Former Temple University professor Bill Cunliffe, who won his first Grammy this year for his arrangement of "West Side Story Medley" from an Oscar Peterson tribute album, will be back in the running when the Recording Academy gives out its golden gramophones in Los Angeles on Feb. 13.
This time, Cunliffe is nominated in the Best Instrumental Composition category for a piece called "fourth stream . . . La Banda" that was commissioned by Temple's Boyer College of Music and Dance.
Directed by Luis Biava, with Terell Stafford on trumpet, it was performed by the Temple University Symphony Orchestra at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall in March 2010 and at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York in April.
The school's BCM&D Records put out the recording. You can get it on iTunes. Cunliffe explains that he calls the music "fourth stream" because "third stream" means jazz plus classical, and to him, "fourth stream" means "jazz plus classical plus world Latin percussion."
- Dan DeLuca