[JPL] Herbie's Grammy

Al Karia jctrane at gmail.com
Wed Feb 20 18:36:55 EST 2008


Bob...what remarkable constraint you demonstrated in your letter!! "Bravo"
to you for responding to such a lunkhead.
     Gene Abkarian  Ft Collins, CO


On 2/20/08, Seymour, Bob <BSeymour at wusf.org> wrote:
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> I saw a number of the articles concerning Herbie's Grammy, but none was
> more off-base than in my local (and generally very good) paper, the St.
> Petersburg Times.  Their pop music writer, in a lengthy piece titled
> "Hancock? No, No No", complained that the whole evening promised a
> different result, and that it disrupted his pre-ordained review of the
> show, called it 'a bamboozle', and gratuitously knocked 'old-guard dude'
> Quincy Jones for his evident joy for Herbie.  The piece was subtitled
> 'Grammys saves its highest honor for music as it was, not music as it
> is'.
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> On Saturday, they printed my response, and even put a nice picture of
> Herbie beside my letter to the editor:
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>            The Grammy Awards have a history of surprising picks, and
> it's a shame they didn't follow Sean Daly's game plan as his deadline
> loomed ("Hancock? No, no, no", Feb 12").  But many of us rejoice at
> Herbie Hancock's Album of the Year honor.
>
>            The Joni Mitchell tribute, which includes music by Duke
> Ellington and Wayne Shorter, is a rewarding collection by an artist who
> has been groundbreaking and fearless for nearly 50 years.  What a
> pleasure to see sales skyrocket within a day for a musician who avoids
> the self-aggrandizement and posturing so prevalent on the music
> landscape.
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>            Daly, who seldom mentions jazz except in a patronizing way,
> worries this award erodes the Grammy's credibility.  I suggest that
> Hancock, Mitchell, and the all-star cast on "River" are perpetually
> modern, and this surprising choice was a rare and welcome triumph of art
> over commerce.
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> Bob Seymour
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