Monday, February 09, 2009
Best Surround Sound
I don't watch the show, never even heard most of the music nominated in the popular categories. I had only a few horses in the lesser races. Alan Pasqua for Jazz Instrumental Album Solo or Group; Judith Sherman for Classical Producer of the Year; former Kronos Quartet cellist Joan Jeanrenaud for Classical Instrumental Soloist (without orchestra) for a genuinely "alternative" album. They all lost. I knew Pasqua slightly back in Roselle Park, lived around the corner, you knew of everyone in that town, talented pianist as a kid. He's had a long, distinguished career as a leader & sideman, a versatile, open-minded musician.
In my musical universe, a band that's been around for 15 years & sells platinum is not "alternative." Alternative to what? The Grammys suck. This is not a recent thing; they've always sucked.