Disk of 2023 > [Archived] Jazz
Kenny Barron – "The Source" - Jazzy hour, the 21st of March 2023
At 19 years old, Kenny Barron had already been a master of piano when he arrived in New York, in 1962. After spending five years with Dizzy Gillespie, he accumulated the influences that he needed in order to forge his own musical path. In 2023, we listen to him in full form, on his first solo piano album recorded after almost 40 years. "The Source"embodies his dynamic, urban style in a way that helps us notice the elegance and warmth. The moments when he touches the piano tiles delicately do not diminish his force of expression and strong and skilful improvisation, and the repertoire offers us the entire area of expression of a master with an experience spanning six decades.Thelonnius Monk and Duke Ellington are part of the repertoire dominated by original pieces, some of which were previously exhibited in various group formulas.The recital emphasizes the piano in any orchestral context and offers us every subtlety, the virtuosity, experience and expression of a great artist in an admirable foreground.
Translated by Cristina-Paula Grosu,
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I
Corrected by Silvia Petrescu