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2013 55th Grammy™ Nominees!
Below are the Allegro distributed titles for this year's Grammy Awards.
Winners will be announced on Sunday February 10th 2013 on CBS TV
Annual Grammy Award Nominee for Best Traditional R&B Performance
on the success of his 2010 Grammy-nominated debut, Gregory Porter
ups the stakes with a soul-satisfying set featuring powerful
originals and distinctive standards.
Since his solo debut Water in May 2010, Grammy nominee Gregory Porter has rocketed
from talented unknown to one of the most relevant and virtuosic
vocalists on the international jazz scene today. Over 10,000
physical and digital units of Water have sold so far, and the
album continues to sell steadily.
Annual Grammy Award Nominee for Best New Age Album
Steven Halpern's Inner Peace Music
set a new standard of excellence in the sound healing genre,
and delight both longtime fans and new converts.
Halpern’s last album, Deep Theta, debuted at #9 on Billboard’s New Age Chart.
Deep Alpha is the follow up album to his bestselling Deep Theta. Features Aural-Sync
brainwave synchronization technology matrix at 8 Hz. The #1 bestselling artist
in the sound healing genre. Widely recognized as a founding father of the new
age/ sound healing music genre. Features the remarkable new Rhodes electric piano.
Annual Grammy Award Nominee for Best Latin Jazz Album & Best Instrumental Arrangement
Bobby Sanabria Big Band
One of the hottest big band CDs EVER, from a multi-Grammy®-nominated big band!
Annual Grammy Award Nominee for Best Children's Album
High Dive And Other Things That Could Have Happened...
Round River Records
Grammy winner Bill Harley takes us back to his boyhood with
stories about summer at the community pool, field trips to
the state house, and a Valentine’s Day disaster! Heartfelt
and witty, Bill Harley’s tales engage kids like no other
and send adults on a trip to their own past. Features “High
Dive” and “Field Trip,” stories that Bill
has told at recent shows and festivals. A spoken word recording
perfect for the whole family!
Annual Grammy Award Nominee for Best Instrumental Arrangement
Tales Of The Unusual
lyricist, jazz vocalist, and 2011 Grammy nominee Lorraine Feather
takes the listener on a most unusual journey—stops along
the way including the depths of the Amazon, an off-the-grid
island in Washington State, the circus as envisioned by Fellini,
and The Twilight Zone. Follows on the heels of Ages, a 2011
Grammy Nominee for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Like that record,
this new release features originals as well as music by Duke
Ellington, Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi, and film composer
Nino Rota (for whose Juliet of the Spirits theme “Rosa
Aurata” Feather created lyrics).
Annual Grammy Award Nominee for Best Album Notes
Pablo Aslan Quintet
Piazzolla In Brooklyn
A contemporary remake of Piazzolla’s 1959 recording Take Me Dancing, with the unique contemporary sound of Grammy nominee Pablo Aslan’s Argentine band, featuring Piazzolla’s grandson on drums!
Follow-up to Pablo Aslan’s Latin Grammy- and Grammy-nominated Tango Grill. A tribute to great New Tango master Astor Piazzolla, infused with Aslan’s trademark contemporary jazz tango style, on the 90th anniversary year of the maestro’s birth. Aslan’s quintet features the top young veterans of Buenos Aires’ jazz and tango scene including Astor Piazzolla’s grandson, drummer Daniel “Pipi” Piazzolla. Includes unique versions of Piazzolla originals such as “La Calle 92,” “Triunfal,” “Counterpoint,” and “Show Off,” as well as Piazzolla’s unique tango arrangements of jazz standards such as ”Laura” and “Lullaby in Birdland.” Piazzolla’s original NY jazz tango recording Take Me Dancing (Tico, 1959) was very controversial. Here, it is revisited with a contemporary NY vibe that comes from Aslan’s immersion in the local Brooklyn scene and his frequent contact with his native Buenos Aires.
2012 54th Grammy™ Nominees!
to Motema, Zoho, Point of Light and RCM for their Grammy recognition!
Annual Grammy Award Nominee for Best Reggae Album
Harlem-Kingston Express Live!
Express finds the Jamaican jazz legend in rare form, rockin’ it
with his jazz quartet and a powerhouse reggae posse in New
York City, with additional tracks from dates in Jamaica and
Europe. Powerful follow-up to Stir It Up, Alexander’s
lauded Bob Marley tribute, which sold over 15,000 units. With
a career spanning five decades of stellar recordings both as
a bandleader and as a sideman with such greats as Frank Sinatra,
Ray Brown, Bobby McFerrin, and Quincy Jones, Monty enjoys a
reputation as one of the most beloved, funloving, and versatile
legendary jazz pianists of his generation. Feature in the May
issue of DownBeat focuses on his reggaejazz connection, and
will mention this release. Strong fan base; Monty has toured
consistently for over five decades both as a leader and sideman
Annual Grammy Award Nominee for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
40 Acres And A Burro
O’Farrill presents his orchestra in two exciting originals
and nine standouts that define contemporary Latin big band
jazz. Features legendary clarinetist & Grammy winner Paquito
Annual Grammy Award Nominee for Best Jazz Vocal Album
The Music Of Randy Newman
On her 12th
release and Motema debut, renowned jazz vocalist Roseanna Vitro
applies her masterful storytelling panache to the music of
Randy Newman, one of America’s most prolific and beloved
composers. Newman’s wry portraits of life in America
and beyond take on fresh dimensions via the fertile imaginations
of Vitro, her stellar pianist/arranger Mark Soskin, rising-star
violinist Sara Caswell, and a top tier band.
