Saturday, February 13, 2010

Kenny Barron Trio - The Only One

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Kenny Barron (piano), Ben Riley (drums), Ray Drummond (bass)
Recorded in 1990, from the album titled “The Only One.” This track pays tribute to Thelonious Monk’s “Hackensack.”

Philadelphia born Barron, the younger brother of tenor sax man Bill Barron, rose to prominence in the 1960s when he became the pianist in Dizzy Gillespie’s quartet. Today he teaches jazz at the Manhattan School of Music, after a 25 year stint teaching piano and keyboard harmony at Rutgers University in New Jersey, where he mentored student David Sanchez, Terence Blanchard and Regina Bell. Barron also has a penchant for Latin and Caribbean jazz and heads a Brazilian jazz ensemble known as "Canta Brasil."

Barron, who is on everyone's short list of the greatest living jazz pianists, has collaborated with such legendary jazz figures as Buddy Rich, Yusef Lateef and Stan Getz. He has released more than 40 jazz albums.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Blue Monk: SuperBass Big Band

Three acoustic bass players, John Clayton, Ray Brown and Christian McBride, and the WDR Big Band (the big band of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk), from a 1997 performance in Cologne, Germany. Blue Monk was the “personal favorite” composition of Thelonious Monk, who first recorded it in 1954. He went on to record it thirty times with many of the legends of modern jazz.