Looking Forward to the Grammys, Part IX


Today we’re listening to the nominees for Best Improvised Jazz Solo. I’m only familiar with Jon Batiste and Chick Corea among these nominees.

Sackodougou, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, trumpet soloist. This is a little long, so if you’d like to cut to the solo, it starts at about 4:49:

Kick Those Feet, Kenny Barron, piano soloist. Barron lays down the theme in the first 30 seconds, then improvises for the next three minutes. He then supports bassist, then recaps the theme at the end:

Bigger Than Us, Jon Batiste, piano soloist. The improvisation starts around 0:40:

Absence, Terence Blanchard, trumpet soloist. He’s improvising almost all the way through:

Humpty Dumpty (Set 2), Chick Corea, piano soloist. Yep, he’s also improvising almost all the way through:

I like Sackodougou, but Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah’s solo gets kind of shrill. Bigger Than Us is lovely, but short; Batiste does a great job. Absence is nice, but a little dissonant at times. Kick Those Feet is an absolute delight–sweet, neat, it keeps me engaged the entire time. Amazing piano playing by Barron. But Humpty Dumpty (Set 2) is also all of that, and it’s 12 minutes long, and it was recorded live. I gotta vote for Chick Corea.

Now it’s your turn. Which of these nominees is your favorite? Tell us why in the comments below.

Have you seen the other parts of this series? Part I: Best Music VideoPart II: Song of the YearPart III: Best Global Music PerformancePart IV: Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/ SongPart V: Best Dance/ Electronic PerformancePart VI: Best Rock Song, Part VII: Best Country Song, and Part VIII: Best Traditional R&B Performance.

2 responses »

    • Sackodougou has kind of a multicultural flavor, with the djembe (west African drum) and whatever that string instrument is (makes me think of the Middle East). Too bad it wasn’t nominated for Best Global Music Performance.


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