Kenny Garrett: Wayne's Thang
Kenny Garrett (alto sax)
Sketches of MD: Live at the Iridium (Mack Avenue 1042)
Benito Gonzalez (keyboards), Nat Reeves (bass), Jamire Williams (drums).
Composed by Kenny Garrett.
Recorded: Iridium Jazz Club, New York, no date given (CD released in 2008)
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
On his live CD Sketches of MD, Kenny Garrett features five tracks. All are long excursions (the shortest song on the CD is more than nine minutes); all are Garrett original compositions; all are in a medium or medium-fast tempo. "Wayne's Thang" is built on a funky groove set off by a series of (sometimes surprising) breaksóat one point the audience starts clapping, thinking that the performance is done, but it was just one more break. Some strange synthesized sounds return to "Wayne's Thang," and the song stretches out another five minutes. The next break finds the crowd clapping againóbut this time in rhythm, because they know now that there is more to come. And there is. Even so, too much of this track is devoted to keyboard work that sounds like reheated 1970s fusion. Garrett is effective in an understated way, but Pharoah Sanders really shakes it up with his contribution, which gives a brief nod to the funk sensibility before heading off into its own universe of sounds.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia