"Modesty is a virtue, but further you go without her," says a German proverb. Pianist Kenny Barron could tell you a thing. For decades he was considered a sideman par excellence and something like a modern, innovative guarantee for the solid in the history and tradition enshrined Jazz. But are as diverse as the talents Barrons, as he is known for his unusual modesty. That he was always parallel an uncommonly prolific solo artist since 1973, was long unnoticed. Only towards the end of the 80's began in Barron to finally realize the brilliant pianist who he really is.
Thanks to this he had. especially its close cooperation with the tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, with whom he played from 1986 until his death in 1991 Between the two developed something like a telepathic understanding, the Getz allowed in his last years again to set to a stunning artistic flight of fancy. The incurred in this period collections - especially the published in Verve Duo double album "People Time" - belong has made with the best that Getz in his entire career. And they moved finally into Barron earned the spotlight.
Born in Philadelphia on June 9, 1943 Kenny Barron had their first professional experience in the bands of Mel Melvin, Philly Joe Jones, Jimmy Heath, Yusef Lateef, James Moody and Lee Morgan collected in the late 1950s. After experimenting pianist - alongside greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker, Ron Carter, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Ella Fitzgerald, Abbey Lincoln, Helen Merrill, Chico Freeman, George Benson, Yusef Lateef, Lee Konitz and James Moody - with almost all varieties of contemporary jazz. The listed names list is indeed to be far from complete, but is sufficient to create a first impression of Barron: It is a musician who can create an ideal climate in any context, which generates an atmosphere for artists that it accompanies, is both reassuring at the same time but also stimulates subtle.
but the fact is that Kenny Barron since 1973 and parallel to its almost unmanageable activities also an amazingly intense career has promoted as a soloist and bandleader as an accompanist. So he founded in 1981 together with tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse, the group Sphere, the entirely of the interpretation of the music of Thelonious Monk devoted - Barron participated as pianist and musical director not less than seven albums with this ensemble. Then Surprised he the jazz world with solo albums on which he with such different Sidemen as Toninho Horta ( "Sambao", 1992), Bobby Hutcherson ( "Other Places", 1993), Charlie Haden ( "Wanton Spirit", 1994 and "Night and The City ", 1998), mino cinelu (" Swamp Sally ", 1996), John Scofield (" Things Unseen ", 1997) or Regina Carter (" Freefall ", 2001) repeatedly revealed new musical facets.
As 2014, the label Impulse! Records of Barrons former Verve producer Jean-Philippe Allard has been reactivated, the Frenchman took the pianist as one of his first signing artists. Barron thanked with the album "The Art Of Conversation", on which he in dialogue wonderfully with bassist Dave Holland. Recently in 2016 put the pianist album "Book Of Intuition" before, on which he can be heard with the Japanese bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa and drummer Johnathan Blake, with whom he forms a fantastically rehearsed trio for ten years.
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