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 a few days.

Happy listening!


  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • Kenny Kirkland "Mr. J.C." Kenny Kirkland (GRP) 0:16
  • Host talks 8:18
  • Jeff "Tain" Watts "Black Nile" Megawatts (Sunnyside) 10:28
  • Host talks 17:05
  • Noah Haidu "Steepian Faith" Doctone (Sunnyside) 19:05
  • Wynton Marsalis "Chambers of Tain" Black Codes (From the Underground) (Columbia) 26:20
  • Host talks 33:58
  • Craig Taborn & Steve Lehman Trio "Chance" The People I Love (Pi) 35:02
  • Michael Brecker "Syzygy" Michael Brecker (Impulse!) 40:28
  • Host talks 50:10
  • Sting "Bring on the Night / When the World Is Running Down You Make the Best of What's (Still Around)" Bring on the Night (A&M) 52:06
  • Host talks 1:04:14
  • Branford Marsalis Quartet "Hidden track [Following "16th St. Baptist Church"]" Requiem (Columbia) 1:05:06

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