The 2015 Latin Grammy awards are coming up, and there are 3 albums that I have no idea how they missed Latin Grammy nominations. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are nominated for the Grammy’s in February 2016.
Juan Gabriel “Los Duo”
“El Divo” did come up with an extensive album that truly celebrates one of the best careers of a singer-songwriter in Latin music. Doing it in duets of his greatest hits was quite a feat. And the music of the big band he used in the album was amazing. When you consider that he sang duets with the who’s who in Latin music (including Juanes, Natalia Lafourcade, Marco Antonio Solis, Isabel Pantoja, David Brisbal, Luis Fonsi, Natalia Jimenez, Alejandra Guzman, and others), I can’t see how he missed a Latin Grammy nomination!
Miguel Zenon “Identities are Changeable”
The Puerto Rican jazz sax wizard once again flexed his creative muscle and produced an unprecedented album. A mix of a documentary with a big band jazz orchestration, Miguel pulled off an extraordinary look at the experience of 2nd and 3rd generation immigrants in the United States, focusing on the experience of Nuyoricans (New Yorkers from Puerto Rican descent). The music of his quartet, which he combined with a big band jazz orchestra, and the interviews and stories told in the forefront of the music, make this a superb album, way out of the ordinary. Because of all of that, it is well deserving of a Latin Grammy nomination.
Chucho Valdes, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Michel Camilo “Playing Lecuona”
C’mon man! Just having these three pianist virtuosos in the same album deserves a Latin Grammy nomination. Then add the concept of playing the music of legendary Cuban composer (and also pianist) Ernesto Lecuona, in a piano jazz trio format, and it makes this a must have for any jazz enthusiast. ‘Nough said!
No Latin Grammy Award, No Problem!
The Latin Grammy and Grammy nomination process is not a perfect, and I don’t expect it to be. But I have to mention these albums that have Grammy grade music but were missed in this year’s Latin Grammy nomination process.
I suggest you consider these 3 albums, along the great Latin Grammy nominated albums when considering your next purchases of Latin music. Perhaps you will see them nominated for 2016 Grammy awards!