Monday, February 1, 2010

Buckwheat Zydeco, Terence Blanchard & New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Win Grammys

Buckwheat Zydeco Wins Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album -- Grammys 2010

Buckwheat Zydeco's first studio album post Hurricane Katrina was, by all accounts, a masterpiece. Featuring five original compositions and several other Buckwheat-ified cover songs, 'Lay Your Burden Down' touched a particularly tender nerve with a region and a city seeking renewal, hope--and, most of all, joy. Buckwheat Zydeco's been the hottest zydeco act for a few years now. And with the Grammy award for Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album, Buckwheat's musical legacy seems to be safer than ever.

Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra won the Grammy for Best Large Ensemble Jazz Album for Book One.

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Fellow New Orleans trumpeter Terence Blanchard, a Grammy veteran, won a gold Gramophone in the best improvised solo category. He was honored for his work on “Dancin’ 4 Chicken,” a track on drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts’ 2009 album “Watts.”

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