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KC conductor Bruffy hauls in more Grammy nominations

Make that four more Grammy nominations for Kansas City choral conductor Charles Bruffy.

Bruffy, musical director of the Kansas City Symphony Chorus as well as the Kansas City Chorale and the Phoenix Chorale, last year landed five Grammy nominations for a recording of Russian liturgical music, and in February scored a winner for best engineering of a classical album.

In Grammy nominations announced Wednesday night, Bruffy earned three nominations for two recordings.

“Spotless Rose: Hymns to the Virgin Mary,” Bruffy’s disc with the Phoenix choir, released on the Chandos label in September, was nominated for best classical album and best small ensemble performance.

In the album category, Bruffy’s competition includes such A-list names as Cecilia Bartoli, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the likes of Patti- Lupone and Audra McDonald in a recording of Kurt Weill’s “Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.”

Bruffy’s third nomination, for best choral performance, came for his direction of the Kansas City and Phoenix choruses in “Rheinberger: Sacred Choral Works,” released late last year, also on Chandos. Among others nominated in the category were choirs from London, Warsaw and Berlin.

In jazz categories, former Kansas Citian Karrin Allyson’s latest album, “Imagina: Songs Of Brasil,” is a nominee for best jazz vocal album. And Lee’s Summit native Pat Metheny landed three nominations, two for “Day Trip,” the guitarist’s trio album with Christian McBride and Antonio Sanchez.

In addition, a newly packaged collection of records by onetime Kansas City jazz heroes, Lester Young and Count Basie, was nominated for best historical recording. The 4-disc, boxed and limited-edition collection, from Mosaic Records, includes recordings from 1936 to 1940.

Steve Paul, senior writer and editor, 816-234-4762, paul@kcstar.com

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