Congratulations go out (again!) to two of our DTBF story contributors, Terri Lyne Carrington (“Full Circle”) and Dianne Reeves (“Talking to the Devil”), for receiving a 2015 GRAMMY nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album, Beautiful Life.
Here’s the notification we received this morning:
Produced by Terri Lyne Carrington, Beautiful Life features an all-star cast that includes bassists Esperanza Spalding and Richard Bona, vocalists Gregory Porter and Lalah Hathaway, pianists Robert Glasper and Gerald Clayton, Raul Midón, Sean Jones and Reeves cousin and frequent long-time collaborator, George Duke.
Nominated for the 2015 GRAMMY for Best Jazz Vocal Album, Beautiful Life showcases Dianne’s sublime gifts in what is a melding of R&B, Latin and pop elements within the framework of 21st Century jazz. ”At its essence,” says Reeves, “Life is beautiful, and I wanted to celebrate that which is too often overlooked.”
Beautiful Life features singularly memorable covers of Bob Marley’s ”Waiting in Vain”, Fleetwood Mac’s ”Dreams”, Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” and Ani DiFranco’s self-empowering ”32 Flavors.” The rest of the twelve tracks cover a spectrum from jazz to soul, along with two new songs, “Cold” and ”Satiated”, which are emotionally volcanic.
Here’s to Terri Lyne, Dianne and all these fabulous jazz artists.