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Saxophonist Kenny Garrett Celebrates Release of Pushing the World Away with Performances at The Iridium - December 6-8 Winner of the 2013 DownBeat Reader's Poll Alto Saxophonist of the Year
(Published: November 05, 2013)

Saxophonist Kenny Garrett is scheduled to perform at The Iridium from Friday, December 6 to Sunday, December 8 at 8:30 & 10:30PM. Garrett is celebrating the recent release of his third Mack Avenue Records album, Pushing the World Away and will be joined by pianist Vernell Brown, bassist Corcoran Holt, drummer McClenty Hunter, and percussionist Rudy Bird.

For Pushing the World Away, alto/soprano saxophonist/composer/bandleader Garrett literally had to "push away" a steady flow of distractions to get to the inner core of the album, shifting priorities in his schedule, and diving deep into the essence of the music. As the late Mulgrew Miller, his close friend for many years, noted in a DownBeat feature on the saxophonist last year: "Kenny has always had a great sound from the beginning. He had his own unique sound, but [thanks to his compositions] that sound has transformed into a more captivating and lyrical voice."

"I'm always writing, so coming up with the music wasn't a problem," says Garrett, who is arguably the most imitated alto saxophone player in jazz. "But I had been traveling a lot with my band, and I don't rehearse new material on tour. Yet to record an album requires a lot of preparation and to conceptualize the music I had to push away to receive the blessings and gifts from these songs."

Presently, Garrett's core working/touring band is comprised of pianist Vernell Brown, bassist Corcoran Holt and drummer McClenty Hunter. Brown and Hunter are both musicians who have graduated of the informal Kenny Garrett School of Music, which has also included star players such as Brian Blade, Chris Dave, Ronald Bruner, and Jamire Williams, among others. Garrett also expanded his basic quartet to quintet with percussionist Rudy Bird. "Rudy adds a lot to the band," Garrett says. "He too used to play with Miles and he adds so much to the music."

In last year's DownBeat article, Garrett said, "You want to see growth in each album you record." That's certainly the case with Pushing the World Away, his 17th album as a leader, which captures the 52-year-old artist at the peak of his creative abilities, both as a saxophonist and as a composer who is committed to clearing the path so that he can delve deeply into his indelible art. Garrett was also named "Alto Saxophonist of the Year" in the DownBeat Readers Poll.

More Information: http://kennygarrett.com


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