Jazz Grammy Analysis Part 1

This year’s Grammy selections in the jazz categories surprised me. The nominees and winners are frequently predictable if you’ve paid attention to the categories in the last 20 years. This year’s omissions are perplexing. The Chick Corea Elektric Band reunited for a concept album. A concept album by a fusion era leader not recognized by the Recording Academy? Almost. “The Long Passage,” a challenging piece from the CCEB’s To the Stars, earned Corea a Best Instrumental Arrangement nomination. That’s it. Diana Krall released her first recording that contained recent music that she wrote and wrote with husband and frequent Grammy-nominee Elvis Costello. The Girl in the Other Room garnered much praise. She received zero nominations, though Al Schmitt and Tommy LiPuma received nominations for engineering and producing it. Gifted singer Jane Monheit moved to the Sony label this year but still didn’t get recognized, though Vince Mendoza did for arranging “Dancing in the Dark” from her Taking A Chance On Love CD.

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