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Kenny Garrett: Beyond the Wall

Read "Beyond the Wall" reviewed by John Barron

Native Detroiter Kenny Garrett has been on the cutting edge of jazz for some time now. The former Miles Davis sideman has built a reputation as an uncompromising trailblazer while managing to write melodic and highly accessible music. Of his many sessions, Beyond the Wall could very well be his best.

Inspired by his long-time fascination ...

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Kenny Garrett: Beyond The Wall

Read "Beyond The Wall" reviewed by Russ Musto

Since the release of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme (Impulse!, 1965), only a handful of albums have effectively explored jazz's spiritual aspects while sustaining its exciting secular qualities. Beyond The Wall is a masterful work of original music that succeeds marvelously on both levels, building upon Trane's legacy, as well as the work of the date's ...

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Kenny Garrett: Beyond the Wall

Read "Beyond the Wall" reviewed by John Kelman

Sometimes homages can be too reverential. Alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett, with a spiritual energy mirroring a significant influence, John Coltrane, intended to use Beyond the Wall as an opportunity to record with pianist McCoy Tyner, with whom he's shared the bandstand on occasion. Though a scheduling conflict prevented Tyner from participating, his spirit--and that of his ...

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Kenny Garrett: Beyond the Wall

Read "Beyond the Wall" reviewed by Troy Collins

Alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett's first recording for Nonesuch, a concept album inspired by a recent trip to China, finds him in the company of an all-star ensemble. A phenomenally gifted soloist with a singular tone and instantly identifiable phrasing, he has walked a fine line between mainstream jazz and more popular forms in the recent past. ...