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Jazz Grammy Nominees: Wayne Shorter, Terence Blanchard, Gregory Porter, Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge

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The top Grammy nominations largely left me cold, but several worthy projects are recognized in Grammy’s jazz categories.

wayne shorterSeveral of the nominees — including Terence Blanchard,  Wayne Shorter, and Gregory Porter — made my own Top 10 jazz list (to be published by JazzTimes, NPR and the JJA). Wayne Wallace‘s “Latin Jazz-Jazz Latin,” my pick for Latin jazz CD of the year, was honored in Grammy’s Latin Jazz category. And kudos to the great — and omnipresent — jazz bassist Christian McBride, nominated for best jazz instrumental album.

Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge didn’t nab a nomination for best large ensemble for the group’s “River Runs” CD (also on my Top 10 list). It deserves one.

The good news: The longtime University of South Florida jazz prof picked up TWO nominations in other categories: best instrumental composition for “Bound Away” and best instrumental arrangement for “Side Hikes — A Ridge Away.”River-Runs-Cover5-349x350

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Don’t Run – Terence Blanchard, soloist

Song For Maura - Paquito D’Rivera, soloist

Song Without Words #4: Duet – Fred Hersch, soloist

Stadium Jazz – Donny McCaslin, soloist

Orbits – Wayne Shorter, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album

The World According To Andy Bey – Andy Bey

Attachments – Lorraine Feather

Liquid Spirit – Gregory Porter

WomanChild – Cécile McLorin Salvant

After Blue – Tierney Sutton

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Guided Tour – The New Gary Burton Quartet

Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue – Terri Lyne Carrington

Life Forum – Gerald Clayton

Pushing The World Away – Kenny Garrett

Out Here – Christian McBride Trio

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Brooklyn Babylon – Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

Night In Calisia – Randy Brecker, W¿odek Pawlik Trio & Kalisz Philharmonic

Wild Beauty – Brussels Jazz Orchestra Featuring Joe Lovano

March Sublime – Alan Ferber

Intrada – Dave Slonaker Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album

La Noche Más Larga – Buika

Song For Maura – Paquito D’Rivera And Trio Corrente

Yo – Roberto Fonseca

Egg¿n – Omar Sosa

Latin Jazz-Jazz Latin – Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet

Best Instrumental Composition

Bound Away – Chuck Owen, composer (Chuck Owen & The Jazz Surge)

California Pictures For String Quartet – Gordon Goodwin, composer (Quartet San Francisco)

Koko On The Boulevard – Scott Healy, composer (Scott Healy Ensemble)

Pensamientos For Solo Alto Saxophone And Chamber Orchestra – Clare Fischer, composer (The Clare Fischer Orchestra)

String Quartet No. 1: Funky Diversion In Three Parts – Vince Mendoza, composer (Quartet San Francisco)

Best Instrumental Arrangement

Invitation – Kim Richmond, arranger (The Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra)

On Green Dolphin Street – Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band)

Side Hikes – A Ridge Away – Chuck Owen, arranger (Chuck Owen & The Jazz Surge)

Skylark – Nan Schwartz, arranger (Amy Dickson)

Wild Beauty – Gil Goldstein, arranger (Brussels Jazz Orchestra Featuring Joe Lovano)

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

La Vida Nos Espera – Nan Schwartz, arranger (Gian Marco)

Let’s Fall In Love – Chris Walden, arranger (Calabria Foti Featuring Seth MacFarlane)

The Moon’s A Harsh Mistress – John Hollenbeck, arranger (John Hollenbeck)

Swing Low – Gil Goldstein, arranger (Bobby McFerrin & Esperanza Spalding)

What A Wonderful World – Shelly Berg, arranger (Gloria Estefan)


The nominations were announced Friday night. For the full list, click here

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Written by philipb1961

December 7, 2013 at 12:41 pm

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