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2014 Jazz Grammy® Preview #2 – Best Jazz Vocal Album

Posted in 2014 Grammys with tags , , , , , , , , on January 24, 2014 by curtjazz

Our second category is for the singers: Best Jazz Vocal Album. This is as strong a group of nominees for this award as I’ve seen in a while. There’s not a dud in the bunch. Though there are a number of seasoned vets here who’ve had their share of nominations, I think that it’s really a race between two relative newcomers for the trophy.

The nominees are:

Andy Bey: The World According to Andy Bey (HighNote Records)

The 74-year-old vocalist is an under-appreciated treasure. Every few years he reappears again to drop another bit of timeless art on us. Usually these days it’s just Bey’s voice and his piano, which is more than sufficient. The World According to Andy Bey is his second Grammy nominated album, following American Song in 2005. Bey does might justice to a well mixed group of standards, his own tunes and rarely performed songs by others.  Though a win by Mr. Bey would be a great thing. It’s not likely to happen; the juggernaut of the newcomers is a bit too strong.

Lorraine Feather: Attachments (Jazzed Media)

Ms. Feather is one of my favorite singer/songwriters. I love the unfailing wry wit in her lyrics and the way that she interprets them. Why another singer hasn’t done an album of Feather’s compositions is a mystery to me. The Grammy nominating committee also appreciates her , as Attachments is her third album in a row to be nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Attachments is classic Feather as she mines one of her favorite topics, relationships. Not just male/female interactions but family, friends and even vermin are discussed and wondered upon. It’s one of her best among many very good albums. This woman should get a Grammy but I don’t think that it will happen this time.

Gregory Porter: Liquid Spirit (Blue Note Records)

Juggernaut – Part 1. Gregory Porter’s reputation has grown by leaps and bounds since he first burst on the scene with Water in 2010. His brand of soul-infused jazz singing brought him critical and commercial acclaim. Liquid Spirit, his first album for Blue Note, has garnered two Grammy nominations; one in this category for the album and the other for Best Traditional R & B Performance for the song “Hey Laura”. The album is very strong (though not IMO, as good as last year’s Be Goodwhich was also Grammy nominated) The critics love him, the fans love him and his name recognition is growing. Will Grammy love him? I’d say that there’s a good chance. The only one I think who could stop him from winning is…

Cecile McLorin Salvant: WomanChild (Mack Avenue Records)

Juggernaut – Part 2. Cecile McLorin Salvant seemingly appeared out of nowhere and dropped the best jazz vocal album of not only this year but of the last few years in WomanChild. Her way with a lyric is impeccable, her swing is right on time and her voice is unique in the best way possible. The thing is, she is just 24 years old! She’s got Abbey Lincoln’s wizened soul wrapped in her youthful, downtown cool persona. In addition, the non-jazz media  seems to be lining up behind her, with one mainstream publication stopping just short of anointing Ms. Salvant as “The Next Esperanza Spalding”. All of these stars aligning usually leads to victory on Grammy night, which I feel is a very likely case here. The only thing that may stop her is some may vote against her because of her youth but I doubt that will happen.

Tierney Sutton: After Blue (BFM Jazz)

Tierney Sutton alas, is to this Grammy category as Glenn Close is to the Oscars. Like Ms. Close, she is a very well-respected, gifted performer, whose art is always good enough to get her nominated for the big awards but in the end, she ends up being eclipsed by someone with a hot hand. After Blue gained Ms. Sutton her fifth nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album.  As usual, it’s a great album; focused on the music of the legendary Joni Mitchell. Sutton has given us some fresh takes on some very familiar tunes and done consistent justice to the material. Also as usual, there’s a big, shiny object that will likely attract voter’s attention away from Ms. Sutton’s steady artistry. She is the longest shot.

So here is my bottom line unscientific prediction:

  • Should Win: Cecile McLorin Salvant
  • Will Win: Cecile McLorin Salvant

Next up on our preview will be Best Jazz Instrumental Album, which includes another very strong field of contenders this year.

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2014 Jazz Grammy Nomination List

Posted in 2014 Grammys with tags , , on December 6, 2013 by curtjazz

grammy2Okay Jazz Peeps, here they are; the nominees in the Jazz Categories for the 56th Grammy Awards, which will be presented on January 26, 2014. As usual, I will follow-up early in 2014 with further commentary and unreliable predictions. Congrats to all of the nominees!

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Don’t Run

 Terence Blanchard, soloist
Track from: Magnetic
Label: Blue Note Records

Song For Maura

 Paquito D’Rivera, soloist
Track from: Song For Maura (Paquito D’Rivera And Trio Corrente)
Label: Sunnyside Records/Paquito Records

Song Without Words #4: Duet

 Fred Hersch, soloist
Track from: Free Flying (Fred Hersch And Julian Lage)
Label: Palmetto Records

Stadium Jazz

 Donny McCaslin, soloist
Track from: Casting For Gravity
Label: Greenleaf Music

Orbits

 Wayne Shorter, soloist
Track from: Without A Net (The Wayne Shorter Quartet)
Label: Blue Note Records
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Best Jazz Vocal Album

The World According To Andy Bey

Andy Bey

Label: HighNote Records

Attachments

Lorraine Feather

Label: Jazzed Media

Liquid Spirit

Gregory Porter

Label: Blue Note Records

WomanChild

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Label: Mack Avenue Records

After Blue

Tierney Sutton

Label: BFM Jazz
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Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Guided Tour

The New Gary Burton Quartet

Label: Mack Avenue Records

Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue

Terri Lyne Carrington

Label: Concord Jazz

Life Forum

Gerald Clayton

Label: Concord Jazz

Pushing The World Away

Kenny Garrett

Label: Mack Avenue Records

Out Here

Christian McBride Trio

Label: Mack Avenue Records
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Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Brooklyn Babylon

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

Label: New Amsterdam Records

Night In Calisia

Randy Brecker, W_odek Pawlik Trio & Kalisz Philharmonic

Label: Summit Records

Wild Beauty

Brussels Jazz Orchestra Featuring Joe Lovano

Label: Half Note

March Sublime

Alan Ferber

Label: Sunnyside Records

Intrada

Dave Slonaker Big Band

Label: Origin Records
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Best Latin Jazz Album

La Noche Más Larga

Buika

Label: Warner Music Spain S.L.

Song For Maura

Paquito D’Rivera And Trio Corrente

Label: Sunnyside Records/Paquito Records

Yo

Roberto Fonseca

Label: Concord Jazz

Egg_n

Omar Sosa

Label: Otá Records

Latin Jazz-Jazz Latin

Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet