Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album

The Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album is an award that was first presented in 1959.

Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Awarded forquality instrumental jazz albums
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1959
Currently held byChick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade, Trilogy 2 (2021)



From 1959 to 2011, the Award was called Best Instrumental Jazz Album, Individual or Group. In 2012, it was shortened to Best Jazz Instrumental Album, encompassing albums that previously fell under the categories Best Contemporary Jazz Album and Best Latin Jazz Album (both defunct as of 2012).[1] A year later, the Best Latin Jazz Album category returned, disallowing albums in that category to be nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Album.

Years listed indicate the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year. Before 1962 and from 1972 to 1978, the award title did not specify instrumental performances and was presented for instrumental or vocal performances. The award has had several name changes.

Name changes

  • 1959–1960: Best Jazz Performance, Group
  • 1961: Best Jazz Performance Solo or Small Group
  • 1962–1963: Best Jazz Performance Solo or Small Group (Instrumental)
  • 1964: Best Instrumental Jazz Performance – Soloist or Small Group
  • 1965–1966: Best Instrumental Jazz Performance – Small Group or Soloist
  • 1967: Best Instrumental Jazz Performance – Group or Soloist with Group
  • 1968–1971: Best Instrumental Jazz Performance, Small Group or Soloist with Small Group
  • 1972–1978: Best Jazz Performance by a Group
  • 1979–1992: Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group
  • 1993–2000: Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual or Group
  • 2001–2011: Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group


2021: Chick Corea (posthumous), Christian McBride & Brian Blade - Trilogy 2 (winner)

2020: Brad Mehldau - Finding Gabriel (winner)

2019: Wayne Shorter Quartet - Emanon (winner)

2018: Billy Childs, Rebirth (winner)

2017: John Scofield, Country for Old Men (winner)

2016: John Scofield, Past Present (winner)

Winners 1959–2015

Year Performer Album
1959 Count Basie Basie
1960 Jonah Jones I Dig Chicks
1961 André Previn West Side Story
1962 André Previn André Previn Plays Songs by Harold Arlen
1963 Stan Getz Desafinado
1964 Bill Evans Conversations with Myself
1965 Stan Getz Getz/Gilberto
1966 Ramsey Lewis The In Crowd
1967 Wes Montgomery Goin' Out of My Head
1968 Cannonball Adderley Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! Live at 'The Club'
1969 Bill Evans Bill Evans at the Montreux Jazz Festival
1970 Wes Montgomery Willow Weep for Me
1971 Bill Evans Alone
1972 Bill Evans The Bill Evans Album
1973 Freddie Hubbard First Light
1974 Supersax Supersax Plays Bird
1975 Joe Pass, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Oscar Peterson The Trio
1976 Chick Corea & Return to Forever No Mystery
1977 Chick Corea The Leprechaun
1978 Phil Woods The Phil Woods Six – Live from the Showboat
1979 Chick Corea Friends
1980 Chick Corea & Gary Burton Duet
1981 Bill Evans We Will Meet Again
1982 Chick Corea & Gary Burton Chick Corea & Gary Burton in Concert - Zurich, October 28, 1979
1983 Phil Woods "More" Live
1984 Phil Woods At the Vanguard
1985 Art Blakey New York Scene
1986 Wynton Marsalis Black Codes (From the Underground)
1987 Wynton Marsalis J Mood
1988 Wynton Marsalis Marsalis Standard Time, Vol. I
1989 Roy Haynes, Cecil McBee, David Murray, Pharoah Sanders, McCoy Tyner Blues for Coltrane: A Tribute to John Coltrane
1990 Chick Corea Chick Corea Akoustic Band
1991 Oscar Peterson Live at the Blue Note
1992 Oscar Peterson Saturday Night at the Blue Note
1993 Branford Marsalis I Heard You Twice the First Time
1994 Joe Henderson So Near, So Far (Musings for Miles)
1995 Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Wallace Roney, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams A Tribute to Miles
1996 McCoy Tyner Trio & Michael Brecker Infinity
1997 Michael Brecker Tales from the Hudson
1998 Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny Beyond the Missouri Sky (Short Stories)
1999 Herbie Hancock Gershwin's World
2000 Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Roy Haynes, Dave Holland, Pat Metheny Like Minds
2001 Branford Marsalis Contemporary Jazz
2002 Sonny Rollins This Is What I Do
2003 Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove Directions in Music: Live at Massey Hall
2004 Wayne Shorter Alegría
2005 McCoy Tyner Illuminations
2006 Wayne Shorter Beyond the Sound Barrier
2007 Chick Corea The Ultimate Adventure
2008 Michael Brecker Pilgrimage
2009 Chick Corea & Gary Burton The New Crystal Silence
2010 Chick Corea & John McLaughlin Five Peace Band Live
2011 James Moody Moody 4B
2012 Corea, Clarke & White Forever
2013 Pat Metheny Unity Band
2014 Terri Lyne Carrington Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue
2015 Chick Corea Trilogy

See also



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