice In Wonderland
Chick Corea, soloist
Track from: Further Explorations (Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez & Paul Motian)
J. Mac
Kenny Garrett, soloist
Track from: Seeds From The Underground
Brad Mehldau, soloist
Track from: Ode (Brad Mehldau Trio)

Best Jazz Vocal Album 
Soul Shadows
Denise Donatelli
1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project
Kurt Elling
Al Jarreau (And The Metropole Orkest)
The Book Of Chet
Luciana Souza
Radio Music Society
Esperanza Spalding

Best Jazz Instrumental Album 
Further Explorations
Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez & Paul Motian
Hot House
Chick Corea ; Gary Burton
Seeds From The Underground
Kenny Garrett
Blue Moon
Ahmad Jamal
Unity Band
Pat Metheny Unity Band

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album 
Centennial: Newly Discovered Works Of Gil Evans
Gil Evans Project
For The Moment
Bob Mintzer Big Band
Dear Diz (Every Day I Think Of You)
Arturo Sandoval

Best Latin Jazz Album 
Flamenco Sketches
Chano Domínguez
The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band
Bobby Sanabria Big Band
Duos III
Luciana Souza
New Cuban Express
Manuel Valera New Cuban Express

Best Blues Album

33 1/3
Shemekia Copeland

Locked Down
Dr. John

Let It Burn
Ruthie Foster

And Still I Rise
Heritage Blues Orchestra

Bring It On Home
Joan Osborne

Again, the blues category is slimmed to only one, mixing both traditional and contemporary blues. The jazz categories are also slimmed out to only five. It's nice to see Ravi Coltrane (son of John Coltrane) in the list, as well as hard hitters like Chick Corea and Pat Metheny.

I'll be posting the results when they come out!

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