Sunday, February 13, 2005

Re-Thinking the Grammys

Maybe they're not just a complete excersise in self-indulgent ignorance after all... Bill Frisell won a Grammy, how cool is that! Possibly even more important, Maria Schnieder won a Grammy even though she released it through Artist's Share and it never appeared in stores.

Best Contemporary Jazz Album (For albums containing 51% or more playing time of INSTRUMENTAL tracks.)

Unspeakable - Bill Frisell [Nonesuch Records]

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.)

Speak Like A Child - Herbie Hancock, soloist Track from: With All My Heart (Harvey Mason) [Bluebird]

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group (For albums containing 51% or more playing time of INSTRUMENTAL tracks.)

Illuminations - McCoy Tyner With Gary Bartz, Terence Blanchard, Christian McBride & Lewis Nash [Telarc Jazz]

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album (For large jazz ensembles, including big band sounds. Albums must contain 51% or more INSTRUMENTAL tracks.)

Concert In The Garden - Maria Schneider Orchestra [ArtistShare]

Best Latin Jazz Album (Vocal or Instrumental.)

Land Of The Sun - Charlie Haden [Verve International]

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