Grammy Goof: New Age and Polka Dots

I skipped watching the Grammys Sunday night to catch a live performance by Jon Hassell that took a deep diving expedition guided by fourth world semaphores and jazz signposts.  (See earlier blog.)

Peace Time

But after I got home, as I booted up my DVR to catch the awards show, I opened an email from Will Ackerman with the news that Jack DeJohnette had taken the New Age Grammy.  It’s a crime that this amazing drummer has never won a jazz Grammy for any of the extraordinary albums he’s authored over the last 40 years or so.  But it’s a sad day that when he finally wins, it’s for a generic New Age album that would’ve been cliched 30 years ago.  DeJohnette getting this award is akin to Jethro Tull getting the heavy metal Grammy in 1988 for Crest of a Knave and Yusef Lateef for getting the New Age Grammy in 1987 for his hackneyed Little Symphony, an album which will be joined by DeJohnette’s Peace Time in the dustbin of forgotten Grammy Award winners.  One would hope that the New Age category may get a bit more respect when a musician of this caliber wins, but not for this album. As a member of the Academy, my regrets to Peter Kater, Will Ackerman, Will Clipman and Ottmar Liebert, all of whom released superior albums.

Random Observations:
Brian Eno, all he does is win Grammys for other bands.  I don’t believe Coldplay even mentioned him in any of their three award speeches.

Steve Wonder playing with the overwrought boy band, The Jonas Brothers:  They can only hope to have a fraction of his genius.

Carrie Underwood had me thinking that there’s no difference between modern country and mainstream rock, but then Kenny Chesney came on, plunging deep into a soulful country vein, complete with cowboy hat, to remind me that there is.

When is Herbie Hancock going to start looking his age?

Why is it that whenever a rap artist came on to perform with a pop singer the song turned to crap.   Jay-Z rapping  on Coldplay’s “Lost?”   Does everything t have to have a rap component or is that just me?

Rappers also detracted from the sightof  M.I.A.’s polka dot leotard bikini over her 9 months and calling very pregnant belly.

How many awards given in a 3.5 hour broadcast? 10  That’s one award every 18 minutes.

Winners at

John Diliberto ((( echoes )))

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