Carrington, Schneider & Shorter Among Grammy Winners
When the Recording Academy handed out the 56th Annual Grammy awards on Jan. 26 in Los Angeles, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington made history by becoming the first female artist to win the category Best Jazz Instrumental Album, for her disc Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue (Concord). Her 2013 album is a tribute to Duke Ellington’s 1963 album Money Jungle, recorded with bassist Charles Mingus and drummer Max Roach.
Composer Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks (ArtistShare), a collaboration with soprano Dawn Upshaw, was honored in three categories: Best Contemporary Classical Composition (Schneider, for the title track), Best Classical Vocal Solo (Upshaw, for the title track) and Best Engineered Album–Classical (David Frost, Brian Losch and Tim Martyn, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer).
Elsewhere, the winner in the Best Improvised Jazz Solo category was saxophonist Wayne Shorter for “Orbits” from his quartet’s live album Without A Net (Blue Note).
In the Best Jazz Vocal Album category, the winner was Gregory Porter, for his Blue Note debut, Liquid Spirit.
Reedist Paquito D’Rivera and his Trio Corrente topped the Best Latin Jazz Album category for Song For Maura (Sunnyside/Paquito).
Bandleader Gordon Goodwin won in the category Best Instrumental Arrangement for “On Green Dolphin Street,” which he arranged for his Big Phat Band. The late Clare Fischer topped the category Best Instrumental Composition for “Pensamientos For Solo Alto Saxophone And Chamber Orchestra,” which he arranged for his namesake orchestra.
In the category Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s), the winner was Gil Goldstein for “Swing Low,” arranged for Bobby McFerrin and Esperanza Spalding on McFerrin’s album Spirityouall (Sony Masterworks).
In the Best Blues Album category, the winner was Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite’s Get Up! (Stax).
Snarky Puppy won for Best R&B Performance for the song “Something,” featuring vocalist Lalah Hathaway, from the album Family Dinner Volume One (Ropeadope).
To see a complete list of the winners, visit the Grammy website.