Annual Grammy Award Nominee for Best New Age Album
Wind, Rock, Sea & Flame
Point Of Light Records
music for the healing arts has long been a passion for six-time
Grammy® nominee Peter Kater. This all-new recording combines
some of his favorite elements including piano, cello, soprano
saxophone, acoustic bass, warm synch pads, and whale song,
painted gracefully on a spacious flowing canvas of love. Created
as an homage to the four elements and Peter’s love for
the Hawaiian Islands and Oceans. Aggressive multi-channel marketing
support for new release. Perfect music for healing, deepening,
sanctity, and love.
to our 2011 53rd Grammy™ Winners and Nominees!
AWARD WINNER BEST NEW ARTIST
On Sunday February 13, on what is called "Music's Biggest Night," Portland native and jazz phenom Esperanza Spalding shocked the world by winning the GRAMMY AWARD for "BEST NEW ARTIST." This was the first time a jazz artist had been a nominee, and was Esperanza's first Grammy.
Indispensable for every Esperanza Spalding fan, this collector’s item -- which received very limited US distribution -- showcases the star just as her career was just beginning to explode. “Subtle, sophisticated, and rhythmically seductive, Junjo is a sparkling debut.” VIBE
AWARD WINNER BEST JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
pianist Kenny Barron, this album from Jazz Journalists Association’s
Lifetime Achievement Award winner James Moody is the best recorded
work in his career. Moody and Barron go back 50 years, to Dizzy
Gillespie’s legendary quintet, and are absolutely amazing together.
Mr. Moody passed away on December 9, 2010 at the age of 85, but his contribution to music will live on as he was truly one of the great artists in jazz. “A warm and tradition-rich listen with a graceful sense of swing ... Moody's first Grammy win was long overdue." LOS ANGELES TIMES
AWARD WINNER BEST SURROUND SOUND ALBUM
City Symphony / Michael Stern: conductor
Britten's Orchestra SACD
version of this popular album offers stunning, high-resolution
sound and is Reference Recordings’ very first multi-channel
“In a brilliant display of orchestral power and poetry from the country’s heartland, Michael Stern leads the Kansas City Symphony in an all-Britten programme that speaks eloquently … the sound is better than being in the hall: rich in detail, gold in colour, and equal to any volume.” GRAMOPHONE
for Best Jazz Vocal Album For albums containing 51% or more
playing time of VOCAL tracks
songs on Ages range from the hilarious to the heartrending,
covering a wide range of topics including marriage, death,
B vitamins, long-held yearnings, grammar school, and Scrabble—commentaries
on life, as Lorraine Feather has known it, “from zero
to sixty.” Feather has been widely praised over the last
decade for her brilliant lyrics and supple vocals, in collaboration
with some of the finest composers in jazz including Russell
Ferrante and Béla Fleck. Ages is her most intense and
autobiographical work to date.
for Best Jazz Vocal Album For albums containing 51% or more
playing time of VOCAL tracks
rich baritone sound and intelligent, sensual lyrics, Gregory
Porter’s star is rising fast. This highly anticipated
debut recording, which features seven compelling originals
and four standards, captures the intensity of his live performances
and establishes an important new voice in jazz, gospel, and
soul. Iconic Blue Note jazzman James Spaulding—noted
for his classic recordings with Max Roach, Freddie Hubbard,
and Bobby Hutcherson—plays a featured role in “Wisdom” and “Black
Nile.” Porter will co-star alongside the original Broadway
cast of Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues at the Northlight
Theatre in Chicago (May/June 2010), during which time he will
promote Water at the theater and through Chicago media and
for Best Improvised Jazz Solo For an instrumental jazz solo
performance. Singles or Tracks only.
Lonley Woman - Hank Jones, soloist
Track from: Pleased To Meet You
Oliver Jones /Hank Jones
Pleased To Meet You
Justin Time Records
greatest living pianist, Oliver Jones, meets America's elder
statesman of jazz, piano legend Hank Jones. Taking the recent
passing of their mutual friend Oscar Peterson as a point of
departure, the men pay homage with two Peterson compositions,
and Oliver wrote one piece dedicated to the late master. Hank
performs two solo selections,gorgeously rendered.
Hank Jones, pianist and jazz legend, inspiration to countless
musicians, died May 16, 2010 in New York City, after a brief
illness. He was 91 years old, and would have been 92 on July
31st. He continued to perform even into 2010.
Nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
For albums containing 51% or more playing time of
Act Music & Vision
the #1 Rising Star Jazz Artist and Rising Star Composer in
DownBeat’s International Critics’ Poll, Vijay Iyer is a largely
self-taught creative musician grounded in the American jazz
lexicon and drawing from a range of Western and non-Western
for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group For
albums containing 51% or more playing time of INSTRUMENTAL
CD picks up where Letter to Herbie left off, demonstrating
Beasley’s growth as a composer (all but three selections),
bandleader, and arranger. The chemistry among the players
is evident on this excellent disc.
for Best Latin Jazz Album
second ZOHO release, pianist Hector Martignon presents his
current, hot young Latin jazz quintet with special guests
Edmar Castañeda on Colombian harp and John Walsh on
trumpet. In an exciting program of eight originals and three
South American standards, Martignon confirms his eminent
position as of the most sought-after pianists on the Latin
jazz scene. Has toured with Mongo Santamaría, Gato
Barbieri, Tito Puente, and more. First ZOHO release, Refugee
(ZMR 200705), was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2008.
for Best Latin Jazz Album
and leading figure in tango jazz—a growing new style
that blends the repertoire, instrumentation, and vocabulary
of tango with elements of jazz—Pablo Aslan set out
to reinvent twelve 20th century tango classics on the fly.
The result is tradition with a razor’s edge!
for Best Instrumental Arrangement An Arranger's Award. (Artist
names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.
Track -Itsbynne Reel - Gil Goldstein, arranger (Dave Eggar)
Track from: Kingston Morning
Dave Eggar has been heavily praised for his superior musicianship,
not to mention his flair for adventure in his musical choices.
KINGSTON MORNING is a showcase for both of those qualities.
Two disparate cultures lie at the epicenter of this release:
the sunny rhythm of Jamaica and the folky, Celtic-flavored
charm of Appalachia. An unusual pairing, Eggar unites the
cultures with the expressive moods of his cello playing,
with a little electronic blended in for accent. The album
dawns in Jamaica, with the smooth jazz-inflected "Follow
Me to the Sun" and the reggae fusion song "Earth's
Paradise" introducing listeners to the unique themes
of the Caribbean, while maintaining a pensive vibe. From
there, songs like "Itsbynne Reel" move north of
the border to capture the fiddle goodness of the mountain
regions, at which point the lines begin to blend and the
music reflects a unique musical vision that belongs to Eggar.
for Best New Age Album
Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai V4
continues his sacred pilgrimage to the 88 temples of Shikoku
with the fourth album in his "Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai" series.
The virtuoso composer and synthesizer innovator fills the
pieces of this album with a reverent peacefulness, pairing
Asian influences with his emotive synth tones, that at times
float by like petals on the water and at others dramatic
swoop like a bird in flight. Like the other entries in the
series, the music is less dramatically than the material
of Kitaro's proper albums, focusing on meditative, tranquil
melodies. Violinist Steve Kindler joins Kitaro, adding his
sublime strings to the mix, which gives the music an added
dose of symphonic splendor, alongside Paul Pesco on guitar,
Keiko Takahashi and Diana Dentino on keyboards and Voyce
McGinley on percussion.
for Best Traditional World Music Album Vocal or Instrumental
New Earth Records
Monks of Tibet are masters of a deep harmonic overtone chanting.
The sound has been compared to the resonance of a drum or
digeridoo, and is believed to have a transformative effect,
removing impurities in a physical and spiritual sense, and
clearing the path to enlightenment. Ideal for the healing
arts, yoga, and prayer. Perfect for meditation practices.
Nominated for Best Small Ensemble Performance
Award to the Ensemble (and to the Conductor.)
Ceremony and Devotion: Music for the Tudors
CORO (Sixteen Productions)
A brand new recording by Harry Christophers and his award-winning group. Harry Christophers and The Sixteen won the 2009 Classic FM Gramophone Artist of the Year Award as well as the award for best Baroque Vocal Recording. This new disc focuses on the great sacred music of 16th century England, both pre- and post-Reformation. Sheppard, Tallis, and Byrd all feature on the recording but the disc centers around Sheppard’s Media Vita, which is a staggering achievement not only in sheer size but also in its expression.
for Best Spoken Word Album For Children For albums consisting
of predominantly spoken word vs. music or song.
The Best Candy in the Whole World
matter if you are eight years old or forty-eight, you'll
find yourself giddy with glee listening to the wildly humorous
tales of Bill Harley. THE BEST CANDY IN THE WHOLE WORLD takes
silliness to a whole new level, featuring over an hour of
fun songs and stories to keep kids enthralled. Have you ever
fantasized about having an endless cache of candy flowing
from your pocket? Meet Barney, a young boy who finds himself
with a magical candy stash that keep replenishing. It seems
like a boon until his classmates find out and mayhem ensues.
Another story follows a young kid that accidently gets trapped
in a peanut… and is swallowed whole by a series of
different animals. Besides his clever yarns, the other ingredient
that makes Harley's programs so addictive is his narrative
style, which is brimming with expression, different vocal
inflections and sound effects, all designed to truly immerse
the listeners in the stories.
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