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Kenny Garrett: Live at J&R Music World 10.11.08

Kenny Garrett

Kenny Garrett visited Afternoon Jazz this weekend, as he celebrated his recent release, Sketches of MD, on Mack Avenue Records.  Kenny brought a young group to the Iridium last week, and to J&R Music World on Saturday:  Cory Henry on Hammond B-3 organ; electric bassist Kona Khashu, and drummer Justin Brown.  Monifa Brown hosted the concert and interview.  Click here to listen.

A bonus photo from WBGO's Thurston Briscoe after the jump.
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The J&R Stage for Kenny Garrett
Here's a photograph of the very crowded J&R stage for Kenny Garrett. Thanks to the WBGO production team for the lovely stagecraft.

On the Scene - Trio 3 and Geri Allen at Jazz Standard

Trio 3 and Geri Allen

Despite the name, Trio 3 - saxophonist/flutist Oliver Lake, bassist Reggie Workman, and drummer Andrew Cyrille - are anything but redundant. All are stalwarts of improvised music, each a master on their respective instrument. They just finished a run at Jazz Standard with special guest, pianist Geri Allen.
Saturday night, the quartet opened their second set with Oliver Lake's original, "Valley Sketches." Lake commanded the full range of his alto saxophone - from growling exhortations to charismatic high register shouts. Other highlights included Allen's "Thank You, Ma'am," and Reggie Workman's "November 1."

As much I as concentrate on the music, I am equally fascinated with the audience that attends music shows. While there were definitely some fans of the cerebral architecture onstage, this music was an initiation ritual for others. After all, Saturday night is a date night. I watched a youngish couple before the set, eating and drinking, smiling and enjoying each other's company. The blissful oblivion ended minutes after the music began. The further the music went, the farther the couple's intimacy seemed to migrate.

Don't get me wrong. I never blame the musicians. They do what they do. Trio 3 and Geri Allen may not be music to snuggle to, but it definitely feeds the brain. Music for a date night? Not really, unless your companion is an adventurous listener. Finding that special someone is never easy, but always worth the search. Same with the music.
-Josh