Celebrate the incomparable jazz pianist Kenny Barron in his 80th birthday year!
This exquisite collaboration between Kenny Barron and Dave Holland expands on the fruitful relationship forged by the two jazz icons with the seamless addition of the masterful young drummer, Johnathan Blake. Separated in age by only three years, Kenny Barron and Dave Holland—both honored as NEA Jazz Masters—represent an impressive spectrum of jazz history between them. The Philadelphia-born pianist Barron apprenticed with such giants as Dizzy Gillespie and Yusef Lateef before collaborating with the likes of Stan Getz, Ron Carter, Buster Williams and Regina Carter. The British bassist Holland came to prominence in groundbreaking groups led by such legends as Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Betty Carter, and Anthony Braxton—as well as collaborations with the likes of Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Jack DeJohnette and John McLaughlin. Johnathan Blake, hailing from Barron’s hometown of Philadelphia, first worked with him as a teenager. Blake has collaborated with Pharoah Sanders, Ravi Coltrane, Linda May Han Oh, Jaleel Shaw, Chris Potter, Maria Schneider and countless other distinctive voices in jazz.
“Barron must be among the most technically complete pianists in jazz today…, while Holland’s full, warm tone and firmness of line are magnificent. As for Blake, his command of time is quite unbelievable – tricky and playful but accurate to the millisecond.” –THE GUARDIAN (UK)
Pianos by Steinway & Sons | A Faircloth Jazz Series Performance