10 Songs, 1 Hour 10 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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EDITORS’ NOTES

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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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

shadowoflo ,

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!!

The Projects 1967 ,

Sowing seeds!

Wow!!!

walimu ,

Seeds from a Great Tradition

One of the nice things about Kenny Garrett's music is that he always bring creativity, intensity and a deep sense of traditon to whatever he plays. Even his light weight commercially oriented stuff is better than most in that vein. This outing is a wonderous tribute to some of the masters. Trane, McCoy, Jackie McClean, Roy Haynes are some of the influences on this young man with an old soul. Every cut is a gem. The title tract, "Seeds from the Underground", captures the essence of the noble tradition created by our African ancestors who toiled in this country for four centuries with only their faith, cultural traits and spiritual underpinings to sustain them. It is instructive that Kenny quotes from Work Song as he closes out the song. Do -Wo - Mo is a slick medium tempo blues with hip rhythmic breaks a la John Cotrane and McCoy Tyner. Kenny groves over the tight rhtymn section. This is a joyous collection of musicians and compositions. I give the session five stars.

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