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50th Annual Grammy Nominees Announced

The nominees for the 50th annual Grammy awards were announced today. The nominees in the jazz categories are as follows:

Best Contemporary Jazz Album

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of INSTRUMENTAL tracks)

* Party Hats/Will Bernard [Palmetto Records]

* Downright Upright/Brian Bromberg [Artistry Music]

* Re-imagination/Eldar [Masterworks Jazz]

* River: The Joni Letters/Herbie Hancock [Verve]

* He Had A Hat/Jeff Lorber [Blue Note]

Best Jazz Vocal Album (For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks)

* Avant Gershwin/Patti Austin [Rendezvous Entertainment]

* Red Earth – A Malian Journey/Dee Dee Bridgewater [DDB/Emarcy]

* Music Maestro Please/Freddy Cole [HighNote Records]

* Nightmoves/Kurt Elling [Concord Jazz]

* On The Other Side/Tierney Sutton (Band) [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 parentheses for identification. Singles or Tracks only)

* Levees/Terence Blanchard, soloist/Track from: A Tale Of God’s Will (A Requiem For Katrina) [Blue Note]

* Anagram/Michael Brecker, soloist/Track from: Pilgrimage [Heads Up International]

* Both Sides Now/Herbie Hancock, soloist/Track from: River: The Joni Letters [Verve]

* Lullaby/Hank Jones, soloist/Track from: Kids: Live At Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (Joe Lovano and Hank Jones)[Blue Note]

* 1000 Kilometers/Paul McCandless, soloist/Track from: 1000 Kilometers (Oregon) [CamJazz]

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of INSTRUMENTAL tracks)

* Pilgrimage/Michael Brecker [Heads Up International]

* Live At The Village Vanguard/The Bill Charlap Trio [Blue Note]

* Kids: Live At Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola/Joe Lovano And Hank Jones

[Blue Note]

* Line By Line/John Patitucci [Concord Jazz]

* Back East/Joshua Redman [Nonesuch Records]

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album (For large jazz ensembles, including big band sounds. Albums must contain 51% or more INSTRUMENTAL tracks)

* A Tale Of God’s Will (A Requiem For Katrina)/Terence Blanchard

[Blue Note]

* Eternal Licks & Grooves/The Bob Florence Limited Edition

[MAMA Records]

* Hommage/The Bill Holman Band

[Jazzed Media]

* Sky Blue/Maria Schneider Orchestra


* With Love/Charles Tolliver Big Band [Blue Note]

Best Latin Jazz Album (Vocal or Instrumental)

* Funk Tango/Paquito D’Rivera Quintet? [Paquito Records]

* The Magician/Sammy Figueroa And His Latin Jazz Explosion [Savant Records]

* Borrowed Time/Steve Khan [Tone Center Records]

* Refugee/Hector Martignon [Zoho]

* Big Band Urban Folktales/Bobby Sanabria Big Band [Jazzheads]

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