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By the early 1990s, Kenny Barron had firmly established his reputation as a jazz pianist, following a long series of LPs and CDs under his own name and a considerable number of dates as an outstanding sideman, particularly with Stan Getz between 1987 and 1991. This trio date, with the superb rhythm section of bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Victor Lewis, is one of Barron's most essential releases from the entire decade. Following an aggressive take of Gigi Gryce's "Minority," Barron's choice of Sting's "Fragile" seems unusual until he proves to the jazz listener that there is a strong melody within it that's worth exploring. His solo rendition of "I'm Confessin' That I Love You" has the playfulness of Thelonious Monk, while his rendition of Monk's "Jackie-ing" is adventurous compared to the composer's versions. Barron's compositions are also a highlight of this CD. "Silent Rain," a bittersweet ballad, is a solo feature for the leader, while "Tear Drop" is a trio arrangement of another fine ballad. "The Moment" is a bossa nova that features Victor Lewis' tasty percussion. Highly recommended.


Born: June 9, 1943 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A thorough examination of Kenny Barron's musical accomplishments over a span of 50 years necessitates a discography of more than 200 pages. That's because in addition to a distinguished career as soloist and leader he has served as one of the most dependable sidemen in all of post-bop mainstream modern jazz. More than 40 albums have appeared under his name, and his presence on literally hundreds of recordings by other musicians paints a panoramic picture of Barron's lifelong devotion to the music....
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