Pat Donaher has some interesting thoughts on the whole thing and lately, I have been pretty ambivalent about the awards. Don't blink or you'll miss the whole of the jazz, classical, and spoken word awards. I also have increasing problems with the word "Best". I say this out of total ignorance but really, what is the criteria that one can use to make an intelligent decision about whether Brecker of Lovano had the "better" or "Best" solo. No disrespect to Michael's record or memory. Pilgrimage is an amazing project with wonderfully artistic playing from all involved, but Kids is no less beautiful. Thankfully, most people I know that share my love for this music don't buy into this type of rank-ordering. But I digress...
Herbie won Album of the Year. I really like the Joni project and I am truly happy that Herbie got this award. It is deserved several times over as Herbie has always followed his own aesthetic without fear. I have to admit though, I have mixed feelings. I am thrilled that Herbie and this project has gotten the recognition it deserves. But I can't help feeling like...well I don't know. I think the closest feeling I can relate it to is the awkward silence that follows small talk in a group of people that have nothing in common.
I guess I have a problem with award shows. I know what I think the best recordings, movies, plays, etc were this past year, but that list applies only to me. I think the general population might have a better aesthetic sense if they were to develop their own lists that aren't based on an award show or ad campaign.