Clayton, D’Rivera and McBride Among Grammy Nominees
Posted 12/9/2013

The Recording Academy has announced the nominees for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. Veteran multi-reedist Paquito D’Rivera, a four-time Grammy winner, was nominated in two categories. Several rising jazz artists—including pianist Gerald Clayton and vocalists Gregory Porter and Cécile McLorin Salvant—were also nominated for awards.

The Grammys will be presented on Jan. 26, 2014, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Clayton’s album Life Forum (Concord)—which features trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire among the guests—was nominated in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category. The other discs nominated in the category are Guided Tour (Mack Avenue), vibraphonist Gary Burton’s quartet album, which features guitarist Julian Lage, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Antonio Sanchez; Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue (Concord), drummer Terri Lyne Carrington’s tribute to Duke Ellington’s 1963 album with bassist Charles Mingus and drummer Max Roach; alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett’s Pushing The World Away (Mack Avenue); and Out Here (Mack Avenue), by the Christian McBride Trio.

Among Carrington’s collaborators on her album are Clayton, McBride and Tia Fuller.

The nominees in the Best Improvised Jazz Solo category are D’Rivera for “Song For Maura” from the album of the same name (Sunnyside); saxophonist Wayne Shorter for “Orbits” from Without A Net (Blue Note); trumpeter Terence Blanchard for “Don’t Run” from Magnetic (Blue Note); pianist Fred Hersh for “Song Without Words #4: Duet” from his duo album with Lage, Free Flying (Palmetto); and saxophonist Donny McCaslin for “Stadium Jazz” from his disc Casting For Gravity (Greenleaf).

In the Best Jazz Vocal Album category, the nominees are Porter, for his Blue Note debut, Liquid Spirit; Salvant for WomanChild (Mack Avenue); Andy Bey for The World According To Andy Bey (HighNote); Lorraine Feather for Attachments (Jazzed Media); and Tierney Sutton for her Joni Mitchell tribute disc, After Blue (BFM). Porter was also nominated for his song “Hey Laura” in the Best Traditional R&B Performance category.

D’Rivera and his Trio Corrente also picked up a nomination for Song For Maura in the Best Latin Jazz Album category. The other nominees in the category are Spanish vocalist Buika for La Noche Más Larga (Warner Music Spain S.L.); pianist Roberto Fonseca for Yo (Concord Jazz); pianist Omar Sosa for Eggun (Otá); and the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet’s disc Latin Jazz-Jazz Latin (Patois).

Jazz artists fared well in the composing and arranging categories. Among the nominees in the category Best Instrumental Composition are Gordon Goodwin (“California Pictures For String Quartet”), Scott Healy (“Koko On The Boulevard”) and the late Clare Fischer (“Pensamientos For Solo Alto Saxophone And Chamber Orchestra”).

Goodwin also received a nomination in the category Best Instrumental Arrangement for “On Green Dolphin Street,” which he arranged for his Big Phat Band. In the same category, Gil Goldstein is nominated for “Wild Beauty,” which he arranged for the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, featuring saxophonist Joe Lovano.

Goldstein also received a nod in the category Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for “Swing Low,” arranged for Bobby McFerrin and Esperanza Spalding. Also nominated in that category is John Hollenbeck’s arrangement of “The Moon’s A Harsh Mistress,” which he recorded on his album Songs I Like A Lot (Sunnyside).

In the Best Blues Album category, the nominees are Remembering Little Walter (Blind Pig) by Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia and James Harman; James Cotton’s Cotton Mouth Man (Alligator); Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite’s Get Up! (Stax); Seesaw (J&R Adventures), by Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa; and Bobby Rush’s Down In Louisiana (Deep Rush Records).

Other nominees for the 56th Annual Grammys include New Orleans pianist-songwriter Allen Toussaint, who was nominated for Best Americana Album for his live CD, Songbook (Rounder), and for Best American Roots Song for “Shrimp Po-Boy, Dressed,” from the same album.

The box set They All Played For Us: Arhoolie Records 50th Anniversary Celebration (Anti), which has performances by Santiago Jimenez Jr. and Ry Cooder, was nominated in the Best Folk Album category.

Snarky Puppy was nominated for Best R&B Performance for the song “Something,” featuring vocalist Lalah Hathaway, from the album Family Dinner Volume One (Ropeadope).

Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks (ArtistShare) featuring soprano Dawn Upshaw was nominated in the categories of Best Contemporary Classical Composition (for the title track), Best Classical Vocal Solo (Upshaw) and Best Engineered Album–Classical.

Soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom’s Sixteen Sunsets (Pure Audio) was recognized for its stellar engineering and production in the Best Surround Sound Album category.

To see a complete list of the nominations, which were announced on Dec. 6, visit the Grammy website.


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