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Taking a closer look at jazz and blues Grammy winners

Terri Lyne Carrington
Terri Lyne Carrington
Terri Lyne Carrington

The media emphasis regarding last night’s Grammy Awards focuses, perhaps naturally enough, on the pop end of things. That is, those artists capable of moving the most product, with a sprinkling of time-honored veterans and a pair of Beatles thrown in to give the entire enterprise a patina of significance.
That said, let’s take a moment to note who in the jazz and blues community were honored by the recording academy.

Improvised Jazz Solo: “Orbits,” Wayne Shorter
Jazz Vocal Album: “Liquid Spirit,” Gregory Porter
Jazz Instrumental Album: “Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue,” Terri Lyne Carrington
Large Jazz Ensemble Album: “Night in Calisia,” Randy Brecker, Wlodek Pawlik Trio and Kalisz Philharmonic
Latin Jazz Album: “Song for Maura,” Paquito D’Rivera and Trio Corrente
Blues Album: “Get Up!,” Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite
Regional Roots Music Album: “Dockside Sessions,” Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience
Album Notes: “Afro Blue Impressions (Remastered & Expanded),” Neil Tesser (John Coltrane)

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