Same Ol’ Tune For The Grammy’s!

This year’s Grammy nominations sound like a broken record.

You’ve basically seen the same trend in the established recording industry, “nominate the same old tired music artists, leave out the real talent.”

With all due respect to Spyro Gyra and Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, the Pop Instrumental Album category sounded like a bunch of people in the recording industry waited until the last minute to pick their nominees. Both albums were Christmas releases from late September, the cut off date for getting selections in.

They’re one sided, only singling out those artists who have established record companies promoting them.

For what it’s worth, here’s the categories that matter for my radio station. In the meantime, I’m seriously thinking about no longer playing music from any of the RIAA’s lineup.

This is getting ridiculous!



Best Pop Instrumental Performance
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, without vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)
• Love Appetite
Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere
Track from: Nudge It Up A Notch
[Stax]
• I Dreamed There Was No War
Eagles
Track from: Long Road Out Of Eden
[Eagles Recording Company II]
• Fortune Teller
Fourplay
Track from: Energy
[Heads Up International]
• Steppin' Out
Stanley Jordan
Track from: State Of Nature
[Mack Avenue Records]
• Blast!
Marcus Miller
Track from: Marcus
[Concord Jazz]


Best Pop Instrumental Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of INSTRUMENTAL tracks.)
• Sax For Stax
Gerald Albright
[Peak Records]
• Greatest Hits Rerecorded Volume One
Larry Carlton
[335 Records]
• Jingle All The Way
Béla Fleck & The Flecktones
[Rounder]
• The Spice Of Life
Earl Klugh
[Koch Records]
• A Night Before Christmas
Spyro Gyra
[Heads Up International]


Best New Age Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)
• Meditations
William Ackerman
[Compass Productions]
• Pathfinder
Will Clipman
[Canyon Records]
• Peace Time
Jack DeJohnette
[Golden Beams/Kindred Rhythm]
• Ambrosia
Peter Kater
[Point Of Light Records]
• The Scent Of Light
Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra
[SSRI]


Best Contemporary Jazz Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of INSTRUMENTAL tracks.)
• Randy In Brasil
Randy Brecker
[MAMA Records]
• Floating Point
John McLaughlin
[Abstract Logix]
• Cannon Re-Loaded: All-Star Celebration Of Cannonball Adderley
(Various Artists)
Gregg Field & Tom Scott, producers
[Concord Jazz]
• Miles From India
(Various Artists)
Bob Belden, producer
[4Q/Times Square Records]
• Lifecycle
Yellowjackets Featuring Mike Stern
[Heads Up International]


Best Jazz Vocal Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)
• Imagina: Songs Of Brasil
Karrin Allyson
[Concord Jazz]
• Breakfast On The Morning Tram
Stacey Kent
[Blue Note]
• If Less Is More...Nothing Is Everything
Kate McGarry
[Palmetto Records]
• Loverly
Cassandra Wilson
[Blue Note]
• Distances
Norma Winstone (Glauco Venier & Klaus Gesing)
[ECM]


Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
(For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter's name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only.)
• Be-Bop
Terence Blanchard, soloist
Track from: Live At The 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival (Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All-Stars)
[Monterey Jazz Festival Records]
• Seven Steps To Heaven
Till Brönner, soloist
Track from: The Standard (Take 6)
[Heads Up International]
• Waltz For Debby
Gary Burton & Chick Corea, soloists
Track from: The New Crystal Silence
[Concord Records]
• Son Of Thirteen
Pat Metheny, soloist
Track from: Day Trip
[Nonesuch Records]
• Be-Bop
James Moody, soloist
Track from: Live At The 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival (Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All-Stars)
[Monterey Jazz Festival Records]


Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of INSTRUMENTAL tracks.)
• The New Crystal Silence
Chick Corea & Gary Burton
[Concord Records]
• History, Mystery
Bill Frisell
[Nonesuch Records]
• Brad Mehldau Trio: Live
Brad Mehldau Trio
[Nonesuch Records]
• Day Trip
Pat Metheny With Christian McBride & Antonio Sanchez
[Nonesuch Records]
• Standards
Alan Pasqua, Dave Carpenter & Peter Erskine Trio
[Fuzzy Music]


Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
(For large jazz ensembles, including big band sounds. Albums must contain 51% or more INSTRUMENTAL tracks.)
• Appearing Nightly
Carla Bley And Her Remarkable Big Band
[WATT]
• Act Your Age
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
[Immergent]
• Symphonica
Joe Lovano With WDR Big Band & Rundfunk Orchestra
[Blue Note]
• Blauklang
Vince Mendoza
[Act Music and Vision (AMV)]
• Monday Night Live At The Village Vanguard
The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
[Planet Arts Recordings]


Best Latin Jazz Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)
• Afro Bop Alliance
Caribbean Jazz Project
[Heads Up International]
• The Latin Side Of Wayne Shorter
Conrad Herwig & The Latin Side Band
[Half Note Records]
• Song For Chico
Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
[Zoho]
• Nouveau Latino
Nestor Torres
[Diamond Light Records]
• Marooned/Aislado
Papo Vázquez The Mighty Pirates
[Picaro Records]


Of Note!


Best Country Instrumental Performance
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, without vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)
• Sleigh Ride
Béla Fleck & The Flecktones
Track from: Jingle All The Way
[Rounder]
• Is This America? (Katrina 2005)
Charlie Haden, Pat Metheny, Jerry Douglas & Bruce Hornsby
Track from: Family & Friends — Rambling Boy
[Decca Records]

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