Posted by: russdavis | February 15, 2012

2012 MOJA Grammy Winners

2012 MOJA Grammy Winners

Here is a list of MOJA’s nominees from 2011 releases in jazz-related categories for the 54th Grammy Awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences: I post this specific winners list because they come from the varied world of MOdern JAzz that I call MOJA and are gleaned from the various categories that fall under the MOJA umbrella. It does not reflect the entirety of jazz categories.

Certainly the Grammy awards are less than perfect as it can oftentimes seem to be a situation where the most familiar names are the winners and many deserving artists and releases are constantly overlooked.  But sometimes they get it right.  Sometimes never-before recognized artists and releases DO break through. So, instead of being negative, let’s instead celebrate the winners and here they are for 2012. CONGRATS TO ALL! 

Russ Davis/MOJA Radio

Two 2012 Grammy's for Corea, Clarke & White's FOREVER!

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

(What a 70th birthday party for Chick Corea was the year 2011. Corea, Clarke & White beat out Sonny Rollins, Joe Lovano & The Yellowjackets for this award and RTF IV was a worldwide touring success. I guess we got it right on this one too as FOREVER was # 1 for the year on the MIGHTY MOJA COUNTDOWN for the year here on MOJA Radio!) 


Corea, Clarke & White

[Concord Records]

What a year for Chick & the guys (MOJA's Russ Davis seen here backstage in Austin, TX with Corea, Lenny White & Stanley Clarke!)

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

(Chick wins out over Sonny Rollins and Randy Brecker on this one!)

500 Miles High

Chick Corea, soloist

Track from: Forever (Corea, Clarke & White)

[Concord Records]

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Dee Dee Bridgewater & Geri Allen (seen here with MOJA's Russ Davis) just two of the great ladies who helped Terri Lyne Carrigton's "The Mosaic Project" win a Grammy!

(Terri Lyne and a host of all-female artists including vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater, Esperanza Spalding, Gretchen Parlato, Dianne Reeves and Cassandra Wilson pull off a big one here as not only did they beat vocalists like Kurt Elling, Roseanna Vitro, Karrin Allyson and Tierney Sutton but the album is full of instrumentals as well!  GO LADIES!!!)

The Mosaic Project

Terri Lyne Carrington & Various Artists

[Concord Jazz]

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Christian McBride (one of the REALLY good guys in jazz, seen here with MOJA's Russ Davis) finally wins a Grammy as a leader!

(This is Christian McBride’s first Grammy as a leader and with all the small group work he’s done it’s interesting that it comes with a big band. He won over Randy Brecker’s great release with the Danish Radio Big Band, which got three well-deserved nominations by the way, as well as NEA Jazz Master Gerald Wilson. Good goin’ Chris!)

The Good Feeling

Christian McBride Big Band

[Mack Avenue Records]

Best Instrumental Composition

(The Grammys just love Bela Fleck & The Flecktones and give them this award over some superior compositions by John Hollenbeck, Randy Brecker and Russell Ferrante of The Yellowjackets. Pretty tough competition in this one for sure!)

Life In Eleven

Béla Fleck & Howard Levy, composers (Béla Fleck & The Flecktones)

Track from: Rocket Science

[eOne Music]

Best New Age Album 

Pat Metheny wins a "new age" Grammy? Yeah, we'll go with that.

(Pat’s second solo, baritone guitar album wouldn’t fit in a “jazz” category so this is a fine place to put it and it think it’s time for him to build another room in his house to fit all the awards!)

What’s It All About

Pat Metheny


Best Pop Instrumental Album

(Good ‘ol funky groove wins out again.  You hear lots of it on “The World’s Modern Jazz Radio Channel,” MOJA Radio!)

The Road From Memphis

Booker T. Jones

[Anti Records]

Best Blues Album

(Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and the crew hold the banner high for the “Jazzy Jambands!”)


Tedeschi Trucks Band


Best Regional Roots Music Album

(You know you got to give the great musicians of New Orleans the biggest props for carrying on no matter what! You can’t keep NOLA down…yeah, you know you rite…and we’re all over NOLA music on MOJA Radio!)

Rebirth of New Orleans

Rebirth Brass Band

[Basin Street Records]


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