So you missed Kenny’s two dates at Ronnie Scott’s in London this week? Here’s the consolation prize.
The pianist has new trio partners, Kiyoshi Kitigawa on double bass and Johnathan Blake (seen here not very long ago with the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra).
The whole point of a band like this is not to rewrite the book of jazz, but to rephrase the sentences within it, to finesse a little musical grammar, to punctuate with wit and understanding, to make a note or phrase order more pleasing here, to surprise with a delicious change of direction there, to elicit a smile, a raised eyebrow or a nod from the aficionados of jazz piano trio jazz of the last half century and more.
The band opens with a Brazilian Magic Dance, gets Monkish with Bud Like and really hits its goodtime sweet spot with Cook’s Bay, and In The Slow Lane shoes them at their laid-back bluesy best. Monk’s Shuffle Boil might be tricky to play but these three throw it out with an insouciant air and a deep swing.
The mixture of Barron originals and Monk tunes makes for the kind of well-paced set the trio might play live.
In a word: classy.
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