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Pursuance: The Music Of John Coltrane

Kenny Garrett Audio CD
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For his third Mack Avenue Records release, Pushing the World Away, alto/soprano saxophonist, composer/bandleader Kenny Garrett literally had to “push away” a steady flow of distractions to get to the inner core of the album, shifting priorities in his schedule and diving deep into the essence of the music.

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  • Audio CD (5 Jan 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B000002N69
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,050 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Dear Lord 5:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Lonnie's Lament 5:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. After The Rain 7:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Like Sonny 6:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Pursuance 6:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Alabama 6:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Giant Steps (Pursuance) 3:230.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Latifa 5:480.79  Buy MP3 

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Detroit-born alto saxophonist Garrett first stepped out with Mercer Ellington's orchestra in 1978, but really came of age playing for Miles Davis a decade later. This was his third Warners album, with all but one tune spurting from Coltrane's improvisatory flashfire. Garrett's chief foil throughout is guitarist Pat Metheny, the quartet completed by bassist Rodney Whitaker and drummer Brian Blade. "Countdown" sets off immediately on a probing race, a typically marathon Garrett solo, drums splashing and pounding around him, split into separate speakers in the old-fashioned way. "Equinox" adopts an easier pace, initially restful, with Metheny smoothing over the ruffles, but again building up to an overblowing intensity. The guitarist enters "Lonnie's Lament" with a screaming solo, emitting a nervier pitch from his synth array than is sometimes the case. "After The Rain" suspends its introductory cry for virtually the complete course, Garrett eternally hanging, never resolving, with Metheny coaxing uncanny harp-like shards from between his strings, once again contributing a siren solo to the closing "Latifa", the album's only non-Coltrane exception, bowing out with a Siamese-twinned alto/guitar squeal. Given that Garrett's latest opus, Simply Said, is somewhat mellow and meandering by comparison, it's probably wise to delve back a few years for this and 1997's Songbook. --Martin Longley

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album 5 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
I love Kenny Garrett's playing, great use of rhythm, melody and emotion, and this must rank as the best album he has done. A stroke of genius to use Pat Metheney (I'm not usually a fan of his) instead of a pianist.
This album has no tracks you skip through, it's a masterpiece from beginning to end, having said that, don't be put off by the fiery torrent in track 1, the rest of the album is very different, melodic, soulful and powerful, the band really click and it's a pleasure and a delight to listen to this album.
I would say that if you have a few jazz albums and you want to delve into the more serious/hardcore side of jazz this is an excellent next step. Even people who aren't into jazz have asked me for the name of the album, the track Lonnie's Lament is my favourite! Full of climactic emotion. A must-have jazz album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No mortuary monument 25 Mar 2004
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Kenny Garrett has always had that soulful energy in his playing which makes him the one to do a Trane tribute; with his horn he can set your speakers ablaze! On this record he acquits himself earnestly of the task, but with a smile too, which isn't a contradiction at all. The overall sound of his band is flexible and modern. This quartet and the classic Coltrane one are in the proportion of a clever, Japanese petrol engine to a droning, German diesel engine, whereby one needs not be necessarily superior to the other. Brian Blade and Rodney Whitaker are a fine tandem; the polyrhythmic bravura of the drummer is anchored by the dark wood of the bass player. Solo space is divided quite equally between Pat Metheny and Kenny Garrett.
After repeated listening the idea crossed my mind that this album appears to be a suite, rather Than a compilation of arbitrary numbers. I perceive a distinct coherence, a progress from track to track. The cycle represents a spiritual development, like entering a chapel and approaching the Holy of Holies (tracks 1-5), kneeling down (track 6) and then leaving backwards (tracks 7-11).
A duo for alto and drums, 'Countdown', makes up a light-footed prelude; the tempo is up, but the feel is relaxed.
In 'Equinox', an unmistakable Coltrane blues, Garrett builds up his solo carefully over 7 chorusses; spicey and colourful harmonies from Metheny, who takes 6 for his.
'Liberia' starts off with a 'little prayer', whereupon the band breaks out in some hard-core swinging: freely and youthfully.
'Dear Lord' is so clear and fresh, like a calm and sunny winter-morning, it could cure you from a fit of migraine!
'Lonnie's lament' is a high point among high points.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Tribute to a Master 23 Nov 2000
By Tony
Format:Audio CD
This is a great CD kenny is in great company, with him is Pat Metheny on Guitar, Rodney Whitaker on Bass & Brian Blade on Drums, if you are not familar with the Ex Miles Davis Sax player, then you are in for a treat, if you like John Coltrane then you will love this CD, stand out tracks are Alabama & After the rain, all tracks are written by John Coltrane, except the last track, which is a joint venture by all four of them, if you like great jazz music you will love this, this is kennys best so far
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true masterpiece 7 Jun 2012
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There is nothing new I can tell about Kenny Garrett, Pat Metheny and the other musicians in this album, nor there is anything new I can write about the album itself, a lot of people, amateurs like myself or established critics have said and written it all.
I will limit myself to tell you of a small fool's errand I went on by myself while trying to write something about this album.
The urge derives primarily from Lonnie's Lament, a tune that is exactly the type of ballad, of tune that will make me cry and will make me spend weeks listening to it obsessively, trying to learn each note played by each instrument, and when I say learn don't think of me as some sort of accomplished musician, I am not a musician I know nothing about music, i just like to listen to the tune and follow every time a different instrument. And I must also admit that to me this one tune together with Equinox is the entire album, I tend to get fixated with one or two tunes and obsess about those while I neglect the rest of the album, maybe for years.
Back to the fool's errand, I was trying to find a translation for the italian word "struggent", which is the word that Lonnie's Lament evokes. To make a very long story short, I couldn't find a valid translation but I also had the opportunity to review the true meaning and origin of "struggente".
I found a funny word I didn't know, "schmaltzy", which has nothing to do with this album and eventually I think the title says it all: Lonnie's Lament. this is a lament and it's so tormented, so deep, so strong, i can't help it, my eyes will fill with tears and my mind will run to the darkest harder moments of my life, like when you have a mouth ulcer and you can't help it, your tongue will keep going back to it and touch it, causing a sharp pain.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem! 14 Sep 2005
By P. Deunet - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A CD that combines Kenny Garrett and Pat Metheny plus Brian Blade is too good to pass up. Please get this, it'll leave you breathless -doesn't matter if you're a devoted Trane fan -what makes this recording so unique is the artistry of the musicians, who not only pay their dues to one of the greatest jazz composers and improvisers that ever lived but combine their efforts to take John Coltrane's music a step further.

