[JPL] Grammy Awards: Voters honor the late James Moody, familiar names in jazz

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Grammy Awards: Voters honor the late James Moody, familiar names in jazz

February 13, 2011 |  5:00 pm

While grousing about Grammy voters for playing it safe is pretty much an
annual pastime, there's little room for argument in their choice to honor
the late James Moody in the jazz instrumental album category. An influential
saxophonist who died of pancreatic cancer in December at 85 years old,
Moody's "Moody 4B" is a warm and tradition-rich listen with a graceful sense
of swing. Fellow nominees the Vijay Iyer Trio and Danilo Perez may have been
more adventurous choices, but Moody's first Grammy win was long overdue.

More disappointing was the win by the Mingus Big Band's "Live at Jazz
Standard" in the large ensemble category. A long-running and often raucous
group celebrating the late Charles Mingus' songbook, their win comes at the
expense of veteran bassist Dave Holland's octet and Darcy James Argue's
Secret Society, whose wildly inventive "Infernal Machines" took the big band
to previously undiscovered worlds.

Dee Dee Bridgewater was honored in the jazz vocal category with a vibrant
tribute to Billie Holiday, "Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie with Love
from Dee Dee," and the Stanley Clarke Band beat out fellow fusion veteran
John McLaughlin and New Orleans' fiery Trombone Shorty in the contemporary
jazz category. Chucho Valdéz and the Afro-Cuban Messengers were also winners
in the Latin jazz category.

Other jazz players receiving honors were Billy Childs in a song from his
album "Autumn: In Moving Pictures, Jazz-Chamber Music Vol. 2" in the
instrumental composition category, and Vince Mendoza & Metropole Orkest's
collaboration with guitarist John Scofield were winners in the instrumental
arrangement category with a piece from the album "54."

Complete list of winners after the jump.

Contemporary jazz album: The Stanley Clarke Band, "The Stanley Clarke Band"

Jazz vocal album: Dee Dee Bridgewater, "Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To
Billie with Love from Dee Dee"

Improvised jazz solo: Herbie Hancock, "A Change is Gonna Come" from "The
Imagine Project"

Jazz instrumental album, individual or group: James Moody, "Moody 4B"

Large ensemble jazz album: Mingus Big Band, "Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz

Latin jazz album: Chucho Valdéz and the Afro-Cuban Messengers, "Chucho's

 -- Chris Barton

Photo: James Moody onstage in Chicago in 2009. Credit: Chris Sweda / Chicago

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