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Album Review

Altoist Kenny Garrett, who was then a key member of Miles Davis' group, had one of his strongest early sets as a leader on this Atlantic disc. "Ja-Hed" features his post-bop improvising over the chord changes of "Impressions," the is both lighthearted and adventurous on "Mack the Knife" and the title cut has Garrett expertly building up an emotional solo from intense long tones to sound explorations and late period 'Trane screams. Throughout the CD, Kenny Garrett's alto is the main attraction but the strong rhythm section (comprised of pianist Mulgrew Miller, either Charnett Moffett or Ron Carter on bass, Tony Reedus or Elvin Jones on drums and occasional percussionists) should not be overlooked. Whether it be the modal tribute piece "Shaw," the rarely played Coltrane song "Straight Street" or the minor blues "Nostradamus," Kenny Garrett justifies the praise that he received from Miles Davis.

Customer Reviews

Masterpiece

There's no way this album is almost 20 years old. It is a timeless masterpiece. It's little different from his music these days, but the foundamental concept and passion are the same if not more in your face. A jazz master. He is one of the best ever in jazz history.

Very good Modern Jazz

"Ja-Hed" and "African Exchange Student" are excellent, and the others are very good. This is good place to start for KG tunes. Peace.

One of his best

This is probably my favorite cd. Kenny Garrett is my influence and my hero. The two best songs in my opinion are African Exchange Student and Lullaby of Isfahan. If you don't buy the full album, you have to get at least one of those two songs.

Biography

Born: September 9, 1927 in Pontiac, MI

Genre: Jazz

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

Elvin Jones will always be best-known for his association with the classic John Coltrane Quartet (1960-1965) but he also had a notable career as a bandleader and continued to be a major influence in music. One of the all-time great drummers (bridging the gap between advanced hard bop and the avant-garde), Jones is the younger brother of a remarkable musical family that also includes Hank and Thad Jones. After spending time in the Army (1946-1949), he was a part of the very fertile Detroit jazz scene...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Sep 25, 1990

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