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Jazz - Released March 4, 2016 | Universal Music Division Decca Records France

Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama
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Jazz - Released November 3, 2006 | ENJA RECORDS Matthias Winckelmann

Distinctions The Qobuz Standard
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Jazz - Released January 1, 1986 | ENJA RECORDS Matthias Winckelmann

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Jazz - Released September 19, 2008 | ENJA RECORDS Matthias Winckelmann

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Jazz - Released March 6, 2020 | Dare2 Records

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In 2014, producer Jean-Philippe Allard had the bright idea of getting Kenny Barron and Dave Holland in the studio together. They were longtime friends but they had never tried out playing together in a duo. The American pianist and English double bassist ended up making the wonderful and well-named The Art of Conversation, published with Impulse! Six years later, and this art of the conversation continues with a new member: drummer Jonathan Blake, 30 years their junior. The trio unveils an impeccably high-voltage project, dominated by the art of listening as well as a certain sense of good taste. Every month, there are heapfuls of piano/drum/double-bass albums released, but this one stands out by means of its emphasis on improvisation without looking to revolutionize a format which is in no particular rush to be revolutionized. An album absolutely filled with beauty, as on Duke Ellington’s Warm Valley where Barron’s technique is astoundingly precise and refined. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

Jazz - Released October 18, 2019 | Sunnyside

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1994 | Universal Music Division Decca Records France

Kenny Barron began to impact the jazz scene in 1961, gigging briefly with reedman Yusef Lateef. He then spent nearly five years with Dizzy Gillespie's group before working with Freddie Hubbard and later rejoining Lateef. He is generally considered a great consolidator rather than an innovator, and his reputation as a world-class mainstream player has grown slowly but steadily over the years. Wanton Spirit further establishes him as a leader and teams him with bebop legend Roy Haynes on drums and Charlie Haden on bass. The early influences of Tatum, Powell, Monk, plus the melodic lines of Tommy Flanagan, the pentatonic harmony of McCoy Tyner, and the rhythmic fluidity of Herbie Hancock have all been thoroughly absorbed by Barron. Dizzy Gillespie's triumphal anthem "BeBop" is not taken at its traditionally frantic tempo; instead its components are decelerated and deconstructed -- revealing in its melody and harmony a hauntingly unstable edge. Barron gives us lyrical ballad interpretations of Tom Harrell's beautiful "Sail Away," Strayhorn's "Passion Flower," and Victor Lewis' "Loss of a Moment." His solo piano rendition of Ellington's "Melancholia" is gorgeous. This talented pianist's humility is evident in his choice of the title track, a composition penned by his student Earl McDonald. As a whole, Wanton Spirit is meticulously recorded, although the studio separation, coupled with digital recording and editing, can make the session sound almost too pristine -- lacking the warmth of a live performance. And though his work is masterful, Barron's playing sometimes frustrates critics since his own personal style is not always simply and readily identifiable. If one listens deeply, though, there is much to savor. © Lee Bloom /TiVo
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Jazz - Released May 4, 2018 | Blue Note

Following his sublime Book Of Intuition released in 2016 with bass player Kiyoshi Kitagawa and drummer Johnathan Blake, Kenny Barron is expanding his trio with tenor saxophonist Dayna Stephens and trumpeter Mike Rodriguez. The elegance, intelligence, refinement and perfect swing of the pianist are well-known, and for his first entry with the label Blue Note, the artist from Philadelphia now based in New York finds additional inspiration in the ardour of his accomplices. For these Concentric Circles, Barron opted for a repertoire mainly centred around his own compositions, complemented by Caetano Veloso’s Aquele frevo axe, drummer Lenny White’s L's Bop, and Thelonious Monk’s Reflections. His quintet firmly bites into a hard-bop style, at times punctuated with Latino rhythms. More than anything, it’s the spontaneity of interventions and the fluidity of exchanges between the five men that make this album so enjoyable. None of them tried to reinvent the wheel, just make high-level jazz, without grandstanding or using frills. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released December 4, 2019 | Dare2 Records

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Jazz - Released February 11, 2020 | Dare2 Records

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Jazz - Released August 26, 2008 | Sunnyside

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2016 | SteepleChase

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Bebop - Released June 6, 1990 | Kenny Barron The Only One

Standards galore, each played with care, artistry, and brilliance by the Kenny Barron trio. If there must be continued recording of "Love For Sale" and "Surrey With The Fringe On Top," then these are the people to do it. © Ron Wynn /TiVo
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Jazz - Released January 1, 1991 | Concord Records

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Jazz - Released January 28, 2009 | Timeless Records

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1991 | Candid Productions

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Jazz - Released January 4, 2008 | UPTOWN JAZZ

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2001 | Verve

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1996 | Universal Music Division Decca Records France

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Jazz - Released June 29, 2015 | Candid Productions Ltd.