The Grammys were doled out on Sunday night...just a few thoughts on the winners. It was good to see the ageless Tony Bennett pick up three more Grammys for his work on the "Duets" CD. His voice just seems to get better with age. Odd that George Benson and Al Jarreu won in the Pop Instrumental category for their VOCAL disc, "Givin' It Up"! (Although they did win one for Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for their work with Jill Scott on that disc, our Featured CD from back in November.) As for the Jazz categories, just one quibble...for the Jazz Vocal Album, they went with the safe bet, Nancy Wilson's "Turned to Blue," which was a fine disc for the veteran vocalist. But my vote would have gone to the much-more ground-breaking and impressive "Footprints" disc for Karrin Allyson, who has certainly paid her dues and deserved an award. Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Randy and Michael Brecker, Chick Corea, and Brian Lynch & Eddie Palmieri all were deserving (and were all heard on KCCK over the past year!)
One other thing: I hope everyone had a chance to take in the "Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life" documentary on IPT Sunday night...just a fascinting look at the complicated life of the composer and his relationship with Duke Ellington, with some neat performances by Bill Charlap, Dianne Reeves, Joe Lovano and others. If you weren't able to see it, I would watch for the dvd in the future...a real nice addtion for the serious jazz fan's collection.
Bob Stewart, Program Director firstname.lastname@example.org