Grammy Noms: Good Love for Radiohead; Plant/Krauss; and jazz noms

Yes, some encouraging news came out of Wednesday night’s hourlong Grammy nominations shindig on television.

I mean, aside from the fact that two of the year’s most impressive releases — Radiohead’s superb In Rainbows, and Raising Sand, the intriguing Robert Plant/Alison Krauss collaboration — were actually nominated for Album of the Year honors (along with a pretty good Coldplay CD and hyped releases by New Orleans rapper Lil Wayne and R&B artist Ne-Yo).

Krauss and Plant also picked up a Record of the Year nom, for “Please Read the Letter,” and three other noms. Radiohead nabbed five noms, too.

According to the Los Angeles Times, there’s a possibility that presentations of jazz and classical awards, typically given short shrift during the Grammy show, will be recorded, packaged with performances and offered to public television and cable outlets.

About time.

Quite a few first-rate musicians were nominated in the jazz categories. The “contemporary jazz” category, thankfully, includes several artists – Randy Brecker and John McLaughlin, in particular – whose music has little in common with the bland wallpaper sounds associated with “contemporary jazz” radio.

Here’s the jazz list, courtesy of

Best Contemporary Jazz Album

  • Randy In Brasil
    Randy Brecker
    [MAMA Records]
  • Floating Point
    John McLaughlin
    [Abstract Logix]
  • Cannon Re-Loaded: All-Star Celebration Of Cannonball Adderley
    (Various Artists)
    Gregg Field & Tom Scott, producers
    [Concord Jazz]
  • Miles From India
    (Various Artists)
    Bob Belden, producer
    [4Q/Times Square Records]
  • Lifecycle
    Yellowjackets Featuring Mike Stern
    [Heads Up International]

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Imagina: Songs Of Brasil
Karrin Allyson
[Concord Jazz]

  • Breakfast On The Morning Tram
    Stacey Kent
    [Blue Note]
  • If Less Is More…Nothing Is Everything
    Kate McGarry
    [Palmetto Records]
  • Loverly
    Cassandra Wilson
    [Blue Note]
  • Distances
    Norma Winstone (Glauco Venier & Klaus Gesing)

Best Jazz Instrumental Solo

· Be-Bop
Terence Blanchard, soloist
Track from: Live At The 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival (Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All-Stars)
[Monterey Jazz Festival Records]

  • Seven Steps To Heaven
    Till Brönner, soloist
    Track from: The Standard (Take 6)
    [Heads Up International]
  • Waltz For Debby
    Gary Burton & Chick Corea, soloists
    Track from: The New Crystal Silence
    [Concord Records]
  • Son Of Thirteen
    Pat Metheny, soloist
    Track from: Day Trip
    [Nonesuch Records]
  • Be-Bop
    James Moody, soloist
    Track from: Live At The 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival (Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All-Stars)
    [Monterey Jazz Festival Records]

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group

  • The New Crystal Silence
    Chick Corea & Gary Burton
    [Concord Records]
  • History, Mystery
    Bill Frisell
    [Nonesuch Records]
  • Brad Mehldau Trio: Live
    Brad Mehldau Trio
    [Nonesuch Records]
  • Day Trip
    Pat Metheny With Christian McBride & Antonio Sanchez
    [Nonesuch Records]
  • Standards
    Alan Pasqua, Dave Carpenter & Peter Erskine Trio
    [Fuzzy Music]

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

  • Appearing Nightly
    Carla Bley And Her Remarkable Big Band
  • Act Your Age
    Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band
  • Symphonica
    Joe Lovano With WDR Big Band & Rundfunk Orchestra
    [Blue Note]
  • Blauklang
    Vince Mendoza
    [Act Music and Vision (AMV)]
  • Monday Night Live At The Village Vanguard
    The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
    [Planet Arts Recordings]

Best Latin Jazz Album

  • Afro Bop Alliance
    Caribbean Jazz Project
    [Heads Up International]
  • The Latin Side Of Wayne Shorter
    Conrad Herwig & The Latin Side Band
    [Half Note Records]
  • Song For Chico
    Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
  • Nouveau Latino
    Nestor Torres
    [Diamond Light Records]
  • Marooned/Aislado
    Papo Vázquez The Mighty Pirates
    [Picaro Records]

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