A Grammy Winning Playlist

Earlier I posted a few highlights of some great Grammy nominees. Now that I've had a chance to work through the copious winners' list, I've discovered a lot more music that I want to share.

Here are five of my favorite 2016 Grammy winning albums. Check them out.

Jason Isbell

Jason won two 2016 Grammy Awards. His wins were for Best American Roots Song for "24 Frames" and Best Americana Album for Something More Than Free.

Jason Isbell, a singer songwriter who was originally part of the band Drive-By Truckers, has been attracting laudatory notices for his solo career. His work is both intensely personal and pulls strongly from his northern Alabama roots making for a unique listening experience. He crafts music that is very contemporary and yet has a timeless appeal.  He has documented some of the ways he creates his music.

Angélique Kidjo

Angélique won her third Best World Music Album Grammy Award for Sings.

Angélique Kidjo, who was born in the West African country of Benin, shows off her diverse musical influences in this album, which she completed in collaboration with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxembourg. She uses the collaboration to create an exciting fusion between Eureopean classical music and African music. The result is an album full of unexpected parallels and diversions, an album that allows us to listen in a new way to Kidjo's incredible voice.

Morgan Heritage

Morgan Heritage won the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album for Strictly Roots.

Morgan Heritage is a reggae group formed in 1994 by the children of reggae artist Denroy Morgan. The group has a reputation for performing reggae in a classic style. Strictly Roots is the first album released on their own independent label, CTBC (Cool to be Conscious), and even more than their earlier work focuses very much on Jamaican culture and spiritual themes. It also showcases the band's focused harmonies and almost effortless musical give and take between singers.

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Cécile won the 2016 Best Jazz Vocal Album Award for For One to Love

Cécile McLoren Salvant is one of the youngest and most accomplished jazz vocalists coming up in the field. The Grammy Award is just the latest award in a career that has already included a win in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and four wins in Down Beat Critics Poll for Jazz musicians. Her light and spare touch with melody and exquisite swinging of the rhythm make all her music sound new and fresh. She is also backed by some of the best jazz musicians working today. Her take on Burt Bacharach's 1963 "Wives and Lovers" shows off her ability to transform a song through her vocals.

Andris Nelsons

Andris won the 2016 Best Orchestral Performance Grammy for Shostakovich: Under Stalin's Shadow.

Andris Nelsons is the musical director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Although born in Latvia, he was trained as a conductor in St. Petersberg, Russia, and started guest conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2011. Nelson's background leads him to identify with the struggles of composer Shostakovich and lends to the power of his interpretation of his music in this album.

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Such beautiful music! I love the huge music ollection your library has! Thanks for supporting all kinds of music.
4/11/2016 3:41:13 AM

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