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For Art's Sake streams as details of August's West African-rooted Sounds From the Ancestors, Kenny Garrett's first album in 5 years, are released

Including a tribute to Roy Hargrove and a homage to the black church Mack Avenue are to release Sounds From the Ancestors, iconic alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett's first album in 5 years, later this summer. The label quotes Garrett who explains …

Published: 18 Jun 2021. Updated: 35 days.

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Including a tribute to Roy Hargrove and a homage to the black church Mack Avenue are to release Sounds From the Ancestors, iconic alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett's first album in 5 years, later this summer.

The label quotes Garrett who explains that the upcoming album “examines the roots of West African music in the framework of jazz, gospel, Motown, hip-hop, and all other genres that have descended from jùjú and Yoruban music. It’s crucial to acknowledge the ancestral roots in the sounds we’ve inhabited under the aesthetics of Western music.”

In personnel there is continuum with Do Your Dance as pianist Vernell Brown, Jr., bassist Corcoran Holt, drummer Ronald Bruner and percussionist Rudy Bird are on the upcoming record. And they go back a long time with Garrett on the road.

Hearing Garrett live at a blistering show in London's Soho basement shrine Pizza Express Jazz Club as long ago as 2012, for example, Garrett's rapport with Brown and Holt were significant and remain so. That was one of the best jazz club show performances in more than 30 years of writing about jazz that I have been privileged to witness.

Guests include legendary Return to Forever icon drummer Lenny White pianist/organist Johnny Mercier, trumpeter Maurice Brown, conguero Pedrito Martinez, batá percussionist Dreiser Durruthy and singers Dwight Trible, Jean Baylor, Linny Smith, Chris Ashley Anthony and Sheherazade Holman.

Detroiter Garrett, 60, who first shot to jazz stardom at the time of late-period Miles Davis meshing marvellously with Miles and who has become influential on a new generation of leaders including notably the formidable Immanuel Wilkins, plays piano and sings in some album passages in addition to leading from the sax. On the 'For Art’s Sake' track streaming ahead of release Garrett pays homage to not only Art Blakey but the late Tony Allen via Afrobeat rhythm and conga call. SG. Kenny Garrett, photo: Hollis King

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Nathaniel Cross, Charge it to the Game, First Word ****

The first track to stream from trombonist Nathaniel Cross' debut solo EP The Description Is Not The Described is a sunny slice of positivity featuring fluent improvising and a strong theme. The brother of Sons of Kemet tuba player Theon Cross, …

Published: 17 Jun 2021. Updated: 36 days.

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The first track to stream from trombonist Nathaniel Cross' debut solo EP The Description Is Not The Described is a sunny slice of positivity featuring fluent improvising and a strong theme.

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The brother of Sons of Kemet tuba player Theon Cross, Nathaniel, the most invigorating trombonist rising up to emerge on the UK jazz scene since Dennis Rollins first surfaced with Courtney Pine, and on fine form at the beginning of June in Camilla George's band at Camden's Jazz Cafe, studied at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and is best known for his work with drummer Moses Boyd. There isn't a full personnel available that I've seen. I'll do an update in a later post when I learn these details. The track however also has a fine trumpet solo. Nathaniel's style in terms of timbral command, personality, and prodigious technique sits a little alongside the mighty Harry Brown's. Superb writing and playing throughout. Link to the track

Nathaniel Cross, top. Photo: Bandcamp