At the 2021 Grammys held on 14 March in LA, jazz and jazz-related winners included: Chick Corea (two), Maria Schneider (two), Kurt Elling/Danilo Perez, Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Jacob Collier and Robert Glasper.
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Best Jazz Vocal Album
Kurt Elling Featuring Danilo Pérez “Secrets Are the Best Stories”
Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Chick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade “Trilogy 2” (See acceptance speech by Corea’s widow Gayle Moran)
Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Chick Corea – “All Blues” from “Trilogy 2” (Chick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade)
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Maria Schneider Orchestra „Data Lords”
Best Latin Jazz Album
Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra “Four Questions”
In other categories are several jazz-related artists:
Best Instrumental Composition
Maria Schneider “Sputnik” from “Data Lords” (Artistshare)
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
John Beasley – “Donna Lee” (“MONK’estra Plays John Beasley”)
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Snarky Puppy “Live At The Royal Albert Hall”
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
Jacob Collier “He Won’t Hold You” featuring Rapsody.
Best R&B Song
Robert Glasper Featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello: “Better Than I Imagined” (VIDEO)
Best Historical Album
Mister Rogers: “It’s Such a Good Feeling—The Best of Mister Rogers.” (H/T John Goldsby who is family…)
A FEW THOUGHTS
– Sincerest congratulations to Dave Stapleton and the team at Edition Records on the Kurt Elling/ Danilo Perez Grammy.
– The In Memoriam section missed important losses. As Nate Chinen pointed out on Twitter
– There was a petition for Lyle Mays to be recognised
– Nate Chinen also wrote about Chick Corea and the Grammys
– Jacob Collier has achieved a unique feat with this, his fifth Grammy from seven nominations including Best Album. He has become, according to a press release, “the first British artist of all time to win Grammys for each of his first four albums; a major feat not achieved by even the most prolific of UK Grammy winners including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, David Bowie, Coldplay, Adele and Amy Winehouse.”
Thank you to the reader who kindly pointed out that “Secrets Are the Best Stories” by Kurt Elling / Danilo Pérez features versions of Sidsel Endresen /Django Bates songs Stages I ,II, III from the ECM Album “Stages”
The usual suspects as usual.