46: How to get nominated for a Grammy
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What does it take to win a Grammy? Is it commercial success? Innovation? Timing? I have no idea.
In this episode – a series of conversation excerpts taken from Third Story Season One guests, all of who contributed to Grammy Nominated projects this year – we hear about the personal and creative choices people make, and how that affects the outcome of their work.
Arranger Rob Mounsey talks at length about his arranging process for James Taylor’s “Before This World” album, seeing colors in music, and the importance of not sitting down for too long.
Producer-Arranger Michael Leonhart talks about overcoming obstacles in his trumpet playing and learning to lean into his strengths as an arranger. He produced Karrin Allyson’s “Many A New Day” album.
Drummer Bill Stewart talks about his 25 year musical relationship with guitarist John Scofield, whose Grammy Nominated album “Past Preset” features Stewart on drums.
And singer-songwriter Alex Cuba talks about redefining Latin music from a small town in British Columbia. His most recent album “Healer” is nominated this year as well.
Along the way we also hear from composer Maria Schneider, engineer Al Schmitt, keyboard player Larry Goldings and engineer James Farber about their approach to recording and the business of music.