Kenny Garrett: Sing A Song Of Song


Sing A Song Of Song


Kenny Garrett (alto sax)


Songbook (Warner Jazz 9 46551-2)

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Kenny Garrett (alto sax), Kenny Kirkland (piano),

Nat Reeves (bass), Jeff “Tain” Watts (drums)


Composed by Kenny Garrett


Recorded: New York, January 7-8, 1997


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Kenny Garrett has a penchant for writing spiritual, circular melodies, and "Song" is one of his better examples of that composing style. Built on a repeating bass figure, Nat Reeves combined with Watts's syncopated groove gives the song a solidly funky foundation. Kenny Kirkland simultaneously follows that bass figure and Garrett's thematic line before plunging into some rhythmically rigorous ruminations. While it's relatively brief, Kirkland leaves enough of an impression to make you bemoan his tragically premature death the following year.

Garrett's alto sax solo is filled with long notes and has a peculiar, exotic, almost Indian feel with the notes that he chooses. He saves his most impassioned improvising for after the last chorus, ending on literally a very high note.

Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron

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