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December 7, 2006

The usual Grammy nomination crap

Filed under: Music,News — Tom @ 7:05 pm

The Grammy nominations are out and, as usual, it’s a bunch of crap for the most part. There are, of course, the occasional nods to genuine great artists and albums, but most of the noms went to stuff that no one will remember in a few years’ time.

Most questionable to me is how Bob Dylan’s fantastic Modern Times went without a best-album nomination despite near universal reviews that stated it as one of the year’s best? And the Flaming Lips’ At War With The Mystics, a tremendous letdown of an album, somehow was nominated (best alternative album, technically – but you get my point)? Or that someone like Neko Case, whose Fox Confessor Brings The Flood came from behind as an initial disappointment to be a sure top-10 for me, has been overlooked entirely? And so many others more deserving of all the attention the Grammies will afford the nominees.

But, let’s look at the bright side for one moment: the jazz nominations were pretty good, even if one of the best albums, Bill Frisell’s collaboration with Ron Carter and Paul Motian, somehow got overlooked, Ornette Coleman’s great Sound Grammar was. Strange is Sonny Rollins’ Sonny Please being nominated – an album I haven’t even heard about, which isn’t slated for release in the US until January 23, 2007, but apparently can be bought on his site for a whopping $17.95 plus additional $6.95 shipping. If it’s really that good, then granola bars to him for the nomination, but it just seems a little strange that something this out-of-left-field would get a Grammy nomination and Frisell wouldn’t.

I suppose that’s how it goes – and that’s why I’m here. Like gold, precious gems, and other precious artifacts, the good stuff requires digging. I’ll keep digging, maybe toss some stuff up on the surface for others to find. I hope somebody’s taking notice.



  1. The good stuff does require digging. That’s why I never pay attention to the Grammys.

    As far as your surprise towards Ornette Coleman’s nomination: have you heard that album? I only ask because I like him and have yet to hear it. Is your surprise due to the fact that is a bad album? Because I heard some good things about it. Just wondering.

    Comment by Chris — December 8, 2006 @ 2:22 pm | Reply

  2. No, sorry, Chris, maybe I didn’t make that clear – it’s the Sonny Rollins album that I thought was a strange nomination, not the Coleman. Ornette’s album is great! I’m not at all surprised at his nomination.

    Comment by Tom — December 8, 2006 @ 8:31 pm | Reply

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