The 2023 Grammy winners list is significant in the way it shows the increasing reach of jazz musicians beyond the jazz categories (*). We produced a list of the nominees when they were announced HERE, and update it with a list of winners at the ceremony last night in Los Angeles
Source for all information here: Grammy.com
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A. JAZZ CATEGORIES
Best Improvised Jazz Solo: Endangered Species – Wayne Shorter & Leo Genovese, soloist
Best Jazz Vocal Album : Linger Awhile Samara Joy (Samara Joy also won Best New Artist)
Best Jazz Instrumental Album: New Standards Vol. 1 Terri Lyne Carrington, Kris Davis, Linda May Han Oh, Nicholas Payton & Matthew Stevens
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album : Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra
Steven Feifke, Bijon Watson, Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra
Best Latin Jazz Album : Fandango At The Wall In New York
Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra Featuring The Congra Patria Son Jarocho Collective
B.. JAZZ NAMES WINNING OTHER CATEGORIES
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Higher Michael Bublé (includes a song by Fraser Churchill_
Best R&B Album : Black Radio III – Robert Glasper
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album – “Empire Central” Snarky Puppy
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella : Scrapple From The Apple
John Beasley, arranger (Magnus Lindgren, John Beasley & The SWR Big Band Featuring Martin Auer)
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals : Songbird (Orchestral Version)
Vince Mendoza, arranger (Christine McVie)
Best Opera Recording : Terence Blanchard: Fire Shut Up In My Bones
Best Traditional Blues Album: Get On Board – Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder
Best Instrumental Composition: Refuge – Geoffrey Keezer, composer
(*) Please tell us if there are any additional ones we have missed…
Congratulations to all the above winners, especially Samara Joy in winning one the main Grammys in Best New Artist.
My introduction to Samantha Joy was Grammies. What a voice , voters recognized the magic in bestowing The New Artist Award. Jazz will not be her only genre.
It was really very disappointing that the Recording Academy didn’t see fit to include the passing of Creed Taylor in it’s 10-minute “In Memoriam” segment. Sure they didn’t have to feature him but how hard could it have been to include the man’s name and picture?
As well as Grover Washington Jr, George Benson, Esther Phillips, and Bob James and of course Freddie Hubbard Grammy nominations in the 1970’s on Creed Taylor productions; Taylor was responsible for the introduction of samba to American audiences and for Getz, Jobim, Gilberto nominations and awards in the 1960’s.
In addition he recorded two extremely consequential albums using overdubbing before it was common place and easy to do. Taylor, just 27 at the time challenged Lamberts and Hendricks to produce a full album of vocalese Basie songs and put up the budget to record it. The experiment was a disaster and the recording was a mess
Taylor with Dave Lambert decided to try multitracking and rerecorded with a great engineer named Irv Greenbaum. It took them 3-months and a lot of recording individual parts, cutting tape and removing his to produce the “Sing A Song Of Basie” album which was nominated for a Grammy at the first ever Grammy Awards in 1959 for “Best Performance By A Vocal Group Or Chorus”.
Taylor stepped up and tried again with another dubbed album in 1963. ON THIS DAY 60-Years ago, Bill Evans finally went into the studio to record the 6th Grammy award winning “Best Instrumental Jazz Performance – Soloist Or Small Group –
Conversations With Myself”. Evans himself said “I must extend my heartfelt gratitude
to Creed Taylor and the expert engineers who worked and waited patiently through so many hours of unanticipated mechanical and musical problems until they were solved and we could proceed to get down to music and recording.”
It’s worth remembering that NARAS aka the Recording Academy did not recognize producers until 1966, so if you search for Creed Taylor at grammy.com there are no results. Shameful oversight.
Creed Taylor and CTI are HUGE! I recall when I saw Creed Taylor producing it was like an imprimatur of good jazz. I totally agree he should be recognized.
Thanks Chuck, we are preparing a letter to the NARAS President and Producers wing to protest the omission. In effect the 7th Grammy awards were the “Creed Taylor” Grammys. Just from that year his recordings had 5-wins, 6-nominations.
If you search for Creed taylor on the grammy website, nothing. I’ll post a link here once we have things written and sent.
There’s an old saying, “Those who don’t remember (or are ignorant) of history are condemned to repeat it.” While many of the very valid points you make are public knowledge, not all of them are. Thanks so much for pointing out these important details so that in the future maybe some of these important contributions/contributors can be recognized.
And super-congrats to Samara Joy! What a talent!