KENNY BARRON

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Kenny Barron (born June 9, 1943 in Philadelphia), is a United States jazz pianist. He is the younger brother of tenor saxophonist Bill Barron. His talent first came to wider recognition when he took the piano chair in the 1960s Dizzy Gillespie quartet. He has gone on to work with hundreds of well-known musicians including Yusef Lateef, James Moody, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Buddy Rich, Ron Carter, Chet Baker, Benny Carter, Stan Getz, Regina Carter and Ornette Coleman. He also co-led the group Sphere and has led his own groups for performances and recordings.

He has been nominated nine times for Grammy Awards and for the American Jazz Hall of Fame.

For over 25 years, Barron taught piano and keyboard harmony at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He has been honored by the National Endowment of the Arts as a Jazz Master. (2009)

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KENNY BARRON Sunset to Dawn album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sunset to Dawn
Hard Bop 1973
KENNY BARRON Peruvian Blue album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Peruvian Blue
Hard Bop 1974
KENNY BARRON Lucifer album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lucifer
Fusion 1975
KENNY BARRON Innocence album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Innocence
Hard Bop 1978
KENNY BARRON Golden Lotus album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Golden Lotus
Fusion 1982
KENNY BARRON At the Piano album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
At the Piano
Hard Bop 1982
KENNY BARRON Spiral album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spiral
Hard Bop 1982
KENNY BARRON Green Chimneys album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Green Chimneys
Hard Bop 1984
KENNY BARRON Scratch album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Scratch
Hard Bop 1985
KENNY BARRON Autumn In New York (aka New York Attitude) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Autumn In New York (aka New York Attitude)
Hard Bop 1985
KENNY BARRON Landscape album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Landscape
Hard Bop 1985
KENNY BARRON What If? album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
What If?
Hard Bop 1986
KENNY BARRON 1 + 1 + 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
1 + 1 + 1
Hard Bop 1986
KENNY BARRON And Then Again album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
And Then Again
Hard Bop 1987
KENNY BARRON The Only One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Only One
Hard Bop 1990
KENNY BARRON Invitation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Invitation
Hard Bop 1991
KENNY BARRON Kenny Barron Quintet ‎: Quickstep album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kenny Barron Quintet ‎: Quickstep
Hard Bop 1991
KENNY BARRON Kenny Barron & Joe Locke : But Beautiful album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kenny Barron & Joe Locke : But Beautiful
Hard Bop 1991
KENNY BARRON Lemuria-Seascape album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lemuria-Seascape
Hard Bop 1991
KENNY BARRON Sambao album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sambao
Hard Bop 1992
KENNY BARRON Other Places album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Other Places
Hard Bop 1993
KENNY BARRON Wanton Spirit album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wanton Spirit
Hard Bop 1994
KENNY BARRON The Moment album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Moment
Hard Bop 1994
KENNY BARRON Kenny Barron, Mino Cinelu : Swamp Sally album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kenny Barron, Mino Cinelu : Swamp Sally
Hard Bop 1996
KENNY BARRON Things Unseen album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Things Unseen
Hard Bop 1997
KENNY BARRON Spirit Song album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spirit Song
Hard Bop 2000
KENNY BARRON Freefall  (with Regina Carter) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Freefall (with Regina Carter)
Post Bop 2001
KENNY BARRON Canta Brasil album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Canta Brasil
Hard Bop 2002
KENNY BARRON A Table for Two album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Table for Two
Hard Bop 2004
KENNY BARRON Kenny Barron Super Trio: Super Standard album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kenny Barron Super Trio: Super Standard
Hard Bop 2004
KENNY BARRON Kenny Barron Quintet ‎: Images album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kenny Barron Quintet ‎: Images
Hard Bop 2004
KENNY BARRON The Traveler album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Traveler
Vocal Jazz 2008
KENNY BARRON Minor Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Minor Blues
Hard Bop 2010
KENNY BARRON Kenny Barron & The Brazilian Knights album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Kenny Barron & The Brazilian Knights
Latin Jazz 2013
KENNY BARRON Kenny Barron Solo Piano : Beautiful Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kenny Barron Solo Piano : Beautiful Love
Hard Bop 2013
KENNY BARRON Kenny Barron Solo Piano : My Funny Valentine album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kenny Barron Solo Piano : My Funny Valentine
Hard Bop 2013
KENNY BARRON Dave Holland & Kenny Barron : The Art of Conversation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dave Holland & Kenny Barron : The Art of Conversation
Hard Bop 2014
KENNY BARRON Kenny Barron & Mark Sherman : Interplay album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kenny Barron & Mark Sherman : Interplay
Post Bop 2015
KENNY BARRON Flight Path album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Flight Path
Hard Bop 2015
KENNY BARRON Book Of Intuition album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Book Of Intuition
Hard Bop 2016
KENNY BARRON Kenny Barron Quintet : Concentric Circles album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kenny Barron Quintet : Concentric Circles
Hard Bop 2018
KENNY BARRON Kenny Barron Dave Holland Trio featuring Johnathan Blake : Without Deception album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kenny Barron Dave Holland Trio featuring Johnathan Blake : Without Deception
Hard Bop 2020

