Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Coming Back With Grammys Week: Jazzing it up

 I don't always agree with the winners who come out of the Grammy Awards.  Isn't that pretty much the way it is for a lot of people when it comes to music?  It's such a subjective thing -- dealing with perspective, feelings, beliefs, desires -- that disagreements between different listeners is a way of life.

There is one area when it comes to the Grammys where I don't usually have much quarrel, and that's in the jazz category.  There were some great artists taking home trophies this year.

For best jazz vocal album, it was "Radio Music Society" from Esperanza Spalding.  Best jazz instrumental album went to "Unity Band," from the Pat Metheny Unity Band.  For large jazz ensemble album, the winner was "Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You)," by Arturo Sandoval.  I'll throw in the winner for instrumental composition: "Mozart Goes Dancing," from jazz keyboard great Chick Corea.

I dig all that jazz.

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