Grammy voters might have made some baffling choices this year (seriously, Hall & Oates?), but not when it came to the jazz categories.
Though there was speculation that Allen Toussaint's "The Bright Mississippi" might sneak into the major categories with its rich, reverent take on the classic sound of New Orleans, the album instead was nominated in the jazz instrumental album category.
There it will compete against the John Patitucci Trio's "Remembrance" and a pair of solid if not entirely groundbreaking live albums from Gary Burton teamed with Pat Metheny, in addition to the Chick Corea and John McLaughlin reunion, "Five Peace Band Live."
In the contemporary jazz category, veteran fusion guitarist Mike Stern earned a nomination for "Big Neighborhood," a sprawling, adventurous record that featured such guests as Esperanza Spalding, Steve Vai and Medeski Martin & Wood. Vibraphonist Stefon Harris also earned a nomination for his hip-hop-friendly Blackout ensemble's "Urbanus."