Congratulations to all of the Nonesuch nominees for the 65th Grammy Awards: Molly Tuttle for Best New Artist and Best Bluegrass Album for Crooked Tree with Golden Highway; The Black Keys for Best Rock Album for Dropout Boogie and Best Rock Performance for "Wild Child"; Dan Auerbach for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical; Cécile McLorin Salvant for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Ghost Song and Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals for "Optimistic Voices / No Love Dying"; Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade's LongGone for Best Instrumental Album; Brad Mehldau's Jacob's Ladder for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album; Punch Brothers' Hell on Church Street for Best Folk Album; Caroline Shaw & Attacca Quartet's Evergreen for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance; Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder's GET ON BOARD for Best Traditional Blues Album; Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) for Best Historical Album and Best Album Notes for Bob Mehr; and Astor Piazzolla: The American Clavé Recordings. for Best Album Notes for Fernando González.
Congratulations to Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, The Black Keys, Dan Auerbach, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Joshua Redman/Brad Mehldau/Christian McBride/Brian Blade, Punch Brothers, Caroline Shaw & Attacca Quartet, Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder, Wilco, and the late Astor Piazzolla, all of whose works have been nominated for the 65th Grammy Awards. You can hear all of the nominated works below.
Singer, songwriter, and musician Molly Tuttle has been nominated for Best New Artist. Her Nonesuch debut album, Crooked Tree, with her band Golden Highway, has been nominated for Best Bluegrass Album. The album, recorded live at Nashville’s Oceanway Studios, was produced by Tuttle and Jerry Douglas and features collaborations with Sierra Hull, Old Crow Medicine Show, Margo Price, Billy Strings, Dan Tyminski, and Gillian Welch. Its thirteen tracks, all written or co-written by Tuttle, explore her lifelong love of bluegrass. "Molly Tuttle’s fingers move so quickly, she could pick your pocket without breaking stride," says the New York Times. NPR calls it "a set of dashingly virtuosic songs."
The Black Keys have been nominated for Best Rock Album for Dropout Boogie and Best Rock Performance for the album track “Wild Child.” Dan Auerbach is up for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. As they've done their entire career, Auerbach and Patrick Carney wrote all of the material for the new album, Dropout Boogie, in the studio, and the album captures a number of first takes that hark back to the stripped-down blues rock of their early days making music together in Akron, Ohio, basements. After hashing out initial ideas at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville, the duo welcomed new collaborators Billy F Gibbons, Greg Cartwright, and Angelo Petraglia to the sessions, marking the first time they've invited multiple new contributors to work simultaneously on one of their own albums.
Singer/songwriter Cécile McLorin Salvant has been nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album for her Nonesuch debut album, Ghost Song, and for Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals for the album track “Optimistic Voices / No Love Dying,” featuring her take on the songs by Harold Arlen/Herbert Stothart/Yip Harburg and Gregory Porter. Ghost Song features a diverse mix of seven originals and five interpretations on the themes of ghosts, nostalgia, and yearning. The New York Times calls it "her most revealing and rewarding album yet." Uncut says she is "one of the most daring and resourceful vocalists in jazz—or any other genre, for that matter." The Arts Desk exclaims: "The treasure trove of marvels that is Ghost Song exceeds all expectations.”
Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade have been nominated for Best Instrumental Album for LongGone. In 1994, the musicians—the original Joshua Redman Quartet—released MoodSwing, an instant classic that helped launch each member’s career as a leader. The members of the quartet reunited for the critically acclaimed album RoundAgain in 2020 and now for a new album, LongGone, featuring original Redman compositions from the RoundAgain recording sessions, plus a live performance of the MoodSwing track “Rejoice,” captured by SFJAZZ at the San Francisco Jazz Festival.
Brad Mehldau has been nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for Jacob’s Ladder. The album features new music that reflects on scripture and the search for God through music inspired by the prog rock he loved as a young adolescent—his gateway to the fusion that eventually led to his discovery of jazz. Featured musicians on the album include label mates Chris Thile and Cécile McLorin Salvant, as well as Mark Guiliana, Becca Stevens, Joel Frahm, and others. Mojo calls it "a kaleidoscopic affair, where baroque prog-rock edifices are juxtaposed with clouds of ethereal choirs, dreamy piano interludes, and squalls of free jazz-style clarinet. Skillfully weaving these elements into storytelling sound collages, Mehldau takes the listener on a memorable musical journey."
Punch Brothers' Hell on Church Street has been nominated as Best Folk Album. The band's reimagining of, and homage to, the late bluegrass great Tony Rice’s landmark solo album Church Street Blues, features an inspired collection of songs by Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Bill Monroe, and others. Recorded in November 2020, Hell on Church Street had been intended as both its own work of art and a gift to Rice, who died later that year. "After we got over the shock of losing our hero and friend," Noam Pikelny says, "we realized what Tony had left with us was his music, his spirit, and his legacy." "We spent a lot of time contemplating what happened when Church Street Blues hit our ears as a band," Chris Thile says: "we held it out, we conversed with it, and now we’re handing it to you.”
Caroline Shaw and Attacca Quartet have been nominated for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for Evergreen. The album is five original works written by Shaw: two suites written for string quartet—Three Essays and The Evergreen, which Shaw describes as an offering to a tree she encountered in an evergreen forest on an island off Vancouver—two pieces written for string quartet and voice, including Other Song, which she also performed on her 2021 album Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part; a piece for string quartet. Also included is an interpretation of a 12th-century French poem for quartet and voice.
Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder have been nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album for GET ON BOARD: The Songs of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee Nearly sixty years after they first played together, Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal, longtime friends and collaborators, reunited with an album of music from two Piedmont blues masters who have inspired them all their lives: GET ON BOARD. With Taj Mahal on vocals, harmonica, guitar, and piano and Cooder on vocals, guitar, mandolin, and banjo—joined by Joachim Cooder on drums and bass—they recorded eleven songs drawn from recordings and live performances by Terry and McGhee. “The music feels intimate and lived in, the sound of two old friends jamming away in a small room," says Rolling Stone. "But because they also want to romp things up, what could have been a tasteful salute becomes a record that’s bristlingly, viscerally alive."
Wilco has been nominated for Best Historical Album for the 20th anniversary Super Deluxe Edition of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, which is also up for Best Album Notes for journalist/author Bob Mehr. The 11-LP Super Deluxe Edition of Wilco’s 2002 Nonesuch debut comprises the original album, remastered for its 20th anniversary in 2022, plus 82 previously unreleased tracks. Includes demos, drafts, and instrumentals, charting the making of the album; a live 2002 concert recording; and a September 2001 radio performance and interview. The box set also includes a new book featuring an interview with Jeff Tweedy, Glenn Kotche, and Jim O’Rourke; an in-depth essay by Mehr; and previously unseen photos of the band making the album in their Chicago studio. On Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, the band delivers a thrillingly experimental work that scored a perfect 10 on Pitchfork, which hailed the album as “complex and dangerously catchy, lyrically sophisticated and provocative, noisy and somehow serene … simply a masterpiece.” Uncut called it “a stone-cold classic.”
Also nominated for Best Album Notes is journalist Fernando González for his essay in Astor Piazzolla: The American Clave Recordings. The box set includes three albums from the great Argentine composer, bandleader, and bandoneón player Astor Piazzolla originally released by American Clavé Records in the 1980s later reissued by Nonesuch. Astor Piazzolla: The American Clavé Recordings marks the first time this landmark trio of albums—Tango: Zero Hour, La Camorra, and The Rough Dancer and the Cyclical Night (Tango Apasionado)—is available as a set, now remastered, and the first time the albums have been available on vinyl since their initial American Clavé release. The set features original and new notes by the albums’ producer and American Clavé founder Kip Hanrahan and an essay from González. Uncut exclaims: "On its own, each album makes a fine introduction to Piazzolla’s music, but together, they comprise a monumental contribution to world music."
Congratulations as well to longtime friend of Nonesuch Records Judith Sherman, who has been nominated as Producer of the Year, Classical.
The 65th Grammy Awards will be broadcast from Los Angeles on CBS and Paramount+ on Sunday, February 5, beginning at 8pm ET. Prior to the telecast The Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony, at which many of the above categories will be announced, will stream live on grammy.com starting at 3:30pm ET. For more information, including a complete list of nominees, visit grammy.com.
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