12 Songs, 1 Hour 12 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett has had a fruitful career that balances post-bop jazz with some more exploratory fusions. This time, Garrett goes in a lot of directions over the course of a single album, often tipping his cap (by way of subtle or not-so-subtle tribute) as he goes. While he locks into a fiery Latin groove on “Chucho’s Mambo,” he moves into calypso-jazz fusion on “J’auvert (Homage to Sonny Rollins)” that would bring a smile to its parenthetical honoree. Garrett channels his inner Coltrane on the surging title track, which features him on soprano as he blasts into the stratosphere. Things are considerably more contained on his straight version of Burt Bacharach’s “I’ll Say a Little Prayer” (the lone cover here) and the lovely “Homma San,” which shows his strong ear for melody. Working with more than a dozen players in various configurations (including a string quartet on “Brother Brown”), Garrett seems intent on showing the breadth of his interests and talent. Any way you look at it, he succeeds.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett has had a fruitful career that balances post-bop jazz with some more exploratory fusions. This time, Garrett goes in a lot of directions over the course of a single album, often tipping his cap (by way of subtle or not-so-subtle tribute) as he goes. While he locks into a fiery Latin groove on “Chucho’s Mambo,” he moves into calypso-jazz fusion on “J’auvert (Homage to Sonny Rollins)” that would bring a smile to its parenthetical honoree. Garrett channels his inner Coltrane on the surging title track, which features him on soprano as he blasts into the stratosphere. Things are considerably more contained on his straight version of Burt Bacharach’s “I’ll Say a Little Prayer” (the lone cover here) and the lovely “Homma San,” which shows his strong ear for melody. Working with more than a dozen players in various configurations (including a string quartet on “Brother Brown”), Garrett seems intent on showing the breadth of his interests and talent. Any way you look at it, he succeeds.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
16 Ratings
16 Ratings
GossipGurlLuvr ,

Pushing the World Away

I saw Kenny and his band at Blues Alley this summer. Kenny loves his music and his passion is infectious. By the time he was done, the club crowd was clapping and stomping and swaying in their seats. Kenny is such a stud and has so much love for music that he sheds the constrictions of genre like a scratchy sweater. He mixes his bebop and jazz core with r and b and a touch of radio- friendly smooth and it all works because the music is good. That is also what I got from this album. It is all good because it is always swinging and always good. Yep, yep. I will be grooving to this for a long while.

creamysaxsolo ,

Kinda disappointing, compared to the direction of previous albums.

Kenny kept getting better and better, and is one of my favorites, but I was disappointed with this album. Although theres a few songs I dig, It's borderline smooth. It's like he's trying too hard to make something "new."

Musicman1977 ,

LOVE IT!!!

LOVE IT!!!!!

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