Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Jazz & Blues Grammy Nominees

While most of the world will only look at "Best Male, Female, Pop, Rap and Rock" awards, this is a reminder that the Grammys cover the entire musical spectrum.

The nominees were announced yesterday, and here are the Jazz & Blues nominees (after the jump)

30. Best Improvised Jazz Solo

All Or Nothing At All
Randy Brecker, soloist

Track from: The Jazz Ballad Song Book (Randy Brecker With DR Big Band)

You Are My Sunshine
Ron Carter, soloist

Track from: This Is Jazz (Donald Harrison, Ron Carter & Billy Cobham)

500 Miles High
Chick Corea, soloist

Track from: Forever (Corea, Clarke & White)

Fred Hersch, soloist

Track from: Alone At The Vanguard

Sonnymoon For Two
Sonny Rollins, soloist

Track from: Road Shows Vol. 2

31. Best Jazz Vocal Album

'Round Midnight
Karrin Allyson

The Mosaic Project
Terri Lyne Carrington & Various Artists

The Gate
Kurt Elling

American Road
Tierney Sutton (Band)

The Music Of Randy Newman
Roseanna Vitro

32. Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Bond: The Paris Sessions
Gerald Clayton

Corea, Clarke & White

Alone At The Vanguard
Fred Hersch

Bird Songs
Joe Lovano/Us Five

Road Shows Vol. 2
Sonny Rollins


33. Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

The Jazz Ballad Song Book
Randy Brecker With DR Big Band

The Good Feeling
Christian McBride Big Band

40 Acres And A Burro
Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Gerald Wilson Orchestra

Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook
Miguel Zenón

45. Best Blues Album

Low Country Blues
Gregg Allman

Roadside Attractions
Marcia Ball

Man In Motion
Warren Haynes

The Reflection
Keb Mo

Tedeschi Trucks Band

I noticed that the Blues category has been added to American Roots instead of it's own, and instead of two awards (Best Traditional Blues and Best Contemporary Blues) they merged it into a single award.

I don't know if this is a good idea... I mean, as much as blues is not as popular today but there are too many artists to merge all in one category.

The Grammys will take place on February 12, 2012


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