Grammy nominations for Lalah Hathaway and Robert Glasper again

2015 Grammy nominee Lalah Hathaway

Lalah Hathaway, Robert Glasper, Dianne Reeves, Chick Corea and veteran saxophonist Archie Shepp are amongst nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards

Nominations for the 57th Grammy Awards have been announced. The Awards ceremony will take place on February 8th 2015.

Last year’s award winning Lalah Hathaway receives a nomination again this year, this time for her version of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Jesus Children Of America' on Robert Glasper Experiment’s ‘Black Radio 2’ album. The nomination is for ‘Best Traditional R&B Performance’. Lalah won last year for her remake of Brenda Russell's 'Somethin' on Snarky Puppy's 'Family Dinner Vol. 1' album.

Robert Glasper is nominated for ‘Best R&B Album' for ‘Black Radio 2’ on a good showing for the iconic Blue Note Records on its 75th anniversary. 

‘Best Jazz Instrumental Album’ included three more from Blue Note. Drummer Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band for ‘Landmarks’ and vibes player Bobby Hutcheson on his return to the label for ‘Enjoy The View’ which featured David Sanborn, Joey De Francesco and Billy Hart. Blue Note Records pianist Jason Moran’s contemporary re-working of Fat Waller’s music ‘All Rise’ was also in this category together with Chick Corea’s three CD live album ‘Trilogy’.

Chick was in the nominations for ‘Best Improvised Jazz Solo’ also along with pianists Brad Mehldau and Fred Hersch and saxophonist Joe Lovano.

American pianist Billy Childs’ atmospheric album ‘Map To The Treasure: Re-imagining Laura Nyro’, that has featured on Jazz FM, is among the ‘Best Jazz Vocal Album’ nominees. The album includes singer Dianne Reeves who was also nominated for her superb ‘Beautiful Life’ album. René Marie’s tribute to Eartha Kitt ‘I Wanna Be Evil’ and Gretchen Parlato’s ‘Live In NYC’ could also win this category.

Veteran saxophonist Archie Sheep received a nomination for 'Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album' his live album with his new Attica Blues Orchestra called ‘Live: I Hear The Sound’. The album is a re-interpretation of his historic political jazz statement ‘Attica Blues’ from 1972 and Shepp’s performance was one of the gala closing concerts fro the 2013 EFG London Jazz Festival.

‘Best Latin Jazz Album’ nominations include ‘The Latin Side Of Joe Henderson’ from trombonist Conrad Herwig, percussionist Pedrito Martinez Group’s superb self titled CD for indie label Motema Music, who also had a strong showing, and pianist Arturo O’Farrill’s large ensemble with ‘The Offense Of The Drum’.

Sergio Mendes made it into the nominations for his multi collaborative album ‘Magic’ as ‘Best World Music Album’ as did Anoushka Shankar, sister of Norah Jones, for ‘Traces Of You’.

Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, mentored and championed by Quincy Jones, was nominated for ‘Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella’ for his audacious take on the latin standard ‘Guantanamera’. His album ‘The Invasion Parade’ has been extensively played on Chris Philips’ programme ‘The Blueprint’ on Jazz FM.

Other nominations of note see ‘Best Contemporary Instrumental Album’ places go to saxophonist Gerald Albright, bassist Nathan East and also the trio of Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb and Everette Harp for their album ‘Jazz, Funk, Soul’. Jazz FM favourite Ledisi was nominated for ‘Best R&B Performance’.

Full the full list of Grammy nominees in all categories go to

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