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Kenny Warren

Kenny Warren (b. Denver, Colorado, 1984), is an American trumpeter and composer. He began studying jazz trumpet at the age of 9, and moved to New York in 2002 to attend the Jazz Conservatory at SUNY Purchase. He has been living in Brooklyn since 2006.

Kenny leads or co-leads the groups “But the Monster is Sick” (with Owen Stewart-Robertson, Dan Peck, and Devin Gray); Laila and Smitty (with Jeremiah Lockwood, Myk Freedman, Josh Meyers, and Carlo Costa); NOOK (with J.P. Schlegelmilch, Jeremy Viner, James Windsor-Wells, and Ben Gallina); Hala Hala (with J.P. Schlegelmilch, Greg Chudzick, and Jeff Davis); Trio (with Will McEvoy, and Flin Van Hemmen). Kenny composes music for all of these groups.

Kenny is in Slavic Soul Party, Tom Chess’ Bandit Hat, Noah Garbedian’s Sextet, Mariel Berger’s Paper Snakes, Martin Urbach’s Grupo De Paz Mundial, and Brian Prunka’s Nashaz. He has performed with Tony Malaby’s Novela, The Sway Machinery, Matt Bauder’s Day in Pictures, The Bobby Avey Quartet, and Butch Morris’ Trumpet Nation.

Kenny has also performed and/or recorded with The Walkmen, Akron/Family, Spoon, Devotchka, Beirut, The Gay Blades, Robert Stillman, Maria Neckam, The Greg Mayo Band, Brian Bonz and the Major Crimes, Dan Romer, Jenny Owen Youngs, and Abby Payne.


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Stephan Crump: Slow Water

Read "Slow Water" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Bassist-composer Stephan Crump's sonic odyssey Slow Water is a profound exploration of the essence and myriad forms of water. It goes beyond merely depicting its physical flow; rather, it delves into the symbolic and existential significances that water holds. This project emerges as a creative masterwork, reflecting Crump's deep contemplation of humanity's intricate relationship with this elemental force. Inspired by a lifetime of individual experiences and societal observations, Crump crafts an album that is both thought-provoking and sonically captivating.

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The Angelica Sanchez Nonet: Nighttime Creatures

Read "Nighttime Creatures" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Pubblicato dalla Pyroclastic Records, Nighttime Creatures è il magistrale debutto del nonet della pianista Angelica Sanchez, organico che riunisce alcuni protagonisti della scene musicali di New York, Los Angeles e San Francisco: i sassofonisti Chris Speed e Michael Attias, il clarinettista Ben Goldberg, il cornettista Kenny Warren, il trombettista Thomas Heberer, il chitarrista Omar Tamez, il contrabbassista John Hébert e il batterista Sam Ospovat. Trasferitasi nel 1994 a New York da Phoenix (Arizona), Angelica è parte dell'Exploding ...

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Mountain Coast: Phases

Read "Phases" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Mountain Coast is a Denver-based collective which comes out of a 15-year partnership between guitarist Dave Devine and synthesist Michael Bailey. Phases follows their debut recording Watch Peak (Self Produced, 2021), with Devine and Bailey joined by new band mate trumpeter Kenny Warren. It is a true pandemic album, recorded remotely but with some interaction between the parts. Warren's trumpet and Devine's guitar tracks were processed by Bailey with effects, samplers and modular synthesizers. This procedure created new layers to ...

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Webber / Morris Big Band: Both Are True

Read "Both Are True" reviewed by John Sharpe

On Both Are True Canadian composers and reed players Anna Webber and Angela Morris reimagine the language of the big band. They extend the tradition through adventurous arrangements spiced with the unpredictability of improv, by co-opting the nimbleness of a much smaller group, and reveling in non-standard techniques. Webber has already garnered plaudits for the work of her Simple Trio with Matt Mitchell and John Hollenbeck, while Morris' ventures such as the Motel Trio boast a lower profile so far. ...

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Kenny Warren Quartet: Thank You For Coming To Life

Read "Thank You For Coming To Life" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Born in Denver, Colorado Kenny Warren is now an established member of the New York improvised music scene having moved to NYC in 2002. He's been kept busy with various projects including his folk-jazz outfit Laila and Smitty, and playing with pianist Bobby Avey and tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby amongst many others. Listening to this set entirely composed by Warren, the perceived mood is one of angularity. The opener “Stones Change" is indicative of the territory in which ...

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Slavic Soul Party: Live at Barbes: Slavic Soul Party Plays Duke Ellington's Far East Suite

Read "Live at Barbes: Slavic Soul Party Plays Duke Ellington's Far East Suite" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

In the late 1990s, visionary percussionist Matt Moran founded Slavic Soul Party, a brass band designed to stretch the boundaries between Eastern and Western European traditional music until those boundaries snap. More than two decades and twenty members later, “New York's Official #1 Brass Band for BalkanSoulGypsyFunk" fully realizes this vision by performing one of Duke Ellington's most famous Billy Strayhorn collaborations: 1963's The Far East Suite, around which Ellington organized a global tour schedule through the Middle East, South ...

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Slavic Soul Party: Plays Duke Ellington's Far East Suite

Read "Plays Duke Ellington's Far East Suite" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Nel jazz contemporaneo la reinterpretazione delle opere passate avviene in due modi diversi. Da un lato c'è chi privilegia la riproposizione fedele dell'originale, partendo da una prospettiva a grandi linee accademica (Wynton Marsalis) fino alla riproduzione letterale di ogni aspetto melodico, timbrico e ritmico (come ha fatto il gruppo Mostly Other People Do The Killing con Kind of Blue). Dall'altro abbiamo la reinterpretazione personale, che può conservare in tutto o in parte l'identità dell'originale oppure creare qualcosa di diverso.

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Slow Water

Papillon Sounds


Nighttime Creatures

Pyroclastic Records



Shifting Paradigm Records


Both Are True

Greenleaf Music


Thank You For Coming...

Whirlwind Recordings


Plays Duke...




From: Slow Water
By Kenny Warren

Nighttime Creatures

From: Nighttime Creatures
By Kenny Warren


From: Phases
By Kenny Warren


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