Audio News for February 14, 2007

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Grammy Awards Picks – The Grammy Awards have been made for recordings released from October 2005 thru September 2006, and here are those of probable interest to Audiophile Audition readers:

The Dixie Chicks got Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Country Album and Song of the Year.  Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals went to Tonny Bennett and Stevie Wonder for Once in My Life. Best Pop Instrumental Performance went to George Benson & Al Jarreau for Mornin’, and Best Pop Instrumental Album to Peter Frampton for Fingerprints. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album was Tony Bennett’s Duest: An American Classic. Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance: Bob Dylan for Someday Baby. Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal (whew!): Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Dani California. Best Rock Instrumental Performance: The Flaming Lips’ The Wizard Turns On. Best Rock Album: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Stadium Arcadium. Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: George Benson & Al Jarreau – God Bless the Child. Best Bluegrass Album: Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder – Instrumentals.

Best Contempoary Jazz Album: Bela Fleck & The Flecktones’ The Hidden Land. Best Jazz Vocal Album: Nancy Wilson’s Turned to Blue. Best Jazz Instrumental Solo: Michael Brecker – Some Skunk Funk. Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group: Chick Corea – The Ultimate Adventure. Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Some Skunk Funk. Best Latin Jazz Album: Brian Lynch/Eddie Palmieri Project – Simpatico. Best Traditional Blues Album: Ike Turner’s Risin’ With the Blues. Best Contemporary Blues Album: Irma Thomas’ After The Rain. Best Traditional Folk Album: Bruce Springsteen ‘ We Shall Overcome – The Seeger Sessions. Best Contemporary Folk/Aermicana Album: Bob Dylan – Modern Times. Best Contemporary World Music Album: The Klezmatics – Wonder Wheel. Best Musical Show Album: Jersey Boys. Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, TV or Other Vidual Media: Joaquin Phoenix & other artists – Walk The Line. Best Score Soundtrack Album: John Williams – Memoirs of a Geisha. Best Song Written for Motion Picture, TV or Other Visual Media: Randy Newman & James Taylor – Our Town (from Cars). Best Instrumental Composition: John Williams – A Prayer for Peace (Munich soundtrack). Best Instrumental Arrangement: Chick Corea, arr. – Three Ghouls (from The Ultimate Adventure). Best Album Notes: Dan Morgenstern, for the Fats Waller Reissue “If you Got To Ask, You Ain’t Got It!”  Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: At War With the Mystics – The Flaming Lips and Dave Fredmann.

Best Surround Sound Album: Morph the Cat (Donald Fagen) Elliot Scheiner, engineer. Best Engineered Album, Classical: ELGAR: Enigma; BRITTEN: Young Person’s Guide; 4 Sea Interludes – Michael Bishop, engineer. Producer of the Year, Classical: Elaine Martone of Telarc Records. Best Classical Album  & Best Orchestral Performance: MAHLER: Sym. No. 7 – San Francisco Sym./Michael Tilson Thomas. Best Opera Recording & Best Classical Contemporary Composition: GOLIJOV: Aninadamar, Fountain of Tears – Atlanta Sym./Robert Spano (DGG). Best Choral Performance: PAART: Da Pacem – Paul Hillier (Harmonia mundi). Best Instrumental Soloist with Orchestra: MESSIAEN: Oiseaux exotiques – Angelin Chang/Cleveland Ch. Sym./John McLaughlin Williams (TNC). Best Instrumental Soloist Performance without Orchestra: Maurizio Pollini, for CHOPIN Noctures (DGG). Best Chamber Music Performance: Emerson String Quartet – Intimate Voices (DGG). Best Small Ensemble Performance: PADILLA: Sun of Justice – LA Ch. Singer’s Cappella/Peter Rutenberg (RCM). Best Classical Vocal Performance: LIEBERSON: Rilke Songs – Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Bridge). Best Classical Crossover Album: Bryn Terfel – Simple Gifts (DGG). Best Short Form Music Video: OK Go – Here It Goes Again (Capitol). Best Long Form Music Video: Bruce Springsteen – Wings for Wheels: The Making of Born To Run (Columbia).

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