Grammy Nominations Announced

Contenders include Corea, Ravi, Glasper, Spalding, Porter & many more

Nominees for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on Wednesday. Below is our compilation of the jazz-oriented categories and nominees. Winners will be announced at the awards show in Los Angeles on Feb. 10.

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

“Cross Roads”

Ravi Coltrane, soloist

Track from: Spirit Fiction [Blue Note]

“Hot House”

Gary Burton & Chick Corea, soloists

Track from: Hot House [Concord Jazz]

“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

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]

Radio Music Society

Esperanza Spalding [Heads Up International]

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

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]

Unity Band

Pat Metheny Unity Band [Nonesuch]

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans

Gil Evans Project [ArtistShare]

For the Moment

Bob Mintzer Big Band [MCG Jazz]

Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You)

Arturo Sandoval [Concord Jazz]

Best Latin Jazz Album

Flamenco Sketches

Chano Domínguez [Blue Note]


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


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


Gerald Albright & Norman Brown [Concord Jazz]


Chris Botti [Columbia]

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


Michael Bublé [143/Reprise]

A Holiday Carole

Carole King [Hear Music]

Kisses on the Bottom

Paul McCartney [Hear Music]

Best Instrumental Composition

“December Dream”

Chuck Loeb, composer (Fourplay)

Track from: Esprit De Four [Heads Up International]

“Mozart Goes Dancing”

Chick Corea, composer (Chick Corea & Gary Burton)

Track from: Hot House [Concord Jazz]

“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

“Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite for Ellington”

Michael Philip Mossman, arranger (Bobby Sanabria Big Band)

Track from: Multiverse [Jazzheads]

“How About You”

Gil Evans, arranger (Gil Evans Project)

Track from: Centennial – Newly Discovered Works Of Gil Evans [ArtistShare]


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]

“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

33 1/3

Shemekia Copeland [Telarc International]

Locked Down

Dr. John [Nonesuch]

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 Nominations of Interest

In the Best R&B Album Category

Black Radio

Robert Glasper Experiment [Blue Note]

In the Best R&B Performance Category

“Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.)”

Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Ledisi

Track from: Black Radio [Blue Note]

In the Best Traditional R&B Performance Category


Anita Baker [Blue Note]

“Real Good Hands”

Gregory Porter

Track from: Be Good [Motema Music]

In the Best Album Notes Category

Piazzolla in Brooklyn

Fernando Gonzalez, album notes writer (Pablo Aslan Quintet) [Soundbrush]

In the Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical Category

The Absence

Moogie Canazio & Al Schmitt, engineers; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer

(Melody Gardot) [Verve/Decca]

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]

In the Best Long Form Music Video Category

Radio Music Society

Esperanza Spalding

Pilar Sanz, video director; Esperanza Spalding, video producer [Heads Up International]