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Arturo Sandoval Wins Best Latin Jazz Album Grammy

Chick Corea takes Best Instrumental award

Chick Corea at CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival
Arturo Sandoval in performance from the 2012 Carolina International Jazz Festival in Puerto Rico

Trumpeter/composer Arturo Sandoval took home the big prize for Best Latin Jazz Album last night in Las Vegas at the 23rd Annual Latin Grammy Awards presentation. Dear Diz (Every Day I Think Of You) (Concord Jazz) is Sandoval’s tribute to Dizzy Gillespie, with whom Sandoval was touring when he defected from his native Cuba in 1990. The album received a positive review in JazzTimes last summer.

Dear Diz also won in the category of Best Engineered Album.

The other albums that were nominated in the Best Latin Jazz Album category were Live In Chicago by Chuchito Valdes (Music Roots), Poncho Sanche and Terence Blanchard = Chano Y Dizzy! by Poncho Sanchez and Terence Blanchard (Concord Picante), Tempo by Tania Maria (Naïve) and the self-titled Jerry González y El Comando De La Clave (Sunnyside).

Chick Corea won the Latin Grammy in the category of Best Instrumental Album for his Further Explorations with Eddie Gomez and Paul Motian (Concord Jazz). The other contenders in that category were Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook by Miguel Zenón (Marsalis Music), Brasilianos 3 by Hamilton De Holanda Quinteto (Adventure Music), Rasgando Seda by Guinga + Quinteto Villa-Lobos (SESC SP) and Día Y Medio by Paquito D’Rivera and Berta Rojas (On Music).

The overall Record of the Year award went to ¡Corre! by Jesse & Joy.

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