Saturday, February 13, 2010
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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.