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Kenny Garrett: Songbook (Warner Bros. 9 46551-2).

Kenny Garrett: Songbook (Warner Bros. 9 46551-2)

Things sometimes evolve. Kenny Garrett's previous recording, Pursuance. The Music of John Coltrane, which was favorably reviewed in this column a few issue back, featured, yes, the music of John Coltrane, and now Garrett's new recording, Songbook, finds Garrett writing all of the songs himself, but following along in the giant footsteps of Trane. Garrett's tone on alto reminds one of the slightly dry tone of Trane, and his focus, drive, and intensity also bring Trane to mind. Wonderfully enough, however, Garrett never sounds like a Trane imitator -- he has his own voice and his own vision. Fronting a tight quartet featuring Kenny Kirkland on piano, Nat Reeves on bass, and the ubiquitous Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums, Garrett shows off his composing and blowing talents without ever sounding as though he is showing off anything. Songbook is remarkably tight and rewarding set that I recommend to all jazz fans, but especially to those who love the music of John Coltrane. Things sometimes evolve. -- KWN
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Title Annotation:Review
Author:Nehring, Karl W.
Publication:Sensible Sound
Article Type:Sound Recording Review
Date:Nov 1, 1997
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