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Radio

The Genius of Kenny Kirkland - the Companion Mixtape

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Compiling a radio playlist is both incredibly satisfying and quite frustrating. Two hours are so quick to fill and one has to often leave out a great number of tracks that would deserve attention but, for a reason or another (length, similarities to other selection, need for variety and flow etc.), don't find a natural spot in the playlist... To partially remedy this situation, we are starting a 'companion mixtape' series to share more great music, in addition to that ...

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The Genius of Kenny Kirkland - Part 2

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A classical musical upbringing; a deep knowledge of contemporary classical masters; a career that rapidly saw him develop affinities and life-long collaborations with mainstream and forward-looking jazz musicians, both from the US and from abroad; equally at home with fusion, pop and rock. In sum, Kenny Kirkland epitomized that kind of musician that defies categorization which we tend to admire the most. Here is the second part of our celebration of this legacy. Happy listening! Playlist ...

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Radio

The Genius of Kenny Kirkland - Part 1

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On September 28th, Kenny Kirkland would have turned 65. This week we celebrate his legacy as leader or co-leader, as side-man invited to add power and sophistication to the bands he joined, and as composer, through renditions of his music by peers and contemporary musicians. Among these, pianist Noah Haidu has recently released the first-ever album entirely dedicated to the Kenny Kirkland Songbook, which we feature here and in the second part of the show, which will be online in ...

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Book Excerpts

DOCTONE: An oral history of legendary pianist Kenny Kirkland (1955-1998)

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In chapter 2 of my book Doctone, I interviewed drummer Billy Hart and we discussed his interaction with Kenny Kirkland as he emerged in the 1970's fusion scene, his unique personality, the “Kirklandese" language and Kenny's legacy as one of the great pianists and composers in this music Noah Haidu: What were your first impressions of Kenny? Billy Hart: I don't remember the exact first time I met him. Because of our age difference, I saw ...


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