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Album · 1995

Filed under Post Bop
By KENNY GARRETT

Tracklist

1. Delfeayo' Dilemma (5:41)
2. Night and Day (6:56)
3. Giant Steps (4:51)
4. A Time for Love (6:32)
5. Wayne's Thang (6:50)
6. Pressing the Issue (6:21)
7. Koranne said (4:33)
8. Oriental Towaway Zone (6:11)
9. In Your Own Sweet Way (5:49)
10. What Is This Thing Called Love (3:37)

Total Time: 57:25

Line-up/Musicians

Alto Saxophone – Kenny Garrett
Bass – Charnett Moffett (tracks: 2, 4, 7), Kiyoshi Kitagawa (tracks: 1, 3, 5, 6, 8 to 10)
Drums – Brian Blade

About this release

Warner Bros. Records – 9 45731-2 (US)

Recorded at The Power Station, New York, NY

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Steve Wyzard
EXHILARATING!

1995 was a banner year for jazz, and Kenny Garrett's Triology album remains one of the most memorable and re-listenable after all these years. His seventh studio album, Triology does without the melodic "oomph" of keyboards, guitar, or another horn. It's just Kenny on the alto, Kiyoshi Kitagawa (7 tracks) and Charnett Moffett (3 tracks) on bass, and the magisterial Brian Blade on drums. Many listeners dismiss sax trio albums as "dry", "tiring", or "too serious", but those adjectives come nowhere near to describing these recordings. There are no weak links and no showing off, nor is there any hint of "hushed reverence". Triology is the work of a true virtuoso who knows who he is, and where he wants to go.

Let's talk about TONE. Garrett's very unique alto may remind one of the soprano sax from time to time, but it never dissipates into that wispy Paul Desmond sound (and I mean that with NO disrespect). There are no solo pieces on Triology, yet only rarely does Garrett take a breather throughout. Give Kenny credit for not starting with something simple: "Delfeayo's Dilemma" is a barnstormer with the "almost soprano" tone front and center. The pace hardly slackens throughout: "Night and Day", "Giant Steps", and "Pressing the Issue" would all fit comfortably on the "snappy-to-fast" spectrum. "Oriental Towaway Zone" (with a formidable Kitagawa solo) and "What is this thing called love?" could both be described as "blistering". After a Brian Blade intro, Garrett spools off line after line over a bass ostinato on "Wayne's Thang" before teasing with not one, but two false endings. The trio does (relatively) slow down for "A Time for Love" and "In Your Own Sweet Way".

When discussing the alto sax, people always want to compare and contrast with players such as Cannonball Adderley, Marion Brown, Lee Konitz, and Art Pepper. And as great as those players are, Kenny Garrett remains his own man, respectfully paying tribute to the past while forging ahead to the future. It was a great temptation to title this review "Honkin'", that wonderful quality which can certainly be found amidst Triology's 57 minute run time, but that would not do this command performance justice. This album never ceases to amaze me and is far less "tiring" than plain and simply "exhilarating"!

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