Yo-Yo Ma, Chucho Vald_s Among Winners at Latin Grammys

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Pianist Chucho Vald_s, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and the Orquestra Simf‹nica de Barcelona (OSB) were among the winners at the fifth Latin Grammy Awards, held last night in Los Angeles.

The OSB, honored for an orchestral setting of Bizet's Carmen (Bis Music) arranged by conductor Jos_ Serebrier, shared the best classical album award with Jobim Sinfêänico (Biscoito Fino), a collection of Antonio Carlos Jobim compositions adapted for orchestra by Jobim's son Paulo and composer Mario Adnet and featuring conductor Roberto Minczuk and the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra.

Vald_s won the best Latin jazz album award for New Conceptions (Blue Note), a mix of standard and orginals. Vald_s, who helped found the Cuban supergroup Irakere in the 1970s, augmented his quartet with guests including Irakere saxophonist Irving Luichel Acao Tierra.

Ma won best instrumental album for Obrigado Brazil: Live in Concert (Sony Classical), a follow-up to his 2003 Obrigado Brazil that was recorded at Carnegie Hall's new Zankel Hall. Like its predecessor, Live mixes classical music with samba, tango, and other Brazilian forms. The all-star lineup includes percussionist Cryo Baptista, the guitar-playing Assad brothers, and clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera, the Irakere alumnus who won in both the jazz and classical categories at the 2003 awards.

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