Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

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Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Awarded forQuality instrumental albums in the pop music genre
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded2001
Currently held by Steve Gadd Band, Steve Gadd Band (2019)
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album (previously: Best Pop Instrumental Album) is an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, [1] to recording artists for quality instrumental albums in the pop music genre. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position". [2]

Grammy Award accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. It shares recognition of the music industry as that of the other performance awards such as the Academy Awards (film), the Emmy Awards (television), and the Tony Awards (theater).

An instrumental is a musical composition or recording without lyrics, or singing, although it might include some inarticulate vocals, such as shouted backup vocals in a Big Band setting. Through semantic widening, a broader sense of the word song may refer to instrumentals. The music is primarily or exclusively produced using musical instruments. An instrumental can exist in music notation, after it is written by a composer; in the mind of the composer ; as a piece that is performed live by a single instrumentalist or a musical ensemble, which could range in components from a duo or trio to a large Big Band, concert band or orchestra.

Pop music is a genre of popular music that originated in its modern form in the United States and United Kingdom during the mid-1950s. The terms "popular music" and "pop music" are often used interchangeably, although the former describes all music that is popular and includes many diverse styles. "Pop" and "rock" were roughly synonymous terms until the late 1960s, when they became increasingly differentiated from each other.

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The award was first presented to Joe Jackson in 2001. According to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards, the award is presented to albums containing "at least 51% playing time of newly recorded pop instrumental tracks". [3] Award recipients often include the producers, engineers, and/or mixers associated with the nominated work in addition to the recording artists. In 2005, the producer of a compilation album was the only award recipient. As of 2018, Larry Carlton, Booker T. Jones and Snarky Puppy are the only musicians to receive the award more than once. Gerald Albright received the most nominations with six.

Joe Jackson (musician) English musician and singer-songwriter

David Ian "Joe" Jackson is an English musician and singer-songwriter. After years of studying music and playing clubs, Jackson's first release, "Is She Really Going Out with Him?" became a hit in 1979. This was followed by a number of new wave singles before he moved to more jazz-inflected pop music and had a Top 10 hit in 1982 with "Steppin' Out". He has also composed classical music. He has recorded 19 studio albums and received 5 Grammy Award nominations.

Record producer individual who oversees and manages the recording of an artists music

A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has many, varying roles during the recording process. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements.

Audio mixing (recorded music) audio mixing to yield recorded sound

In sound recording and reproduction, audio mixing is the process of combining multitrack recordings into a final mono, stereo or surround sound product. These tracks that are blended together are done so by using various processes such as equalization and compression. Audio mixing techniques and approaches can vary widely, and due to the skill-level or intent of the mixer, can greatly affect the qualities of the sound recording.

In 2015, the category was renamed Best Contemporary Instrumental Album and moved from the Pop category field to the Contemporary category field. [4] The category description did not change.

Recipients

2002 award winner, Steve Lukather Steve Lukather front.jpg
2002 award winner, Steve Lukather
2007 award winner, Peter Frampton PeterFrampton06.jpg
2007 award winner, Peter Frampton
Béla Fleck of the 2009 award-winning group, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones Belafleck.jpg
Béla Fleck of the 2009 award-winning group, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
2010 award winner, Booker T. Jones Booker T. Jones.jpg
2010 award winner, Booker T. Jones
Year [I] Performing artist(s)WorkNomineesRef.
2001 Joe Jackson Symphony No. 1 [5]
2002 Larry Carlton and Steve Lukather No Substitutions: Live in Osaka [6]
2003 Norman Brown Just Chillin'
[7]
2004 Ry Cooder and Manuel Galban Mambo Sinuendo [8]
2005 Various artists [II] Henry Mancini: Pink Guitar [9]
2006 Burt Bacharach At This Time [10]
2007 Peter Frampton Fingerprints [11]
2008 Beastie Boys The Mix-Up [12]
2009 Béla Fleck and the Flecktones Jingle All the Way [13]
2010 Booker T. Jones Potato Hole [14]
2011 Larry Carlton and Tak Matsumoto Take Your Pick
[15]
2012 Booker T. Jones The Road from Memphis [16]
2013 Chris Botti Impressions
[17]
2014 Herb Alpert Steppin' Out [18]
2015 Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer Bass & Mandolin
[19]
2016 Snarky Puppy and Metropole Orkest Sylva [20]
2017 Snarky Puppy Culcha Vulcha [21]
2018 The Jeff Lorber Fusion Prototype
[22]
2019 Steve Gadd Band Steve Gadd Band [23]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.
^[II] An award was presented to James R. Jensen as the producer of the album.

See also

The Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance was awarded between 1969 and 2011.

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