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Kenny Garrett Quartet: Denver, CO, May 4, 2012

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Kenny Garrett Quartet Soiled Dove Underground Denver, CO May 4, 2012The last couple times Kenny Garrett came through Denver, he was a sideman. In 2010 he toured with Chick Corea's Freedom Band that also featured Christian McBride on bass and 85-year-old Roy Haynes on drums. The year before, Garrett was a member of the Five Peace Band which also featured Corea and McBride, along with John McLaughlin on guitar and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums. His role in both bands was to play the head or theme of the tune with the rest of the band, ...

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Kenny Garrett: Seeds From The Underground

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Kenny Garrett is one of the most respected and frequently imitated saxophonists in the jazz world, but he might not have reached his full potential if not for those who guided him and showed him the way. While some musicians try to rewrite history when they make it big, turning their backs on the nurturing forces and influential individuals that kept them on the righteous path, Garrett doesn't fall into that category. He gives credit where credit is due, and Seeds From The Underground is the proof.Garrett wrote ten musical “thank you" notes for this project, which honors ...

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Kenny Garrett: Back To The Future

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Detroit's Kenny Garrett is a restless man. Before he'd even released his 2006 Nonesuch album Beyond The Wall, he'd already moved on to a different band with a completely different repertoire. And it's always been like that for Garrett, who is constantly searching for new territory to mine and new corners of the world--both geographical and musical--to explore. For his album Sketches of MD (Mack Avenue, 2008), Garrett is invoking the spirit of his former boss, trumpeter Miles Davis. The music on the CD combines sonic ideas from several of Davis's former sidemen, including Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock ...

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Kenny Garrett: Sketches of MD: Live at The Iridium

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Kenny Garrett continues his relationship with tenor legend Pharoah Sanders from Beyond the Wall (Nonesuch, 2006), but ditches some of the gravitas for Sketches of MD: Live at the Iridium. An album of unabashed blowing and multiplicity of stylistic references, it's the closest Garrett has come to his seminal Standard of Language (Warner Bros., 2003). Were it not for one misstep, it would be the closest thing to perfect that Garrett has released. “The Ring" kicks the album off in fine modal form, pianist Benito Gonzalez combining McCoy Tyner's block chords with a lighter touch, as first Garrett ...

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Kenny Garrett: Sketches of MD: Live at The Iridium

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Kenny Garrett continues his mélange of modal exploration with Sketches of MD: Live at The Iridium. The recording is a sequel to Beyond the Wall, Garrett’s early collaboration with Pharoah Sanders, and is a snapshot of his progression.The opening number, “The Ring,” starts with a dramatic theme stated by the alto-tenor front line. Garrett and Sanders traverse late-Trane territory in their improvisations yet they rarely scale the heights of propulsion or evoke their earlier spiritual majesty.Like a seafaring explorer, Garrett rides waves of tradition and innovation to shores of his own making. He confidently ...

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Kenny Garrett: Sketches of MD: Live At The Iridium

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Alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett gives listeners a kaleidoscopic view of his music in this fun live recording. A post-bop saxophonist who performed with Miles Davis during the trumpeter's later fusion/funk years, Garrett has since gone on to make his own name as one of the fiercest players around. In spite of what labels/critics may have desired, he's paving his own multi-colored-brick road. This has included African Exchange Student (Atlantic, 1990), the contemporary jazz friendly Happy People (Warner Brothers, 2002), and Beyond the Wall (Nonesuch, 2006), inspired by a trip to China. This debut on Mack Avenue was recorded ...

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Kenny Garrett at Dazzle

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Kenny Garrett Dazzle Denver July 25, 2008

Kenny Garrett is restless. Over his 20 or so year career, he's explored a good piece of the jazz territory. Consequently, a Kenny Garrett concert is a little like a random parachute jump; you could land just about anywhere. Friday night at Dazzle, Garrett traveled through the terrain of fusion, funk and a little space jazz. Those hoping for some bebop didn't necessarily go home happy. On the other hand, those willing to follow Garrett into the land beyond bebop had some groovalicous fun.

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