• Grammy Nominations Announced - Have Your Say

    December 4, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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    It's official - the nominations for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards have been announced. Proof that jazz musicians are versatile? Charlie Haden gets nominated for Best Country Instrumental! Strangest sight? How about drummer Jack DeJohnette in the New Age category!

    Nominations are the exclusive domain of National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences members, but that doesn't prohibit you from speaking (or writing) your mind. So have your say. Who should have been nominated but wasn't? Who would you pick to win? Be sure to include category and name of artist. Click "Read more" to see the list. Then make your comments.
    Best Contemporary Jazz Album
    Randy In Brasil
    Randy Brecker

    Floating Point
    John McLaughlin

    Cannon Re-Loaded: All-Star Celebration Of Cannonball Adderley
    Various Artists

    Miles From India
    Various Artists

    Lifecycle
    Yellowjackets Featuring Mike Stern

    Best Jazz Vocal Album
    Imagina: Songs Of Brasil
    Karrin Allyson

    Breakfast On The Morning Tram
    Stacey Kent

    If Less Is More...Nothing Is Everything
    Kate McGarry

    Loverly
    Cassandra Wilson

    Distances
    Norma Winstone

    Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
    "Be-Bop"
    Terence Blanchard, soloist
    Live At The 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival
    Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All-Stars

    "Seven Steps To Heaven"
    Till Brönner, soloist
    The Standard
    Take 6

    "Waltz For Debby"
    Gary Burton & Chick Corea, soloists
    The New Crystal Silence

    "Son Of Thirteen"
    Pat Metheny, soloist
    Day Trip

    "Be-Bop"
    James Moody, soloist
    Live At The 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival
    Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All-Stars

    Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
    The New Crystal Silence
    Chick Corea & Gary Burton

    History, Mystery
    Bill Frisell

    Brad Mehldau Trio: Live
    Brad Mehldau Trio

    Day Trip
    Pat Metheny With Christian McBride & Antonio Sanchez

    Standards
    Alan Pasqua, Dave Carpenter & Peter Erskine Trio

    Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
    Appearing Nightly
    Carla Bley And Her Remarkable Big Band

    Act Your Age
    Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band

    Symphonica
    Joe Lovano With WDR Big Band & Rundfunk Orchestra

    Blauklang
    Vince Mendoza

    Monday Night Live At The Village Vanguard
    The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

    Best Latin Jazz Album
    Afro Bop Alliance
    Caribbean Jazz Project

    The Latin Side Of Wayne Shorter
    Conrad Herwig & The Latin Side Band

    Song For Chico
    Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra

    Nouveau Latino
    Nestor Torres

    Marooned/Aislado
    Papo Vázquez The Mighty Pirates

    Best Instrumental Composition
    "The Adventures Of Mutt"
    John Williams, composer
    Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull

    "Alegria"
    Chick Corea, composer
    The New Crystal Silence

    "Claire's Closet"
    Russell Ferrante, composer
    Lifecycle

    "Danzón De Etiqueta"
    Dave Grusin, composer
    Amparo

    "Hit The Ground Running"
    Gordon Goodwin, composer
    Act Your Age

    Best Instrumental Arrangement
    "Define Dancing"
    Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman, arrangers
    Wall-E Soundtrack

    "Down In The Valley"
    Frank Macchia, arranger
    Landscapes

    "Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love"
    Michael Abene, arranger
    Symphonica

    "St. Louis Blues"
    Bob Brookmeyer, arranger
    Monday Night Live At The Village Vanguard

    "Yesterdays"
    Gordon Goodwin, arranger
    Act Your Age

    Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
    "Alfie'
    Vince Mendoza, arranger
    The Look Of Love - Burt Bacharach Songbook

    "Grace"
    Cedric Dent, arranger
    The Standard

    "Here's That Rainy Day"
    Nan Schwartz, arranger
    Still Unforgettable

    "Johnny One Note"
    Don Sebesky, arranger
    With A Song In My Heart

    "Lazy Afternoon"
    Claus Ogerman, arranger
    Across The Crystal Sea

    Best Album Notes
    Art Of Field Recording Volume I: Fifty Years Of Traditional American Music Documented By Art Rosenbaum
    Art Rosenbaum, album notes writer (Various Artists)

    Debate '08: Taft And Bryan Campaign On The Edison Phonograph
    Patrick Feaster & David Giovannoni, album notes writers

    Kind Of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition
    Francis Davis, album notes writer

    Rare & Unreleased Recordings From The Golden Reign Of The Queen Of Soul
    David Ritz & Jerry Wexler, album notes writers

    The Unsung Father Of Country Music: 1925-1934
    Henry "Hank" Sapoznik, album notes writer

    Best Historical Album
    Art Of Field Recording Volume I: Fifty Years Of Traditional American Music Documented By Art Rosenbaum

    Classic Columbia, OKeh And Vocalion Lester Young With Count Basie (1936-1940)

    Debate '08: Taft And Bryan Campaign On The Edison Phonograph

    Polk Miller & His Old South Quartette

    To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story

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