KENNY GARRETT

Post Bop / Fusion / Eclectic Fusion • United States
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Kenny Garrett is a jazz saxophonist. He was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1960. His father was a tenor saxophonist. Kenny's career took off when he joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1978, then led by Duke's son, Mercer Ellington. Three years later he played in the Mel Lewis Orchestra (playing the music of Thad Jones) and also the Dannie Richmond Quartet (focusing on Charles Mingus's music). In 1984 he earned a shot at his first album as a band leader, "Introducing Kenny Garrett". From there, his career has exploded into 11 albums (as a leader) and numerous grammy nominations. During his career Kenny has played with many Jazz greats such as Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders, Brian Blade, Bobby Hutcherson, Ron Carter, Elvin Jones, and Mulgrew Miller. His playing style is best described as incredibly strong while at the same time very melodic. Much read more...
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KENNY GARRETT Introducing Kenny Garrett album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Introducing Kenny Garrett
Post Bop 1985
KENNY GARRETT Kenny Garrett, Ralph Bowen, Harry Pickens, Michael Philip Mossman, Robert Hurst, Ralph Peterson : Out Of The Blue album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kenny Garrett, Ralph Bowen, Harry Pickens, Michael Philip Mossman, Robert Hurst, Ralph Peterson : Out Of The Blue
Post Bop 1985
KENNY GARRETT Garrett 5 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Garrett 5
Post Bop 1989
KENNY GARRETT Prisoner of Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Prisoner of Love
Post Bop 1989
KENNY GARRETT African Exchange Student album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
African Exchange Student
Post Bop 1990
KENNY GARRETT Black Hope album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Black Hope
Post Bop 1992
KENNY GARRETT Triology album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Triology
Post Bop 1995
KENNY GARRETT Pursuance: The Music of John Coltrane album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Pursuance: The Music of John Coltrane
Post Bop 1996
KENNY GARRETT Songbook album cover 4.33 | 3 ratings
Songbook
Post Bop 1997
KENNY GARRETT Old Folks album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Old Folks
Post Bop 1999
KENNY GARRETT Simply Said album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Simply Said
Post Bop 1999
KENNY GARRETT Happy People album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Happy People
Post Bop 2002
KENNY GARRETT Standard of Language album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Standard of Language
Post Bop 2003
KENNY GARRETT Beyond the Wall album cover 4.33 | 3 ratings
Beyond the Wall
Post Bop 2006
KENNY GARRETT Seeds From Underground album cover 4.02 | 3 ratings
Seeds From Underground
Post Bop 2012
KENNY GARRETT Pushing The World Away album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Pushing The World Away
Post Bop 2013
KENNY GARRETT Do Your Dance! album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Do Your Dance!
Eclectic Fusion 2016
KENNY GARRETT Sounds from The Ancestors album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Sounds from The Ancestors
Fusion 2021

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KENNY GARRETT Stars & Stripes / Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stars & Stripes / Live
Post Bop 1994
KENNY GARRETT Sketches of MD: Live at The Iridium feat. Pharoah Sanders album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sketches of MD: Live at The Iridium feat. Pharoah Sanders
Post Bop 2008

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KENNY GARRETT Triology

Album · 1995 · Post Bop
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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"!

KENNY GARRETT Seeds From Underground

Album · 2012 · Post Bop
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“Seeds from the Underground” is the latest offering from saxophone virtuoso Kenny Garret and finds him working with the sort of post bop material typical of his career, but with some new differences as well. The influence of Coltrane and Pharoh Sanders’ modal work runs heavily through Garret’s playing and composing, but at the same time, the music on here is less raw than Trane and Sanders 60s output, but instead has a slight “contemporary” polish. Whether this more modern production is a plus or minus is up to personal taste. When I mention that the production has a contemporary sound, don’t think for a second that the musicians on here hold back at all, Garret’s saxophone playing is as brilliant as ever, and pianist Benito Gonzalez attacks the keys with a big sound influenced by McCoy Tyner, but with a little less thunder and a little more modern refinement than McCoy.

There are a lot of interesting experiments with Latin and Afro-Cuban rhythms on here, aided by the bata and percussion work of Rudy Bird. The combination of Garret’s post bop structures with the poly-rhythms of Cuba and Africa makes for a nice modern sound. There also seems to be a slight influence from the repeating minimalist structures of the nu jazz crowd. Some of the tunes on here are less like energetic workouts, but more like snapshots of sophisticated rhythms bound within tight structures. Another interesting addition to this album is the wordless vocals of Nedelka Prescod which lends an exotic sound to some melodies. On “Haynes” she backs the soloists with a repeating melodic figure that recalls Albert Ayler’s experimental work with vocalists. All through this album Garret tries different musical styles, such as the old-school bop on “Du-Wo-Mo”, but frames everything in his unique musical language which gives the album unity.

Some album highlights include the beautiful lonely melody on “Detroit”, which perfectly captures the pathos of that mostly abandoned once bustling American industrial center; and “J.Mac”, a lengthy modal workout which allows Garret and Gonzalez a chance to really go off. This is a good album and it will appeal to fans of Garret and modern post bop, but I think for new fans, possibly a better place to start with Garret is his high energy live concert with Pharoh Sanders, "Sketches of M.D.", recorded in 2008.

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