Our picks for Jazz Album of 2002:
1) Come Away With Me by Norah Jones
2) Largo by Brad Mehldau
3) Speaking of Now by Pat Metheny
4) Footsteps of Our Fathers by Branford Marsalis
5) Freedom Suite by David S Ware
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This must be a joke. Calling Norah Jones jazz is like calling Jimmy Kimmel erudite. Her album is nothing but bland jazz-lite for the Starbucks crowd. Have any of you even heard of Patricia Barber?
This is really lame - norah jones should totally be in the pop category and the others are kind of bland jazz. I wish awards would have a separate category for populist jazz and another for jazz that does feature improvisation in its assembling of the musical text. David Ware is alright.
see, no one listens to or knows real jazz anymore.
so to have two seperate jazz categories would be kind of redundant.