February 8, 1998 |
Williams and Belden, two of the finest arranger-composers in contemporary music, have given themselves unusually demanding musical challenges in these two seemingly disparate, but oddly similar recordings. In each case, the program of music consists of songs primarily associated with a singer: Frank Sinatra in "Sinatraland," Carole King in "Tapestry."
October 20, 1991 |
*** Bob Belden, "The Music of Sting," Blue Note. Using Sting's music as the basis for a jazz album is a good idea. Belden's charts for ensembles are first-rate blendings of superb material and beautifully crafted arrangements. Among the best moments are the instrumentals "They Dance Alone" and "Dream of the Blue Turtles," on which Rick Margitza, Joey Calderazzo, Bobby Watson and John Scofield are among the soloists.
February 27, 1997
(Who took home the most statuettes.) Babyface: 3 The Beatles: 3 Eric Clapton: 3 Beck: 2 Bob Belden: 2 Toni Braxton: 2 Michael Brecker: 2 Sheryl Crow: 2 Celine Dion: 2 David Foster: 2 Vince Gill: 2 LeAnn Rimes: 2 Phil Schaap: 2 Voices Clint Black appearing as a presenter with teenager LeAnn Rimes: "It's very good to be here tonight, and with LeAnn, who's already won two Grammys tonight. You know, when I was 14, I had a paper route."
May 7, 1988 |
Red Rodney, who came to jazz prominence with Charlie Parker in 1949, remains at heart a be-bopper. But his approach is fresh and spirited, his style contemporary. In town as a last-minute substitute for the ailing Toots Thielemans, one example of the 60-year-old trumpeter's modern attitude and his respect for tradition came, Thursday night at the Catalina Bar & Grill, during a rendition of the traditional "Greensleeves."
February 18, 2001 |
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.