A big influence on Immanuel Wilkins - one of the hottest new generation players around on the US scene today and of course a jazz history maker with Miles Davis and fantastic live - Kenny Garrett's Who Killed AI? out in April will surely be one of the most talked about - and listened to - releases.
We have a few more details about what's in store.
The album to be released on the US Mack Avenue label was recorded mostly in Garrett’s New Jersey living room, Garrett collaborating with Svoy - aka Misha Tarasov, who goes way back with Garrett as Svoy appeared as a singer on a track on 2012’s Seeds From the Underground, and wrote a string arrangement for 'Brother Brown,' on 2013 Garrett album Pushing the World Away. Here he is credited as contributing ''programming, vocals and piano''. There are no other artist personnel involved on the album, the vast majority of the tracks are Garrett compositions. He says in pre-release publicity: “The first two songs are really reminiscent of Miles. The way I’m stretching the melody — that’s how I played with Miles.”
Garrett, now 63, was with Miles from 1987-91 and on the new album track 'Ascendence,' Garrett even does an impression of Miles’ gravelly speaking voice and wordplays on a classic Bitches Brew track by entitling one of the new album's tracks 'Miles Running Down AI'. The altoist's last album was 2021's Sounds From the Ancestors which was his first album in 5 years. On the upcoming release Garrett is mostly on alto sax but plays soprano sax on the electronic laden 'Divergence Tu-dah,' and also covers Rodgers & Hart’s 'My Funny Valentine' using a drum and bass beat. We'll update this story by sharing any available tracks released by the label ahead of the release when made available. Kenny Garrett, photo: Evelyn Freja