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Kenny Garrett: Inside the Wall

Kenny Garrett

To call Kenny Garrett a journeyman would be a serious understatement. His saxophone may have been his ticket out of Detroit in the late 1970s, but his cultural appetite has taken him all over the world. Garrett revealed the depth of his cultural curiosity on his latest record, Beyond the Wall, his 11th recording as a leader but his first for Nonesuch Records. Beyond the Wall is the culmination of Garrett’s growing affinity for Asian philosophy and culture, and quite possibly his best record to date.

“It was always one of my childhood dreams to visit China,” says Garrett. “A lot of my philosophy on life comes from Chinese philosophy.” Traces of Chinese culture and philosophy are apparent in many of Beyond the Wall’s nine tracks, and to effectively capture the spirit of his travels, Garrett recruited saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, pianist Mulgrew Miller, drummer Brian Blade and bassist Robert Hurst III.

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