Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album

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Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album
Awarded forQuality performances in the Latin jazz music genre
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1995
Last awardedpresent
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz 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 works (songs or albums) in the Latin jazz 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. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.

Latin jazz is a genre of jazz with Latin American rhythms. Although musicians continually expand its parameters, the term Latin jazz is generally understood to have a more specific meaning than simply "jazz from Latin America". Some Latin jazz typically employs rhythms that either have a direct analog in Africa, or exhibit an African influence. The two main categories of Latin jazz are:

  1. Afro-Cuban jazz – jazz rhythmically based on Cuban popular dance music, often with a rhythm section employing ostinato patterns or a clave.
  2. Afro-Brazilian jazz – includes bossa nova and jazz samba.

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Originally called the Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Performance, the award was first presented to Arturo Sandoval in 1995. The name of the category was changed to Best Latin Jazz Album in 2001, the same year producers, engineers, and/or mixers associated with the winning work became award recipients in addition to the recording artists. According to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards, the award is presented to "vocal or instrumental albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded material", with the intent to recognize the "blending" of jazz music with Argentinian, Brazilian, Iberian-American, and Latin tango music. [3] Beginning in 1998, members of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (LARAS) are eligible to vote in the Latin categories including Best Latin Jazz Album. [4]

Arturo Sandoval Cuban musician

Arturo Sandoval is a Cuban-American jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer.

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.

As of 2016, Paquito D'Rivera and Chucho Valdés share the record for the most wins in this category, with three each. Two-time recipients include Sandoval, Charlie Haden, and Eddie Palmieri (once as a collaboration called The Brian Lynch/Eddie Palmieri Project). Since its inception, the award has been presented to musicians or groups originating from Brazil, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and the United States. Ray Barretto and Wayne Wallace hold the record for the most nominations without a win, with four.

Paquito DRivera Cuban musician

Paquito D'Rivera is a Cuban-born American saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer who plays and composes jazz and classical music.

Chucho Valdés Cuban musician

Jesús Valdés Rodríguez, better known as Chucho Valdés, is a Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger whose career spans over 50 years. An original member of the Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna, in 1973 he founded the group Irakere, one of Cuba's best-known Latin jazz bands. Both his father, Bebo Valdés, and his son, Chuchito, are pianists as well. He has won six Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards.

Charlie Haden American bassist

Charles Edward Haden was an American jazz double bass player, bandleader, composer and educator whose career spanned more than fifty years. In the late 1950s, Haden was an original member of the ground-breaking Ornette Coleman Quartet.

The award was not presented in 2012 as part of a major overhaul of Grammy categories; Latin jazz recordings were shifted to either the Best Jazz Instrumental Album or Best Jazz Vocal Album categories. However following protests and a lawsuit made by Latin jazz musicians, the Recording Academy announced it would be bringing back the category for the 55th Grammy Awards. [5]

The Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album is an award that was first presented in 1959.

The Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album is an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for quality works in the vocal jazz music genre. Awards 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".

Recipients

Two-time award winner Arturo Sandoval, performing in 2008 Arturo Sandoval photo.jpg
Two-time award winner Arturo Sandoval, performing in 2008
1998 award winner Roy Hargrove, performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam in 2006 RoyHargrove.jpg
1998 award winner Roy Hargrove, performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam in 2006
Three-time award winner Chucho Valdés in 2007 Chucho Valdes.jpg
Three-time award winner Chucho Valdés in 2007
Two-time award winner Charlie Haden, performing in 2007 Charlie Haden.jpg
Two-time award winner Charlie Haden, performing in 2007
2004 award winner Michel Camilo in 2007 Michel Camilo.jpg
2004 award winner Michel Camilo in 2007
Year [I] Performing artist(s)WorkNomineesRef.
1995 Arturo Sandoval Danzón (Dance On)
[6]
1996 Jobim Antonio Brasileiro
[7]
1997 Paquito D'Rivera Portraits of Cuba
[8]
1998 Roy Hargrove's Crisol Habana
[9]
1999 Arturo Sandoval Hot House
[10]
2000 Poncho Sanchez Latin Soul
[11]
2001 Chucho Valdés Live at the Village Vanguard
[12]
2002 Charlie Haden Nocturne
[13]
2003 Dave Samuels and the Caribbean Jazz Project The Gathering
[14]
2004 Michel Camilo, Charles Flores, and Horacio Hernandez Live at the Blue Note
[15]
2005 Charlie Haden Land of the Sun
  • Raphael Cruz – Bebop Timba
  • Jerry Gonzalez y los Piratas del Flamenco – Jerry Gonzalez y los Piratas del Flamenco
  • Conrad Herwig Nonet – Another Kind of Blue: The Latin Side of Miles Davis
  • Diego Urcola – Soundances
[16]
2006 Eddie Palmieri Listen Here!
[17]
2007 The Brian Lynch/Eddie Palmieri Project Simpático
2008 Paquito D'Rivera Quintet? Funk Tango
[18]
2009 Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra Song for Chico
[19]
2010 Bebo Valdés and Chucho Valdés Juntos Para Siempre
[20]
2011 Chucho Valdés and the Afro-Cuban Messengers Chucho's Steps
  • Pablo Aslan – Tango Grill
  • Hector Martignon – Second Chance
  • Poncho SánchezPsychedelic Blues
  • Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet – ¡Bien Bien!
[21]
2013 Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big BandRitmo!
[22]
2014 Paquito D'Rivera and Trio Corrente Song for Maura
[23]
2015 Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz OrchestraThe Offense of the Drum
[24]
2016 Eliane Elias Made in Brazil
[25]
2017 Chucho Valdés Tribute to Irakere: Live in Marciac
[26]
2018 Pablo Ziegler Trio Jazz Tango
  • Antonio Adolfo - Hybrido - From Rio to Wayne Shorter
  • Jane Bunnett & Maqueque - Oddara
  • Anat Cohen & Marcello Goncalves - Outra Coisa - The Music of Moacir Santos
  • Miguel Zenón - Típico
[27]
2019 Dafnis Prieto Big Band Back to the Sunset [28]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.

See also

Afro-Cuban jazz is the earliest form of Latin jazz. It mixes Afro-Cuban clave-based rhythms with jazz harmonies and techniques of improvisation. Afro-Cuban jazz emerged in the early 1940s with the Cuban musicians Mario Bauzá and Frank Grillo "Machito" in the band Machito and his Afro-Cubans in New York City. In 1947, the collaborations of bebop trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and percussionist Chano Pozo brought Afro-Cuban rhythms and instruments, such as the tumbadora and the bongo, into the East Coast jazz scene. Early combinations of jazz with Cuban music, such as "Manteca" and "Mangó Mangüé", were commonly referred to as "Cubop" for Cuban bebop.

The Billboard Latin Music Award for Latin Jazz Album of the Year was an honor that was presented annually at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, a ceremony which honors "the most popular albums, songs, and performers in Latin music, as determined by the actual sales, radio airplay, streaming and social data that shapes Billboard's weekly charts". Latin jazz is a form of jazz music which incorporates various sounds from Latin America.

The Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz/Jazz Album is an honor presented annually at the Latin Grammy Awards, a ceremony that recognizes excellence and creates a wider awareness of cultural diversity and contributions of Latin recording artists in the United States and internationally. The award has been given to artists since the 1st Latin Grammy Awards in 2000 for vocal or instrumental albums containing more than half of its playing time of newly recorded material in Spanish or Portuguese. Latin jazz is a mixture of musical genres, including Afro-Caribbean and Pan-American rhythms with the harmonic structure of jazz. Other jazz genres may also be considered for inclusion by the Jazz Committee.

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