Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollections

THE 2001 GRAMMYS | JAZZ

Many Deserving Choices in a Year Without Superstars

February 18, 2001|DON HECKMAN

There may be no iconic figures present in this year's Grammy nominations, but there's still plenty from which to choose.

* Jazz vocal album: The ladies have a lock here, with Nnenna Freelon poised to make an upward career move. But the equally worthy Dianne Reeves and Dee Dee Bridgewater are almost as likely to win.

* Jazz instrumental album: Perennial nominee Michael Brecker should score here or in the instrumental solo category. Dave Holland, however, has delivered one of the year's most compelling outings.

* Jazz instrumental solo: Keith Jarrett or Pat Metheny seem the deserving winners. But one wishes Kenny Barron could pick up an award, here or in the best album grouping.

* Contemporary jazz album: The popular band Fourplay or new star Liquid Soul looks strong here. Bela Fleck's presence in other fields could dilute his support. But the Tim Hagans-Bob Belden duo album offers attractive new ideas in this stylistically predictable arena.

* Large jazz ensemble album: Joe Lovano's fine work should finally bring a much deserved win. Too bad it will be at the expense of Sam Rivers' imaginative Rivbea All-Star Orchestra.

* Latin jazz album: So much to choose from. Chucho Valdes has the visibility that wins Grammys. But the Danilo Perez and David Sanchez works are two of the year's finest outings, in any genre.

Advertisement
Los Angeles Times Articles
|
|
|