Kenny MacKenzie: Sarabande




Kenny MacKenzie Trio


There You Are (KMT-1213)

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Kenny MacKenzie (piano), Zaid Shukri (bass), Paul Micca (drums).

Composed by Kenny MacKenzie


Recorded: New York City, December, 2004, October 11, 2006, November 1, 2006


Rating: 86/100 (learn more)

This jazzification (Yes, that is a word!) of the ages old sarabande dance rhythm proves that sometimes simple is really all you need. The trio begins with a very straight delivery that has an almost formal quality to it, so much so that the transition into swing is quite surprising, even though that change is very, very smooth. From here on, MacKenzie's trio plays with a relaxed and knowing feel that reminds me of what Vince Guaraldi did with the Peanuts material. Leader MacKenzie plays out several variation on a theme while Shukri and Micca hold down a solid yet shifty swing. Nothing really earth-shattering here, but it will definitely make your ear curious enough to check out the rest of There You Are.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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