Isn't that what Coltrane always wanted in the first place, to have younger jazzcats play and feel the music he crafted and perform it in their own way?

This is jazz at its best -both classic and contemporary.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy tribute 31 Jan 2004
By R. J. Marsella - Published on Amazon.com
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While clearly paying homage to Coltrane Kenny Garrett is such a huge talent that he creates something here that is uniquely his own. Never imitative the tunes have the spirit of Coltrane's versions while incorporating a bright texture that centers on Garrett's alto but is certainly enhanced by the addition of Pat Methany. Brian Blades is amazing as always. This guy is Max Roach and Tony Williams in one package. What a drummer ! Overall this is a very fine collection and Garrett can play both melodically sweet and on the edge in a way that makes him one of this eras finest jazz musicians. Highly recommended.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real Kenny G 20 July 2003
By Emmanuel A. Idowu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
My homeboy DAMN! right I'm from the "D". This CD's a beautiful because it pays homage not only to great artist but, a great person. It tripped me out because I never would imagine this CD with a Alto saxophone. Trane played Tenor on most of the songs selected but, Kenny is that deal. If anyone could pull off this feat it was Kenny. He should have was a Grammy for this but, they never show Detroit cats love anyway. His interpretation of Equinox and Lonnie's Lament with Pat Metheny's solos highlight the album. On top of that he has another homeboy on the bass my man Rodney Whitaker who nothing short of brilliant. I gotta put this out there. The real jazzheads know who Kenny G is. Not the white cat form Washington state. This has been one of the best Alto players for many years. I believe his is respected but, he still is slept on. This guy keeps dropping solid CD's and making guest appearances. What I like about him best is his live performances. I was blessed with the opportunity to see him this spring in Detroit play with a couple of locals LOL! None other than Geri Allen, Ali Muhummad Jackson, Robert Hurst and their teacher the great Marcus Belgrave. This was the best jazz performance I've seen. This album and any album Kenny records are must haves.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Valliant Effort from an All Star Ensemble 28 Oct 2004
By C. Graham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album is among my favorites of Kenny Garrett's. Though a lot of people mistake this album as an attempt to copy John Coltrane's music, one has to understand the remarkable similarities between Garrett and Coltrane. They have each developed a similar harmonic concept and melodic approach to their playing (however, Garrett obviously was simply another student of Coltrane, like all saxophone players...).

There was no doubt in my mind that Garrett was up to the task of playing Coltrane's music when I bought the CD, because he's pretty much the undisputed champion of the alto saxophone, but I was really impressed by the rest of the group in matching the force and imagination that was behind Garrett's playing.

First of all, Pat Metheny assumes the roll of McCoy Tyner as the accompanist. This is an unsusal setting for the guitarist, but he does an amazing job of laying back, although almost too much at times. Tyner was agressive and intense while staying out of the way of Coltrane. I read a review saying that Metheny was wrong for spraying his "Cheeze Whiz" guitar synth sound all over this record. I felt I had to respond. The effects (which were used sparingly) allow the sound of Metheny's guitar to match the intensity of Garrett's tone, and I fell it works beautifully. Metheny also plays his 42-string Pikasso guitar, adding to the creativity. Garrett hired Pat Metheny for a reason: because he's freaking PAT METHENY man! No one else could have done as good a job, and the use of guitar over piano forced innovation onto the quartet.

The rest of the quartet holds it down as well. Rodney Whitaker (bass) is just the rock of the whole group. He lays an amazing foundation for improvisation. I really like listening to Brian Blade's playing on the record as well because he's still getting to where he is now (check out Directions in Music...) but he's well on his way. I also think that its cool how he dropped a beat coming out of a fill into the head on Countdown. Its not cool that he messed up so much as it is that they didn't go all 'digital' and fix it. They keep it totally real on this album, and its definitely worth checking out.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for Metheny 13 Mar 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Any self respecting saxophone player attempting to address the music of John Coltrane has to be either a very brave soul, a total egomaniac or crazy. It seems that for the most part, Garrett fits into the brave soul category. There are times he almost transcends the material to find things of his own in this most familiar of saxophone based music. But the real genius here is guitarist Pat Metheny, who track after track finds a way to deal with Trane's music entirely on his own terms. Not one *lick* here, just pure melodic and rhythmic invention. And his comping throughout the record finds a way to suggest a Tyner like vibe without bludgeoning Garrett with needless harmonic information. The rhythm section is functional but one has to wish that a stronger bass player like Dave Holland had been there. Also, it would have been fantastic to have the actual Elvin Jones there since he is still around and playing as good as ever. In the end, Garrett impresses with his technique, but for the soul and spirit of creativity that the name John Coltrane invokes, this is Metheny's record; especially on the tracks Lonnie's Lament and the collective improv that ends the record.
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