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Kenny Garrett Finishes New Album, Plans Tour

Happy People, which will be released March 12, is the first CD by alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett (shown sitting) since 1999’s Simply Said. Here he is shown at Avatar Studios making some last minute adjustments to the album with (l to r) Ross Peterson (assistant engineer) and Kirk Imamura (Avatar Studio president).

Happy People was produced by bassist Marcus Miller and recorded and mixed by Bill Schnee at Oceanway Studios. Special guest vibist Bobby Hutcherson, trumpeter/flugelhornist Michael “Patches” Stewart, vocalist Jean Norris, guitarist Randy Razz, drummer Marcus Baylor and Miller (on electric bass) occasionally join the core of Garrett’s band-pianist Vernell Brown, drummer Chris Dave and acoustic bassist Charnett Moffett.

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