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Album Review

Kenny Garrett: Sounds From The Ancestors

Read "Sounds From The Ancestors" reviewed by Ian Patterson


On Sounds from the Ancestors, Kenny Garrett's fifth album for Mack Avenue and his first since Do You Dance! (Mack Avenue 2016), the former saxophonist for both Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis, turns to the past for inspiration. From the Motown and gospel music he was weaned on as a youth growing up in Detroit, to the the hard bop of Blakey and post-bop of John Coltrane , Garrett wears his influences proudly on his sleeve on this ...

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Interview

Kenny Garrett: The Value of Ancestors

Read "Kenny Garrett: The Value of Ancestors" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Saxophonist Kenny Garrett has always respected the music of his predecessors. He knows its importance. He knows the value of the tradition, knowledge and innovation passed on to new generations of musicians. He's recorded, for example, dedications to John Coltrane (Pursuance, Warner Bros., 1996), as well as Joe Henderson and Sonny Rollins (Trilogy, Warner Bros., 1992)). Heck, Garrett, undoubtedly one of the finest alto saxophonists (any style saxophone, for that matter) of his generation, has played with many ...

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Radio & Podcasts

George Mraz & Kenny Garrett

Read "George Mraz & Kenny Garrett" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We begin the 720th Episode with storied saxophonist Kenny Garrett with a track off his 2021 release Sounds from the Ancestors. This episode also features new music from Russell Ferrante, Papo Vazquez, Maria Grand and Yoonmi Choi. We give a fitting send off to a great friend of Neon Jazz and a wonderful friend from childhood in Mr. Bill Denny with a Frank Sinatra tribute. Finally, we say so long and thank you to George Mraz. Dig this new hour ...

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Live Review

Chris Potter Circuits Trio and the Kenny Garrett Quintet at San Francisco Jazz Festival

Read "Chris Potter Circuits Trio and the Kenny Garrett Quintet at San Francisco Jazz Festival" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser


Chris Potter Circuits Trio and the Kenny Garrett Quintet SFJAZZ San Francisco Jazz Festival San Francisco, CA June 21, 2019 It is unusual to find a double bill featuring two accomplished and well known v players. So it was a memorable occasion when Chris Potter and Kenny Garrett played a date together with their ensembles at SFJAZZ as part of the San Francisco Jazz Festival.Potter was born in Chicago but grew ...

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Live Review

Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince, 2018

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince, 2018" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince Port-au-Prince, Haiti January 20-27, 2018 For the 12th edition the Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince (PAPJAZZ for short, which will be used to refer to the festival going forward, as well as introducing a new logo) returned to its usual schedule at the end of January. This is supposed to be the dry season, but more on that later. As always the character of the festival was significantly influenced ...

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Interview

Meet Kenny Garrett

Read "Meet Kenny Garrett" reviewed by Craig Jolley


This interview was first published at All About Jazz in April 2002 and is part of our ongoing effort to archive pre-database material. First tier alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett is notorious for his energy and for his ability to spontaneously compose (improvise). He announced himself twenty years ago in the bands of Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw and came to even greater recognition with Miles Davis' late '80s band. Happy People is Garrett's latest in a string of ...

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Live Review

2016 Lakeland Jazz Festival

Read "2016 Lakeland Jazz Festival" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


2016 Lakeland Jazz Festival Lakeland Community College Kirtland, Ohio March 18-20, 2016 The Cleveland area has a long history of jazz pedagogy in relation to two well-established community colleges. Cuyahoga Community College's annual jazz featival, the better known program, dates back to 1980 and for many years was a spring tradition before shifiting to its current summer schedule. Preceded by eight years, Lakeland Community College has the distinction of being the longest running jazz festival ...


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