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2006 Grammy Award Nominees Announced

It’s Grammy time again – the Recording Academy announced its nominations for the 2006 Grammy awards, to be held on Feb. 8 in Los Angeles, this morning. A full list of nominees is available at the Recording Academy’s website, but here are the jazz field nominees… and the Pop Instrumental nominees:

Best Contemporary Jazz Album

(For albums containing 51 percent or more playing time of instrumental tracks.)

  • Keystone Dave Douglas [Greenleaf Music]
  • Soulgrass Bill Evans [BHM Productions]
  • The Way Up Pat Metheny Group [Nonesuch]
  • The Spirit Music Jamia: Dance Of The Infidel Meshell Ndegeocello [Shanachie Entertainment Corp.]
  • Momentum Joshua Redman Elastic Band [Nonesuch]

Best Jazz Vocal Album

(For albums containing 51 percent or more playing time of vocal tracks.)

  • J’ai Deux Amours Dee Dee Bridgewater [Sovereign Artists]
  • Blueprint Of A Lady – Sketches Of Billie Holiday Nnenna Freelon (pictured) [Concord Jazz]
  • Good Night, And Good Luck. Dianne Reeves [Concord Jazz]
  • Duos II Luciana Souza [Sunnyside]
  • I’m With The Band Tierney Sutton [Telarc 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.)

  • “‘Round Midnight” from ‘Round Midnight [Artistry Music] Alan Broadbent, soloist
  • “Away” from In Flux [Savoy Jazz] Ravi Coltrane, soloist
  • “The Source” from Flow (Terence Blanchard) [Blue Note Records] Herbie Hancock, soloist
  • “A Love Supreme – Acknowledgement” from Coltrane’s A Love Supreme Live In Amsterdam [Marsalis Music] Branford Marsalis, soloist
  • “Why Was I Born?” from Without A Song – The 9/11 Concert [Milestone] Sonny Rollins, soloist

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group

(For albums containing 51 percent or more playing time of instrumental tracks.)

  • Flow Terence Blanchard [Blue Note Records]
  • Lyric Billy Childs Ensemble [Lunacy Music/Artistshare]
  • Live At The House Of Tribes Wynton Marsalis [Blue Note Records]
  • Beyond The Sound Barrier Wayne Shorter Quartet [Verve]
  • What Now? Kenny Wheeler With Dave Holland, Chris Potter & John Taylor [CAM Jazz]

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

(For large jazz ensembles, including big band sounds. Albums must contain 51 percent or more instrumental tracks.)

  • Overtime Dave Holland Big Band [Sunnyside/Dare2]
  • A Blessing John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble [OmniTone]
  • Live The Bill Holman Band [Jazzed Media]
  • I Am Three Mingus Big Band, Orchestra & Dynasty [Sunnyside/Sue Mingus Music]
  • Home Of My Heart The Chris Walden Big Band [Origin]

Best Latin Jazz Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

  • Time Was – Time Is Ray Barretto [O Plus Music]
  • Here And Now – Live In Concert Caribbean Jazz Project Featuring Dave Samuels [Concord Picante]
  • …And Sammy Walked In Sammy Figueroa And His Latin Jazz Explosion [Savant Records]
  • Listen Here! Eddie Palmieri [Concord Picante]
  • Mulatos Omar Sosa [Otá Records]

Best Pop Instrumental Album

(For albums containing 51 percent or more playing time of instrumental tracks.)

  • At This Time Burt Bacharach [Columbia Records]
  • Bloom Eric Johnson [Favored Nations]
  • Naked Guitar Earl Klugh [Koch Records]
  • Belladonna Daniel Lanois [Anti]
  • Flipside Jeff Lorber [Narada Jazz]
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