Corea, Glasper, Metheny and Spalding Among Grammy Winners
Pianist Chick Corea, keyboardist Robert Glasper, guitarist Pat Metheny and bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding were among the winners at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, presented on Feb. 10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Corea took home Grammys in the categories Best Instrumental Composition (for “Mozart Goes Dancing,” a track from his Concord Jazz duo album with vibraphonist Gary Burton, Hot House) and Best Improvised Jazz Solo (for the title track to Hot House). Because Corea and Burton were both soloists on the latter track, Burton won a Grammy for it as well. This dual win was a fitting honor for a fantastic duo recording.
Spalding, who appeared on the cover of the May 2012 issue of DownBeat, won the Best Jazz Vocal Album award, for Radio Music Society (Heads Up). She also took honors for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for “City Of Roses,” a track from Radio Music Society. Spalding shares the latter honor with her co-arranger, Thara Memory.
Glasper, who appeared on the cover of DownBeat’s April 2012 issue, won the Best R&B Album category for his superb, genre-blending disc Black Radio (Blue Note). His collaborators on the album included Erykah Badu, Bilal, Lalah Hathaway and Musiq Soulchild.
Metheny’s Unity Band (Nonesuch) disc was named Best Instrumental Jazz Album. His collaborators on the disc were saxophonist Chris Potter, drummer Antonio Sanchez and bassist Ben Williams.
Composer/producer/conductor Ryan Truesdell’s project Centennial: Newly Discovered Works Of Gil Evans (ArtistShare) was honored with a win in the Best Instrumental Arrangement category for the Gil Evans Project’s “How About You.” The song was arranged by Evans (1912–’88), who was elected into the DownBeat Hall of Fame in 1986.
Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval’s Concord Jazz disc Dear Diz (Every Day I Think Of You) won for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. The album title nods to the great influence that Dizzy Gillespie had on Sandoval.
The winner in the Best Latin Jazz Album category was the Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band’s Ritmo! (Clare Fischer Productions/Clavo Records). Fischer, an acclaimed keyboardist, composer, arranger and bandleader, died on Jan. 26.
Dr. John won Best Blues Album for Locked Down (Nonesuch), edging out discs by Shemekia Copeland, Ruthie Foster, Heritage Blues Orchestra and Joan Osborne.
Paul McCartney’s album devoted mostly to standards, Kisses On The Bottom (Hear Music), won in the category Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
The winner for Best Album Notes was Billy Vera for his text accompanying the Ray Charles box set Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles (Concord).
Critical favorite Frank Ocean was the inaugural winner for the category Best Urban Contemporary Album, for his Channel Orange (Def Jam), and blues-influenced singer/guitarist Bonnie Raitt won the Best Americana Album category for Slipstream (Redwing Records).
For a complete list of the winners, visit the Grammy website.