Time Magazine praised Stanley, Chick Corea and Kenny Garrett, while critiquing the Grammys’ short tribute to jazz piano master Dave Brubeck, in which the trio performed, saying, “Forty-five seconds is not nearly enough time when you have this much talent on stage playing tribute to jazz great Dave Brubeck. While it’s clear that the bulk of the Grammys audience is not jazz fans, less than a minute out of a three-hour show is insulting.” While giving an “F” for the time allotted, the magazine gave an A+ to performance of the trio of Clarke, Corea and Garrett in their review of the entire program.
Stanley was more benevolent in his assessment saying, “I’m happy the Grammy Awards decided to include real jazz as a part of this year’s televised broadcast. It was an honor to be asked to participate. Actually, I can’t remember the last time jazz was featured on the primetime awards show. I’ve always found this odd, since jazz is one of our authentic American musical art forms.”