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Grammy 2011: What is really worth listening?

Statues with a little gramophone already know this year´s proud owners. There were flashy limousines, rappers with golden chains, skinny Adele and mourning for Whitney. Except the mainstream that the radios are constantly broadcasting, there are many more interesting categories.  Who according to the academy members released the most desirable recordings in 2011?

 

The Mosaic Project

Best Jazz Vocal Album

 

Terri Lyne Carlton is a jazz composer, producer and a drummer. She played with Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock or Joe Scofield. She got her first Grammy nomination  already in 1989 for her album Real Life Story, she wrote most music for and invited for cooperation such personas as Carlos Santana or Wayne Shorter. Over twenty years later she changed similarly composed album, The Mosaic Project, which is a mosaic of styles, musicians and songs with multi genre tones on a jazz base. We heartily recommend.

 

 

 

 

Corea, Clarke & White: Forever  

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

 

Chick Corea is an American jazz pianist and a composer, one of the biggest contemporary jazz legends. He got his first Grammy award already in 2006 for Ultimate Adventure album; nevertheless he´s got a total of eighteen awards at home for various hosting, production or home recording. The album Forever was recorded  along with a bass player Stanley Clark and a drummer Lenny White and if you decide to buy it, you also get two discs with eighteen compositions; standards and modifications of Corea´s own songs that the triplet performed touring in 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

Tedeschi Trucks Band: Revelator

Best Blues Album

 

The group was formed in 2010 in Jacksonville, when the guitarist Derek Trucks and a singer Susan Tedeschi said goodbye to their own group and decided to group together.  Not just as musicians but also as a man and a woman. Due to the fact they already got a Grammy award for their album Revelator and the marriage is obviously working, it was visibly (and audibly)  the right decision. After they hosted on Herbie Hancock´s album The Imagine Project that proves “certain musical qualities”. The following song called Midnight in Harlem is simply beautiful.

 

 

 

 

Béla Fleck: Life in Eleven

Best Instrumental Composition

 

Béla Fleck is an American banjo player. His whole name is Béla Anton Leoš Fleck and his parents called him after the composers Béla Bartók, Antonín Dvořák and Leoš Janáček. No surprise that little Béla became a musician, yet he chose a little strange instrument; finally he became probably the best banjo player of all times. The composition he was awarded Grammy for, clearly shows that banjo is not designed just for “grinding” in dixieland, but it is a multi layered jazz instrument.

 

 

 

 

Gustavo Dudamel: Brahms symphony Nr. 4

Best Orchestral Performance

 

Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel is only just 31-year-old “miracle child”, that conducts since he was twelve. This year the academy member appreciated his live performance of Brahms´ symphony No. 4 from Walt Disney ´s Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The fuzzed temperamental composer is famous for his stormy performance on stage proved by the following video where he plays Dvořák´s Novosvětská right for the pope Benedict XVI.  A composition of a pope of great importance and a little devil Dudamel is very funny especially the beginning image.

 

 

 

 

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