"I've always said I can't tell sometimes that people even have an album out until I see them nominated for a Grammy. I think country gets dumped on across the board by the Grammys."
It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.
The weekend has finally arrived.
The sun has set.
The evening sky has erupted.
Let's put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of this work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.
Grammy nominated music.
The nominees this weekend include The Black Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, Adele, Katy Perry, Rihanna, and Coldplay.
Forgive me. And at the risk of sounding like an old fogey, I am not impressed. This week’s blog features some eclectic selections that might not be all that popular, and admittedly may not be the greatest music works of art. But compared to the garbage that will get all the attention Grammy night, these pieces are top shelf.
We begin with this nominee for Best Pop Instrumental Album.
Next, for Best Instrumental Composition, Chick Corea and Gary Burton in an interesting twist and turn composition. The legendary Corea is ranked 5th on the number of Grammy nominations.
Talk about your legends. Last year during a Friday night blog, we featured this artist and his first album in many years. It’s up for the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Here’s a selection that was done originally in 1935. Look for Diana Krall on the piano.
Our next selection combines the talents of two giants in their fields: the haunting trumpet of Chris Botti and the distinctive keyboard of Herbie Hancock. Chris Botti’s “Impressions” has been nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album.
That’s it for this week’s segment. The Grammy Awards are televised Sunday night.
Have a great weekend.
We close with a nominee for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, a track from trumpeter Arturo Sandoval’s, “Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You).”