Grammy Awards Announced in Jazz Categories

Big winners include Chick Corea & Gary Burton, Esperanza Spalding, Pat Metheny; Robert Glasper Experiment wins Best R&B Album

Winners of the 55th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on Sunday in Los Angeles. Below is our compilation of the jazz-oriented categories, nominees and victors, announced during the Awards’ pre-telecast program. Musical performances during the pre-telecast included World Music Album nominee Hugh Masekela and band. Yesterday, Charlie Haden received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony.

On the Grammy primetime broadcast jazz was sparsely represented: Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band joined the Black Keys on their song "Lonely Boy" and Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Kenny Garrett paid tribute to the late Dave Brubeck (unfortunately, only for about a minute) with a taste of "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo à la Turk."

Winners are bolded below.

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

“Hot House”
Gary Burton & Chick Corea, soloists
Track from: Hot House [Concord Jazz]

[Award accepted by Burton and Corea.]

“Cross Roads”
Ravi Coltrane, soloist
Track from: Spirit Fiction [Blue Note]

“Alice in Wonderland”
Chick Corea, soloist
Track from: Further Explorations (Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez & Paul Motian)
[Concord Jazz]

“J. Mac”
Kenny Garrett, soloist
Track from: Seeds From the Underground
[Mack Avenue Records]

Brad Mehldau, soloist
Track from: Ode (Brad Mehldau Trio) [Nonesuch]

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Radio Music Society
Esperanza Spalding [Heads Up International]

[Award accepted by Spalding.]

Soul Shadows
Denise Donatelli [Savant Records]

1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project
Kurt Elling [Concord Jazz]

Al Jarreau (And the Metropole Orkest) [Concord]

The Book of Chet
Luciana Souza [Sunnyside Records]

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Unity Band
Pat Metheny Unity Band [Nonesuch]

[Award accepted by Metheny and bassist Ben Williams.]

Further Explorations
Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez & Paul Motian [Concord Jazz]

Hot House
Chick Corea & Gary Burton [Concord Jazz]

Seeds From the Underground
Kenny Garrett [Mack Avenue Records]

Blue Moon
Ahmad Jamal [Jazz Village]

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You)
Arturo Sandoval [Concord Jazz]

[Award accepted by Arturo Sandoval and co-producer Gregg Field.]

Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans
Gil Evans Project [ArtistShare]

For the Moment
Bob Mintzer Big Band [MCG Jazz]

Best Latin Jazz Album

The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band [Clare Fischer Productions/Clavo Records]

[Award accepted by Brent Fischer.]

Flamenco Sketches
Chano Domínguez [Blue Note]

Bobby Sanabria Big Band [Jazzheads]

Duos III
Luciana Souza [Sunnyside Records]

New Cuban Express
Manuel Valera New Cuban Express [Mavo Records]

Best Pop Instrumental Album

Chris Botti [Columbia]

Gerald Albright & Norman Brown [Concord Jazz]

Four Hands & a Heart Volume One
Larry Carlton [335 Records, Inc.]

Live at the Blue Note Tokyo
Dave Koz [Just Koz Entertainment]

Arun Shenoy [Arun Shenoy Music Publishing]

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Kisses on the Bottom
Paul McCartney [Hear Music]

Michael Bublé [143/Reprise]

A Holiday Carole
Carole King [Hear Music]

Best Instrumental Composition

“Mozart Goes Dancing”
Chick Corea, composer (Chick Corea & Gary Burton)
Track from: Hot House [Concord Jazz]

[Award accepted by Corea.]

“December Dream”
Chuck Loeb, composer (Fourplay)
Track from: Esprit De Four [Heads Up International]

“Music of Ansel Adams: America”
Chris Brubeck & Dave Brubeck, composers (Temple University Symphony Orchestra) [BCM&D Records]

“Overture, Waltz and Rondo”
Bill Cunliffe, composer (Temple University Symphony Orchestra) [BCM&D Records]

“Without a Paddle”
Bill Holman, composer (Tall & Small)
Track from: High on You [Bosco Records]

Best Instrumental Arrangement

“How About You”
Gil Evans, arranger (Gil Evans Project)
Track from: Centennial - Newly Discovered Works Of Gil Evans [ArtistShare]

[Award accepted by Ryan Truesdell, producer and creator of Centennial.]

“Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite for Ellington”
Michael Philip Mossman, arranger (Bobby Sanabria Big Band)
Track from: Multiverse [Jazzheads]

Bob Mintzer, arranger (Bob Mintzer Big Band)
Track from: For the Moment [MCG Jazz]

“A Night in Tunisia (Actually an Entire Weekend!)”
Wally Minko, arranger (Arturo Sandoval)
Track from: Dear Diz (Every Day I Think Of You) [Concord Jazz]

“Salt Peanuts! (Mani Salado)”
Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Arturo Sandoval)
Track from: Dear Diz (Every Day I Think Of You) [Concord Jazz]

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

“City of Roses”
Thara Memory & Esperanza Spalding, arrangers (Esperanza Spalding)
Track from: Radio Music Society [Heads Up International]

[Award accepted by Spalding and mentor/teacher Memory.]

“Look to the Rainbow”
Gil Evans, arranger (Gil Evans Project and Luciana Souza)
Track from: Centennial - Newly Discovered Works Of Gil Evans [ArtistShare]

“Out There”
Shelly Berg, arranger (Lorraine Feather)
Track from: Tales of the Unusual [Jazzed Media]

“Spain (I Can Recall)”
Vince Mendoza, arranger (Al Jarreau and the Metropole Orkest)
Track from: Live [Concord Records]

“Wild Is the Wind”
Nan Schwartz, arranger (Whitney Claire Kaufman and Andrew Playfoot)
Track from: The Greatest Film Scores of Dimitri Tiomkin [LSO Live]

Best Blues Album

Locked Down
Dr. John [Nonesuch]

[Award accepted by Dr. John and producer Dan Auerbach.]

33 1/3
Shemekia Copeland [Telarc International]

Let It Burn
Ruthie Foster [Blue Corn Music]

And Still I Rise
Heritage Blues Orchestra [Raisin' Music]

Bring It on Home
Joan Osborne [Saguaro Road]

Additional Awardees of Interest

In the Best R&B Album Category

Black Radio
Robert Glasper Experiment [Blue Note]

[Award accepted by Glasper, saxophonist-keyboardist Casey Benjamin, bassist Derrick Hodge and drummer Chris Dave.]

In the Best Surround Sound Album Category

Modern Cool
Jim Anderson, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer;
Michael Friedman, surround producer (Patricia Barber) [Premonition Records]

[Award accepted by Anderson, Proper and Friedman.]

In the Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media Category

Midnight in Paris
(Various Artists) [Madison Gate Records, Inc.]
[Music by Stephane Wrembel, Sidney Bechet, others]

In the Best Album Notes Category

Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles
Billy Vera, album notes writer (Ray Charles) [Concord]

[Award accepted by Vera.]

1 Comment

  • Jul 10, 2013 at 07:52PM Sheila Geiger

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