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Saxophonist Kenny Garrett has played with Miles Davis, Art Blakey, and Freddie Hubbard, and he’s recorded numerous albums as a leader. On Seeds from the Underground, which features all original compositions, Garrett pays tribute to several of his influences. His band (pianist Benito Gonzalez, bassist Nat Reeves, drummer Ronald Bruner, and percussionist Rudy Bird) is a tight, polished unit. The Latin-tinged “Wiggins” nods to Garrett’s high school band leader, Bill Wiggins. (One of Garrett’s first gigs after playing with his high school band was with Duke Ellington’s orchestra, led by Mercer Ellington at the time.) “Haynes Here” (with wordless vocals by Nedelka Prescod and Gonzalez’s McCoy Tyner–flavored piano) pays homage to drummer Roy Haynes. On “Detroit,” a tribute to Garrett’s hometown and trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, alto sax and vocals float over the crackly sound of a needle on vinyl. The hard-swinging “Du-Wo-Mo” tips the hat to three jazzmen: Ellington, Woody Shaw, and Thelonious Monk. The album wraps up with a melodic standout, “Laviso, I Bon?,” a piece inspired by a Guadeloupian musician.

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Another Highly Polished Gem!

This is another entry in what has become an extraordinary discography complied by Mr. Garrett. He has been able to incorporate the many influences and experiences in his musical journey into another sound set of original compositions that conjure a full spectrum of emotion and is very listenable. Kenny has again surrounded himself with a fine set of musicians that are in excellent form and seem to be in total lock-step with the leader's vision. Besides his long time, rock steady bassist Nat Reeves, his band on this set includes Benito Gonzales - Piano, Ronald Bruner - Drums, Rudy Bird - Percussion and Nedelka Prescod - Vocals. A band I certainly look forward to seeing in a live setting. Highly recommended, Enjoy!!

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Classic Kenny Garrett...

Reminds me of modern jazz when it was just getting modern…1980s. Classic, but even more lively. Good listening music.


Born: October 9, 1960 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Saxophonist, bandleader, and composer Kenny Garrett is a most versatile player, equally at home playing classic blues and rhythm & blues as he is interpreting classic jazz compositions and even fusion. Although Garrett never had the benefit of a college education, that hasn't hurt his career as a jazz musician one bit. He has released a number of critically acclaimed albums and, prior to the birth of his recording career, paid his dues in the jazz clubs in and around his native Detroit. Garrett's...
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Seeds from the Underground, Kenny Garrett
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Apr 10, 2012

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