Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Where are the Grammies of yesteryear?

‪In 1976, Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Tormé presented the Grammy‬ for best jazz album (do they even televise that anymore?). With just a podium mike, the two of them take a few precious minutes to school the entire enthralled crowd in the essence of jazz improvisation.
Recommended listening: Love Letters from Ella and Mel Tormé and the Marty Paich Dek-Tette: In the Studio and in Concert.
Manhattan Transfer paid homage to Ella at the 1983 Grammies by harmonizing on one of her signature songs —also with no big hoopla or production pizzazz. Just blissfully straight, unadulterated song.

Do you have any bygone moments of Grammy greatness to share?

8 comments:

  1. hmmm is there supposed to be a video? Unfortunately my computer is not allowing me to see it;( bummer.

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    1. what a bummer. I will also embed youtube links from now on as a backup. What kind of browser are you using?

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    2. I'm using Firefox, tried to open it in internet explorer, but still no luck.

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    3. http://youtu.be/LBBj4df1c-o
      That's the mel & ella link.

      http://youtu.be/JyARr0cefMM
      ella & manhattan transfer

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  2. There have been soooo many great moments. I'm always drawn to the oddities, the oddballs and the downright strange. I think Radiohead performing with the USC Marching Band in 2007 was my favorite!

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  3. That first clip is marvelous — talk about going from 0 (chatting) to 60 (scatting) in just a few seconds. Also hilarious at the end, when Mel Torme mentions 'Chuck' Corea, and then the announcer says that Willie Nelson will be accepting the award, when it's really drummer Louie Bellson. Anyone who can't distinguish between those two probably shouldn't be working a music awards show.

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    1. Well said .... I did laugh too at the "Chuck" thing. What a great lineup of artists that year too Coltrane, Basie, et al.

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