Grammy season has officially begun with today’s announcement of the nominees for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, and The Orchard is excited and proud to say that 30 of those nominations belong to our artists. With so much to celebrate, we thought we’d break down a few of those in the running for the golden gramophone.
Our man Anderson .Paak exploded out of the woodwork this year, earning two nominations for Best New Artist and Best Urban Contemporary Album. His infectiously groovy breakout LP Malibu hung around on the charts for 43 weeks, peaking at #5 on Top R&B Albums, #6 on Independent Albums and #79 on the Billboard 200 charts. With complex instrumentation, feel good beats and high-profile features from heavy hitters like Schoolboy Q, The Game, Talib Kweli & more, .Paak pulled critical acclaim from press and artists alike.
22-year-old jazz prodigy Jacob Collier also earned two nominations for tracks from his experimental and frankly mind-blowing record In My Room. His song “You And I“ received a nom for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or a Cappella and his reworking of The Flinstones theme song got one for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals. In My Room hit #3 on Billboard’s Jazz Album chart and #10 on the Heatseekers chart. What else would you expect from one of Quincy Jones‘s “favourite young artists on the planet?”
Also in the jazz category, we had John Daversa with three nominations for his record Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles, two nominations for John Beasley and his record MONK’estra, Vol. 1, a Best Jazz Vocal Album nomination for The Tierney Sutton Band‘s The Sting Variations, a Best Jazz Instrumental Album nomination for Peter Erskine‘s Dr. Um and much more.
Who said film isn’t a part of music’s biggest night? Our hit documentary The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble made the nomination list for Best Musical Film, giving you another reason to include it in your next movie night in.
The Orchard’s artists saw three major nominations in the the classical field, two in the world music category… I could go on all day. Check out a full list of our nominees below so you know who to cheer for on February 12th.
Steve Gadd Band: Way Back Home Live From Rochester, NY [BFM Jazz], Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
The Tierney Sutton Band: The Sting Variations [BFM Jazz], Best Jazz Vocal Album
Peter Erskine: Dr. Um [Fuzzy Music], Best Jazz Instrumental Album
John Beasley (2): MONK’estra, Vol. 1 [Mack Avenue Records], Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album / Best Arrangement, Instrumental Or A Cappella (For “Ask Me Now”)
John Daversa (3): Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles [BFM Jazz], Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album / Best Arrangement, Instrumental Or A Cappella (For “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”) / Best Arrangement, Instruments And Vocals (For “Do You Want To Know A Secret”)
Bob Mintzer: All L.A. Band [Fuzzy Music], Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Michael Spiro/Wayne Wallace – La Orquestra Sinfonietta: Canto America [Patois Records], Best Latin Jazz Album
Gordon Mote: Gordon Mote Sings Hymns and Songs of Inspiration [New Haven Records], Best Roots Gospel Album
Grupo Niche: 35 Aniversario [TropiSounds, PPM USA], Best Tropical Latin Album
Kenny Neal: Bloodline [Cleopatra Blues], Best Contemporary Blues Album
Barry Jean Ancelet & Sam Broussard: Broken Promised Land [Swallow Records], Best Regional Roots Album
Various Artists: I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax in the Evangeline Country Part Four: Good Women and Bad Girls [Valcour Records], Best Regional Roots Album
Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could: Press Play [Bumblin’ Bee Records], Best Children’s Album
The Phil Norman Tentet: Then & Now: Classic Sounds & Variations of 12 Jazz Legends [MAMA Records], Best Arrangement, Instrumental Or A Cappella (For “Linus & Lucy”)
Jacob Collier (2): In My Room [Membran], Best Arrangement, Instrumental Or A Cappella (For “You And I”), Best Arrangement, Instruments And Vocals (For “Flintstones”)
Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band: A Big Phat Christmas Wrap This! [Music Of Content], Best Arrangement, Instruments And Vocals (For “Do You Hear What I Hear?”)
San Francisco Symphony & Michael Tilson Thomas: Mason Bates: Works for Orchestra [San Francisco Symphony], Best Orchestral Performance
The Crossing: Thomas Lloyd: Bonhoeffer [Albany Records], Best Choral Performance
Judith Farmer: Gernot Wolfgang: Passing Through[Albany Records], Best Classical Compendium
The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble: [The Orchard], Best Musical Film
Sofi Tukker: Best Dance Recording (For “Drinkee”)
Anderson .Paak (2): Malibu [Steel Wool Entertainment], Best New Artist, Best Urban Contemporary Album
Joey Alexander: Countdown [Motema], Best Improvised Jazz Solo (For “Countdown”)
René Marie: Sound of Red [Motema], Best Jazz Vocal Album