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Kenny Garrett: Do Your Dance!

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Dedicated to trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, who died last year, Kenny Garrett’s Do Your Dance! is an alluring celebration of the many ways music can make you move. These nine tracks, all Garrett originals, are deeply grounded in groove, and the different styles the album engages with allow the alto saxophonist to unfurl his full compositional range and instrumental dexterity.

Do Your Dance! kicks into high gear right from the jump with opening track “Philly,” where pianist Vernell Brown Jr.’s lushly romantic chords give way to Garrett stabbing out fast-break phrases over densely packed explosions from drummer Ronald Bruner Jr. Intense numbers, like the deep-in-the-pocket “Backyard Groove” and the light-footed, lightning-speed “Chasing the Wind,” find Garrett pushing his horn to its raw-throated sonic limits while providing a particularly vivid showcase for bassist Corcoran Holt, who navigates the relentless pace with intuitive agility.

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