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Kenny Garrett is a jazz saxophonist. He was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1960. His father was a tenor saxophonist. Kenny’s career took off when he joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1978, then led by Duke’s son, Mercer Ellington. Three years later he played in the Mel Lewis Orchestra (playing the music of Thad Jones) and also the Dannie Richmond Quartet (focusing on Charles Mingus’s music). In 1984 he earned a shot at his first album as a band leader, “Introducing Kenny Garrett”. From there, his career has exploded into 11 albums (as a leader) and numerous Grammy nominations. During his career Kenny has played with many Jazz greats such as Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders, Brian Blade, Bobby Hutcherson, Ron Carter, Elvin Jones, and Mulgrew Miller. His playing style is best described as incredibly strong while at the same time very melodic. Much of Garrett’s music also contains influence from Asia, as is especially prevalent in his 2006 recording, “Beyond the Wall.” Kenny Garrett is regarded as one of the top jazz saxophonists of the current era.


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  • exprof

    16 Jul 2014 Reply
  • handsofprose

    I've not walked the streets of Detroit, but packed into this piece is nuance of flavour imagery colour light and emotion. Wonderful for my ears after a very long day...

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Assedor

    Jazz listener will find in this music response to its own emotions and experiences. It is impossible not to recognize that this listener is unlikely to present the best choice

    19 Jun 2013 Reply
  • drdousa

    I heared Kenny Garrett a few weeks ago live at the BIMhuis, Amsterdam in a truly legendary concert. Round about the same time I got hooked on his newest album "Seeds from the Underground" (from where else?), which is just brilliant.

    12 May 2012 Reply
  • Mokami

    My god! Beyond the walls is a genius record. I never felt that much emotion on a record.

    2 May 2012 Reply
  • Sid993ua

    Good !

    7 Jul 2010 Reply

    just caught him here in lawrence, ks and his show was really good! he drew it out about 30-40 minutes too long, but it was really cool nonetheless

    9 Mar 2010 Reply
  • yaoknerd

    rip kenny g 2.0

    25 Sep 2009 Reply
  • marykillaseldon

    Amazing man! This is the only "Kenny G" who's worthy... ^^

    25 Sep 2009 Reply
  • sax4rever

    Judging by its latest album Sketches of MD he should receive consultation at the psychiatrist

    7 Aug 2009 Reply
  • BenPowling

    yeah Sketches of MD is immense.

    16 Dec 2008 Reply
  • MirkoFait

    I listened him at BlueNote Milano... great!!! ;)

    10 Dec 2008 Reply
  • hazymat

    @ncvigo: I am tempted to agree with Zackgress, and I'm further tempted to say you listen to Coldplay and *cough* Death Cab for Cutie, and presumably your standing as an artist in the global jazz scene also helps you know how to 'get so far in jazz'. *cough*

    31 Aug 2008 Reply
  • legend212121

    Welcome to Taiwan! Kenny!

    22 Aug 2008 Reply

    Man, I got triology, but something went wrong with the tracks and random chunks of tracks ended up in other tracks and it was just a mess.

    3 Aug 2008 Reply
  • zackgress

    uhhh? I've met him in person and he wasn't a prick. Very nice. Trying to sound cool without emotion? I would recommend watching ( ) this concert, maybe Wayne's Thang or 1 Down or Two across- then promptly shutting the fuck up. Thanks

    8 Jan 2008 Reply
  • ncvigo

    positive energy? this guy is a prick, not only in real life, but you can tell from the solos he plays. a complete egotistical player; all of his solos try to sound cool without expression any kind of emotion. runs and arpeggios can only get you so far in jazz

    8 Jan 2008 Reply
  • divisionbell7

    Great saxophonist, his music is full of positive energy, I really like that.

    8 Aug 2007 Reply
  • zackgress

    Songbook is one of my favorites. Every song is so well written and all of both Kennny's (the late Kenny Kirkland on piano) solos are perfect. See: Ms. Baja, November 15, and the funky Brother Hubbard.

    10 Apr 2007 Reply
  • gautam3

    Newest album is great...

    9 Apr 2007 Reply
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