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Kenny Garrett: Songbook

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Garrett explores ten originals in this album. His alto saxophone sound is intense and passionate and suggests that Sonny Fortune may have been one of his models. But certain tunes and performances have a Coltrane-ish cast, too: “2 Down & 1 Across,” “Wooden Steps” and “Brother Hubbard.” The lyrical “Ms. Baja” and the ballads “She Waits for the New Sun” and “Before It’s Time to Say Goodbye” offer Garrett’s unsentimental romantic side.

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