Kenny Garrett

Kenny Garrett at Jazz, TX makes 'Happy People'

Detroit-born Kenny Garrett was launched into the wider world of jazz in the late 1980s as a member of Miles Davis’ last band. Since that same time, he’s also established himself as a leading voice on saxophone in the post-bop world with an ear toward groove, as you’ll hear in this set recorded live at Jazz, TX in June 2019.
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Regina Carter, Kenny Garrett and Louis Hayes named 2023 NEA Jazz Masters

Three exemplary musicians born and raised in Detroit — drummer Louis Hayes, saxophonist Kenny Garrett and violinist Regina Carter — will soon be recognized as NEA Jazz Masters. According to an announcement this morning by the National Endowment for the Arts, they are among the 2023 class of inductees, along with producer and author Sue Mingus.
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Kenny Garrett Honors the Ancestors

Kenny Garrett’s latest album, Sounds From The Ancestors, is a message to all of the legendary artists who helped shape his artistic prowess. In addition to his appreciation for the straightahead jazz heroes of yesteryear and prominent postmodern improvisers on today’s scene, DownBeat’s Alto Saxophonist of the Year is quick to acknowledge those non-jazz musicians who have played a major role in shaping his tastes. In Garrett’s view, it all comes from the same source, however varied.

Kenny Garrett: Sounds From The Ancestors

Kenny Garrett's Jazz career was grounded right out of the gate with early turns accompanying such legends as Miles, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, and Woody Shaw, before starting out on a solo career that has seen 17 albums and countless tours since the mid 1980s. He has explored Jazz interpretations of many styles of music over the years, and on his current release on Mack Avenue, Sounds From The Ancestors, Garrett digs in deep to the music of West Africa, Cuba, Guadaloupe, and Nigeria. Garrett plays alto saxophone and electric piano on the record, which features his core group of Vernell Jones Jr. on keyboards, Corcoran Holt on bass, Ronald Bruner Jr. and Percussionist Rudy Bird. Garrett also enlists additional guest percussionists and vocalists to create a wide ranging series of tastes for your Jazz palate. I'm enjoying the whole record, but probably my favorite is the most melodic and straight ahead of the cuts, called Hargrove in remembrance of Roy Hargrove's vital Jazz sound, tragically cut short by his death at age 49 in 2018. This cut is as joyous as that news was devastating. I'll feature Hargrove from Sounds From The Ancestors Sunday night on Mainstream and Modern, 8pm until 11pm exclusively on Atlanta's Jazz Station 91.9 WCLK.

Kenny Garrett: ‘Sounds from the Ancestors’ (Mack Avenue)

Thirty-seven years after alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett’s first of 20 releases, he remains the embodiment of aggressive blowing. However, the segue from young incendiary to middle elder has manifested in Garrett’s musical expansion into a sizable amount of lyricism, leading to the duality in his playing heard here. Sounds From the Ancestors seems to illuminate.

Kenny Garrett (Ronnie Scott’s, 24-26 November)

Detroit-born alto saxophonist KENNY GARRETT has won a dozen Downbeat polls – almost all from its readers rather than critics. He will be performing a three-night residency at Ronnie Scott’s from 24-26 November. Charles Rees writes:. In his younger years, Kenny Garrett worked extensively with greats. There were stints with...