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Kenny Barron & Mulgrew Miller: The Art Of Piano Duo - Live

Read "The Art Of Piano Duo - Live" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Genius in 20 fingers and 176 keys. That's what we have right here. The late Mulgrew Miller and the very present Kenny Barron each represent something of a gold standard in jazz piano, so it's no surprise that they meshed well whenever they met. This collection delivers three duo concerts from that pair—one captured in Marciac, France in 2005; the others recorded two days apart in different cities in Switzerland in 2011—and the results speak volumes about these two giants ...

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Kenny Barron and Friends Celebrate Monk at SFJAZZ

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Kenny Barron and Friends Celebrate Monk Herbst Theater SFJAZZ San Francisco, CA October 10, 2019 Seventy-six-year-old pianist Kenny Barron needs no introduction to avid jazz fans, having been a fixture on the scene for decades. He is known for his own work as well as his participation as co-founder of the Thelonious Monk tribute band Sphere which was active from 1982 to 1998 and had adopted the late pianist's middle name as its moniker. ...

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Kenny Barron: Concentric Circles

Read "Concentric Circles" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Hard to believe that, as Kenny Barron turns 75, Concentric Circles is his Blue Note debut, one that is as muscular, fleet, and entertaining as any debut by any man two-thirds his age. Trust Barron's deeply-versed quintet to swing like a big band plus, and “DPW" leaps out at you with a jumping, bop personality, the flaring horns immediately announcing the dance floor open, and an Afro-Latin fused rhythmic dynamic that's impossible not to move to. Always a ...

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Montreux Jazz Festival 2016

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Montreux Jazz Festival 2016 Various Venues jny: Montreux, Switzerland July 9-12, 2016 No matter at what point, or for how long you dipped into the Montreux Jazz Festival during the seventeen days of its 50th edition, the sense of history was palpable. Charles Lloyd was present, just as he was in 1967. Deep Purple and Dweezil Zappa formed a poignant double-header on MJF 50's final night, recalling the 1971 fire at the old ...

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Kenny Barron’s Platinum Trio with George Mraz and Lewis Nash

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Kenny Barron's Platinum Trio with George Mraz and Lewis Nash The Nash Third Anniversary Concert Phoenix, Arizona November 17, 2015 Pianist Kenny Barron brought his Platinum Trio with bassist George Mraz and drummer Lewis Nash to perform two classy concerts as part of the third anniversary celebration of The Nash, a jazz venue named for the Phoenix-born musician. This trio, formed in 2013 at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Netherlands, ...

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Paris Jazz Diary: Pianists Kenny Barron, Harold Mabern, Bill Charlap

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Paris Jazz Diary 2015: Pianists Kenny Barron, Harold Mabern, Bill Charlap Duc des Lombards, Sunside-Sunset Jazz Clubs Paris, France July 3, July 4, July 14, 2015 New York City pianists Kenny Barron, Harold Mabern and Bill Charlap led trios in three separate concerts as part of a pair of annual summer-season jazz series in Paris. Barron was as elegant as always, filling Duc des Lombards with his graceful strength and polished style. Intensity ...

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Kenny Barron & Dave Holland at Queen Elizabeth Hall

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Kenny Barron & Dave Holland/The Jeremy Monteiro Trio Queen Elizabeth Hall EFG London Jazz Festival 21 November, 2014 The prospect of Kenny Barron and Dave Holland performing as a duo was a mouthwatering one. Both are well versed in the format. In 1971 Holland combined with Derek Bailey and then with Barre Phillips on ECM; Barron recorded in duet with Ted Dunbar in 1975. Since then Barron has conversed one on one with Regina ...

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Kenny Barron: The Traveler

Read "The Traveler" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

The Traveler is a delicious offering of ten beautiful songs by pianist Kenny Barron. Eight of the tunes were composed by Barron, and each one is brimming with his famous lyricism. Most of the songs feature solid underpinning by Kiyoshi Kitagawa (bass) and Francisco Mela (drums), and in addition the CD features a variety of guests who add their own unique voices. Soprano saxophonist Steve Wilson, a superb player with an intimate, conversational tone, appears on three ...

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Kenny Barron: The Traveler

Read "The Traveler" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

It would be quite a feat to have traveled in Kenny Barron's shoes. A venerable pianist whose career has spanned more than fifty years of performances with a host of greats--Lee Morgan, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Yusef Lateef, Charlie Rouse and many others. His music has traveled across the paths of blues, bop, modern, and other terrains. Whether working with vocalists such as jazz diva, Abbey Lincoln or taking Brazilian music excursions in Canta Brasil (Sunnyside Records, 2002), Barron has ...

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Kenny Barron: A Musical Autobiography

Read "Kenny Barron: A Musical Autobiography" reviewed by Victor Verney

Kenny Barron has achieved recognition, long overdue, as one of the giants of modern mainstream jazz piano. Born in Philadelphia in 1943, he moved to New York in 1961, where he worked briefly with James Moody, Lee Morgan, Roy Haynes and Lou Donaldson. He then had extended gigs with Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Yusef Lateef and Ron Carter. After a stint as co-leader of the group Sphere in the 1980s, he went on to lead his own trios. One of ...

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Kenny Barron Trio: The Perfect Set: Live at Bradley's II

Read "The Perfect Set: Live at Bradley's II" reviewed by Ollie Bivens

From the '60s through the '80s, pianist Kenny Barron was one of the most sought-after sidemen in jazz, playing with Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Yusef Lateef, and Ron Carter, along with being a co-founder of the group Sphere, dedicated to performing the music of Thelonious Monk. Since the early '70s, Barron has put out several albums as leader. However, a series of live dates recorded with Stan Getz for four years up until the tenor's death in '91 brought Barron ...

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Kenny Barron Trio: The Perfect Set: Live at Bradley's II

Read "The Perfect Set: Live at Bradley's II" reviewed by Tom Greenland

In the Middle East, “tarab," a state of musical and spiritual ecstasy, is produced and maintained when a creative feedback loop is established between performers and listeners. The transformation is dependent not only on the skilled artisans, but on the environment created by the musically initiated audience. In jazz, people and place are equally important: Bradley's, in the Village, was one such place, where after-hours aficionados came to hear the best piano trio jazz that New York had to offer. ...


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