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Album Review

Violin/piano duet sessions are routine in the classical music world — after all, Beethoven wrote ten sonatas for this combination — but you rarely encounter them in jazz, due in great part to the shortage of jazz violinists. The Kenny Barron/Regina Carter sessions came about sometime after a gig at Sweet Basil's in New York — and since the two happen to record for the same label, one imagines the only obstacle was the commercial potential of this teaming. But not to worry, for this session has plenty of life and wit; indeed, the sounds of the violin and piano go together as naturally in jazz as in the classical field (must be the resonating strings and wood factors that these instruments share). Carter clearly provides a lot of the spark with her ability to swing, often juxtaposed with classical poise straight from the conservatory, prodding the congenitally professional Barron into occasionally taking some chances. Among the high points are "Softly As in a Morning Sunrise," which gets rolling on an Afro-Cuban vamp from Barron, a delightful take on Johnny Hodges' happy-go-lucky "Squatty Roo," and Barron's own Monk-ish "What If," which takes a quirky, running, walking ostinato in the left hand as its launching point. The title track, credited to both, is undoubtedly an unplanned, spontaneous leap into the avant-garde, with detours into impressionism and an unfettered playful spirit. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Customer Reviews

top shelf

Really great music. If you don't know Regina Carter and you like jazz you should check out her other CDs...she is the diva of violin jazz...a gift to the world.

Brilliant

Softly as a Morning Sunrise is one of those fabulous sparky collaborations that is destined to be played until it is comfortable as an custom made pair of calfskin shoes, but is as spicy as extra hot wings.

freaking amazing....

as the title implies, this is freaking amazing if you like free jazz

Biography

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...
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Freefall, Kenny Barron
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Contemporary Jazz
  • Released: May 14, 2001

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