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Genres: Jazz, Pop
The "other Kenny G" is Kenny Garrett, an alto and soprano saxophonist, has graduated from the top jazz schools in the country: the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Mel Lewis Orchestra, the Freddie Hubbard Quintet, Art Blakey ... more »
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The "other Kenny G" is Kenny Garrett, an alto and soprano saxophonist, has graduated from the top jazz schools in the country: the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Mel Lewis Orchestra, the Freddie Hubbard Quintet, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers and the very last Miles Davis band. He applies the lessons of that education to his mostly acoustic and altogether fine new album, Black Hope. The seven numbers that feature conga drummer Don Alias tend to have a steadier R&B groove, and the album's title cut is a transparent tribute, complete with background chatter and conga groove, to Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On." On these numbers, Garrett uses the tender, wounded sound that was Davis' signature to imitate a gospel soul singer yearning for something just beyond reach. As if that weren't enough, Garrett then puts his vocal-like phrases through countless jazz variations and then invites pianist Kenny Kirland to do the same. On the four tunes where drummer Brian Blade and bassist Charnett Moffett hold down the bottom by themselves, Garrett favors a big, blustery bop sound. On the 10-minute epic blowout "Computer G," and on the brisk reworking of "Bye Bye Blackbird," guest saxophonist Joe Henderson and Garrett both sound romantic and physical even as they're inventing fresh harmonic paths on the spur of the moment. Between the Davis and Henderson approaches, Garrett is able to cover a lot of ground, and he has matured into a major jazz composer. He wrote 11 of the dozen tunes on Black Hope, constructing difficult challenges for his bandmates and each time leading them into the clear. --Jeffrey Himes
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You have to look beneath the groove
Greg Johnson | State College, PA, USA | 09/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The reviewer that wrote "every other track is supermarket noise" did not look very deep into this brilliant recording. Every single note of every single track is deeply thought out, and proves that Garrett can play any style just as well or better than any other sax player.
He shows his incredible viruosity on the first track, tacit dance. He displays his sensitivity on the second track, Spanish-Go-Round. It only gets better from there. This is hard-bop at its greatest. Only ignorance could mistake this man's music for "elavator noise." Listening to this recording 100 times, one can hear something new each time. The incredible thing is the amount of interaction and intellectual content that these men put into each track. Though these pieces may be "groovy", Garrett plays them as though he is playing "Giant Steps" and "Niama." This is truly one of his best recordings."
Probably the most underrated Kenny Garrett album
Ryan McCormack | Morgantown, WV | 02/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Kenny Garrett has been thrust to the top of the jazz world through his recent successes, including SONGBOOK and PURSUANCE:THE MUSIC OF JOHN COLTRANE. Many critics overlook this album as one of his great successes. BLACK HOPE was my first exposure to Kenny, and he has been a great influence on my playing ever since. Kenny burns up the track with legend Joe Henderson on COMPUTER G(check out the trading four section on this one)and BYE BYE BLACKBIRD. I also love his original TACIT DANCE and he rolls off an unbelievable solo on JACKIE AND THE BEANSTALK. A must have album for any Kenny fan."
Certainly worth listening too!!
Jacob Byrd | Rockwall, TX United States | 07/04/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Kenny Garrett is a young sax player that is changing the way the sax is played. Nobody played like him before. He puts his own style in everything. His playing outside has undeveloped jazz ears confussed but for the true jazzman his solos are stunning. He is quite diffrent in that he varies from typical jazz. His title song is a party beat, while his final song Last Sax (named so because he was the last sax to play with Miles Davis) is a bluesy "Davis" feel. This is certainly worth listening to!!"