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Kenny Barron & Mulgrew Miller: The Art of the Piano Duo – Live (Groovin’ High)

Kenny Barron teaches by simply playing piano duets with his students. The late Mulgrew Miller, 12 years Barron’s junior, was closer to peer than student (and taught at New Jersey’s William Paterson University while Barron was teaching at Rutgers). Nevertheless, the three summits compiled on the wonderful The Art of Piano Duo – Live add … Read More “Kenny Barron & Mulgrew Miller: The Art of the Piano Duo – Live (Groovin’ High)”

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Kenny Barron Quintet: Concentric Circles (Blue Note)

Kenny Barron has never had anything going for himself except excellence. He is neither charismatic nor flamboyant. Perhaps because his mastery of modern mainstream jazz piano is so comprehensive, he has been more admired than loved. He has also transcended the flaws and mannerisms that humanize lesser piano players. While excellence usually prevails, and while … Read More “Kenny Barron Quintet: Concentric Circles (Blue Note)”

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Kenny Barron: At the Piano

Launched in 1975 by Don Schlitten, Xanadu Records released more than 100 LPs through 1986, including more than 40 reissues of archival material from the ’40s and ’50s. The high quality of the releases likely owed to Schlitten’s intimate involvement with the label, as he often “produced and directed” sessions, designed covers and wrote liner … Read More “Kenny Barron: At the Piano”

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Kenny Barron/Dave Holland: The Art of Conversation

There are conversations meant solely for the ears of those involved, full of jocular camaraderie and inside references. And then there are those designed to be overheard, where the dialogue is meant to engage and enlighten anyone who is listening in as well as the speakers themselves. With a musical relationship dating back nearly three … Read More “Kenny Barron/Dave Holland: The Art of Conversation”

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Kenny Barron: Kenny Barron & the Brazilian Knights

That pianist Kenny Barron is a lover of Brazilian music is not news. He came up in the ’60s-and with Dizzy Gillespie, for Pete’s sake. Brazilian Knights, featuring Barron and a Brazilian sextet at a 2012 session in Rio das Ostras, is his third full-length recording of that music, a typically masterful effort that shines … Read More “Kenny Barron: Kenny Barron & the Brazilian Knights”

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