Thursday, December 6, 2007

Herbie Hancock vies for Grammy Album of the Year

The Grammy nominations are out and maybe the biggest news for The Offbeat is the selection of a jazz album for Album of the Year. Herbie Hancock’s Rivers: The Joni Letters CD, a tribute to the music of an old friend and colleague, Joni Mitchell, Hancock recorded with Mitchell on her 1979 Asylum album, is in contention for Grammy biggest prize, Best Pop Album

One of the icons of modern muisc, Hancock will chance for two Grammys with his nomination also in the Best Contemporary Jazz Album category.

Nominees for the Best Contemporary Jazz Album category are; Party Hats, Will Bernard [Palmetto Records], Downright Upright, Brian Bromberg [Artistry Music], Re-imagination, Eldar [Masterworks Jazz], River: The Joni Letters, Herbie Hancock [Verve], He Had A Hat, Jeff Lorber [Blue Note]


The Best Reggae Album (Vocal or Instrumental.): The Burning Spear Experience, Burning Spear [Burning Music Production], Mind Control, Stephen Marley [Tuff Gong/Ghetto Youths/Universal Republic], The End Of An American Dream, Lee "Scratch" Perry [Megawave], Anniversary, Sly & Robbie And The Taxi Gang [Taxi Records] , Light Your Light, Toots & The Maytals, [Fantasy]


R&B new sensation Jill Scott, who comes in for Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival 2008, received a nomination in the category of Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her single Hate On Me, track from The Real Thing album. Fresh from her successful acting performance in the film Why Did I Get Married, Jill Scott will headline the Montego Bay Festival on Friday, January 25, 2008.

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