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Kenny Garrett

And Sounds from the Ancestors
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Kenny Garrett

And Sounds from the Ancestors

Friday, February 23, 2024—8:00pm

Friday, February 23, 2024—8:00pm
Orchestra Hall
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One of modern jazz’s brightest and most influential living masters, Kenny Garrett’s latest project sees the saxophonist “at the top of his game” (Glide Magazine). Garrett returns to Detroit to perform his new album, Sounds from the Ancestors, recalling the sounds of West African music and its roots within the rich jazz, R&B, and gospel music of his hometown.

With his illustrious career that includes hallmark stints with Miles Davis, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, Woody Shaw, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Kenny Garrett possesses a sound that places him in the vanguard of his field.

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Kenny Garrett

alto saxophone

Kenny Garrett’s latest release, Sounds from the Ancestors, is a multi-faceted album. The music, however, doesn’t lodge inside the tight confines of the jazz idiom, which is not surprising considering the alto saxophonist and composer acknowledges the likes of Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye as significant touchstones. Similar to how Miles Davis’s seminal LP, On the Corner, subverted its main guiding lightsJames Brown, Jimi Hendrix, and Sly Stonethen crafted its own unique, polyrhythmic, groove-laden, improv-heavy universe, Sounds from the Ancestors occupies its own space with intellectual clarity, sonic ingenuity, and emotional heft.

“The concept initially was about trying to get some of the musical sounds that I remembered as a kid growing upsounds that lift your spirit from people like John Coltrane's A Love Supreme; Aretha Franklin's Amazing Grace, Marvin Gaye's What’s Going On, and the spiritual side of the church,” Garrett explains. “When I started to think about them, I realized it was the spirit from my ancestors.”

Indeed, Sounds from the Ancestors reflects the rich jazz, R&B, and gospel history of his hometown of Detroit. More important though, it also reverberates with a modern cosmopolitan vibrancynotably the inclusion of music coming out of France, Cuba, Nigeria, and Guadeloupe.

With his illustrious career that includes hallmark stints with Miles Davis, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, Donald Byrd, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, as well as a heralded career as a solo artist that began more than 30 years ago, Garrett is easily recognized as one of modern jazz’s brightest and most influential living masters. And with the marvelous Sounds from the Ancestors, the Grammy Award-winning Garrett shows no signs of resting on his laurels.

Trevor Watkis

piano

Rudy Bird

percussion

Corcoran Holt

bass

Ronald Bruner

drums

Melvis Santa

vocals & piano

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