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KENNY BARRON live albums

KENNY BARRON Kenny Barron /  Ted Dunbar : In Tandem album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kenny Barron / Ted Dunbar : In Tandem
Hard Bop 1980
KENNY BARRON IMO Live (aka Live) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
IMO Live (aka Live)
Latin Jazz 1983
KENNY BARRON Two As One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Two As One
Hard Bop 1986
KENNY BARRON Kenny Barron & Buster Williams ‎: Two As One - Live At Umbria Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kenny Barron & Buster Williams ‎: Two As One - Live At Umbria Jazz
Hard Bop 1987
KENNY BARRON Live at Fat Tuesdays album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Fat Tuesdays
Hard Bop 1988
KENNY BARRON Rhythm-A-Ning album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rhythm-A-Ning
Hard Bop 1990
KENNY BARRON Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Volume Ten album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Volume Ten
Hard Bop 1991
KENNY BARRON The Jet All Star Quartet : Live At Jazz en Tête album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Jet All Star Quartet : Live At Jazz en Tête
Hard Bop 1997
KENNY BARRON Kenny Barron With Peter Ind & Mark Taylor : The Artistry Of Kenny Barron album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kenny Barron With Peter Ind & Mark Taylor : The Artistry Of Kenny Barron
Hard Bop 1998
KENNY BARRON Live at Bradley's album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Bradley's
Hard Bop 2001
KENNY BARRON The Perfect Set: Live At Bradley's II album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Perfect Set: Live At Bradley's II
Hard Bop 2005
KENNY BARRON Kenny Barron & Mulgrew Miller : The Art of Piano Duo Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kenny Barron & Mulgrew Miller : The Art of Piano Duo Live
Post Bop 2019

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KENNY BARRON re-issues & compilations

KENNY BARRON Soft Spoken Here : Sunset To Dawn/Golden Lotus album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soft Spoken Here : Sunset To Dawn/Golden Lotus
Hard Bop 1997
KENNY BARRON First Half Highlights album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
First Half Highlights
Hard Bop 1997
KENNY BARRON Sunset album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sunset
Hard Bop 1999
KENNY BARRON Third Eye album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Third Eye
Hard Bop 2000
KENNY BARRON Confirmation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Confirmation
Hard Bop 2003
KENNY BARRON The Scene Is Clean album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Scene Is Clean
Hard Bop 2019

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KENNY BARRON Book Of Intuition

Album · 2016 · Hard Bop
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What an album name! A mysterious title like "Book of Intuition" didn't fail to catch my eye. The album cover is pretty cool too.

According to the linear notes, Kenny Barron has been playing with this trio for the last several years but hasn't made a studio recording with them until now. Now I personally haven't listened to Kenny Barron's other groups so my expectations were pretty open.

Regarding the lineup, one thing I struck by was the amount of intensity in the drummer Jonathan Blake. He didn't play particularly loud or in the way, but managed to add a lot of energy to Kenny Barron's playing. "Cook's Bay" has a memorable moment where Kenny plays a short lick with both hands two octaves apart, giving it a distinct samba-type sound. Blake responds to it immediately with a samba-type fill.

Most of the tunes on the album are Kenny Barron originals. The others are two Thelonious Monk tunes (Shuffle Boil, Light Blue) and a ballad by Charlie Haden (Nightfall). Although I have enjoyed Kenny Barron play Monk tunes in the past (he's quite good at imitating him), I found these to be among the weaker ones on the album. Kenny's own tunes, such as "Magic Dance," "Cook's Bay," or "Lunacy" are filled with a lot of fun harmonic colors that give this album a nice taste. "Cook's Bay" in particular is my favorite track on the album.

Kenny Barron is a fantastic soloist, but I couldn't help but feel like many of his solos had too many long lines. There comes a point in his solos when it sounds like an idea would need to end, but would keep on going like a run-on sentence. I don't want to overly critique Kenny Barron, but it makes the listening experience less accessible.

Overall, "Book of Intuition" is a fun album. Kenny Barron and his trio offer the modern jazz world a nice album that gives original sounds within a more traditional vocabulary.

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