Here’s the top-selling contemporary jazz albums, according to Billboard magazine, in mid-July of years past.
25 years ago: Larry Carlton, Alone/But Never Alone
15 years ago: Quincy Jones, Q’s Jook Joint
10 years ago: Brian Culbertson, Nice and Slow
5 years ago: Wayman Tisdale, Way Up
The nominees for the 45th Grammy Awards were announced today. It will be the most competitive year for the Best Contemporary Jazz Category. As history shows, Pat Metheny always wins. Every nomination = win. And he deserves it. However, this may be the year that that streak is broken. Look at this list: Uberjam – John Scofield; Mint Jam – Yellowjackets; Faces and Places – Joe Zawinul; Deep Into It – Larry Carlton; Speaking of Now – Pat Metheny Group. Wow.
Other nominees in other categories include Norah Jones (lots of nominations), Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock, Caribbean Jazz Project, Dave Douglas, Wayne Shorter, Gary Burton, and Dave Holland. For the complete list of nominees, visit the Grammy site.
The winners will be announced on February 23 and the awards ceremony will be broadcast on CBS.