Bass players well represented at the Grammys

Bass players well represented at the Grammys

Edgar Meyer, Stanley Clarke among list of winners, nominees

By Jon Liebman
February 9, 2015

We still think it’s cool how Esperanza Spalding walked away with the “Best New Artist” Grammy back in 2011, sticking it to the Justin Bieber faithful. (Very cool, in fact!)

This year, the Grammys had their fair share of bass players up for awards, most notably, Edgar Meyer, whose Bass & Mandolin collaboration with Chris Thile earned the “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album” and “Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical” distinctions.  Bass & Mandolin’s “Tarnation” won the “Best Instrumental Composition” award, as well.

Also up for the “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album” was FBPO’s good friend Nathan East for his self-titled debut release, but alas, there can only be one “winner.”

Other nominees in the “Best Instrumental Composition” category included Stanley Clarke’s “Last Train to Sanity” from the album Up and Rufus Reid’s “Recognition” from Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project, the latter of which was also nominated for “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album,” as was The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra’s The L.A. Treasures Project.

Christian McBride contributed mightily to the Chick Corea Trio’s Trilogy, garnering Corea another Grammy for his collection.

The Grammy for “Best Recording Package” went to Jeff Ament and Pearl Jam for Lightning Bolt.

Also worth noting is Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” which was nominated for “Record of the Year.”

FBPO congratulates all of this year’s Grammy winners and nominees.

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Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer: Bass & Mandolin

Nathan East’s debut solo album receives Grammy nomination

The Stanley Clarke Band: Up

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