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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 April 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B000002NEN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,583 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Detroit alto saxophonist's rapport with his regularly touring sidemen shows through here, intuitively partnered by the now-departed Kenny Kirkland (piano), Nat Reeves (bass) and Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums). The songbook of the title is Garrett's, the whole album devoted to his own compositions. The actual themes are closely entwined with the ascending journey made by each player's individual solos, the disc coming across as a series of upward swings, violent releases and contemplative mustering of forces for the next graph curve climb. "2 Down & 1 Across" is a suitably motorised opener, Kirkland attacking his keys with percussive relish, then feeling more easy-going for "November 15", striding rather than running. It's back to the bustle during "Wooden Steps", its cascading hyperactivity powered by Tain's whirling stick-storm. One of the highest pitches of intensity is achieved by Garrett's live favourite "Sing A Song Of Song", reaching up to a veritable jugular-popping peak, then recuperating with the soulful "Brother Hubbard", coasting around a bossa nova beach on "Ms. Baja". The key concept is always dynamics, Garrett acutely aware of how to manipulate the listener's mood, from a dreamy sway to a sudden unbalancing act. --Martin Longley

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jan. 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you already know Garrett's work, this will delight; if you haven't come across this master before, then this disc is a marvellous statement of where modern jazz has reached, and where it should be heading.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "acousticbeauty" on 5 Aug. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I love Kenny Garrett, and this album is an excellent showcase of his playing. However, the material is his original work and he is not as strong a songwriter as he is a player. He is the master of the riff (Sing a Song of Song) but melodically he is a little weak. You won't be humming the tunes all day, but they are such a short part of each track, it doesn't really matter. The playing is generally very good, more funky than on 'Persuance', though not as deep. I also find, as a bass player, that Nat Reeves is a slightly weak link here, but most people wouldn't notice that.
Better than most jazz out there, I'm just a hard woman to please! I do enjoy the album, but I find it short of five stars. If you want to buy just one album by Kenny, buy Persuance.
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Clearly one of the Better Albums Of the 1990s Decade 31 Aug. 2002
By Adam Janjigian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Although I am merely a 19-year-old, I have spent the last 9 years living, learning, and breathing jazz. About a year ago, I had known who Kenny Garrett was but had not heard any of his music. It was at this point that a friend of mine played me "Songbook". About a week later, I had this album in my possession.
Ever since I have had this album, I have not been able to stop listening to it.
Each track provides a different ambience, in such away that alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett, along with fellow performers Nat Reeves on bass, Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums, and the late Kenny Kirkland on piano, is trying to tell a story or perhaps bring the listener on a journey.
Every solo taken by both Garrett and Kirkland is captivating, both with Kirkland's more mainstream, and Garrett's eastern influences evident at parts.
The tunes on "Songbook", all of which are Garrett originals, each possess their own unique feel and characteristics, everything from A funk tune, to syncopated swing, to eastern-influence, to a modified blues, to ballads.
This album clearly deserves 5 stars! There are no flaws in any part of the recording; clearly the former Miles Davis saxophone player's best work!!!
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A Monster CD from a Monster musician 21 Jan. 2004
By R. J. Marsella - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Kenny Garrett is one of those rare musicians who consistently amazes whether playng his own compositions as he does here or working out on standards. Garrett has a clean distinct tone and can be melodic one minute and downright explosive the next. On this recording he is accompanied by the incredible Kenny Kirkland on piano and the two of them create some unforgettable moments. My personal favorite is the funky Brother Hubbard but that's just today. Each track here has something to offer and there is a wide variety in terms of mood and feel. Garrett's more recent CD Standard Of Language is one of my absolute favorites but this is right up there as well. Kenny Garrett is a huge talent and I will be checking out anything he releases from here on out.
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Masterpiece!!!! 16 Oct. 2004
By R. Albrecht - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I discovered Kenny through some late records of Miles Davis. On Davis' "Live around the world" he did something on "Human nature" that just blew my mind! So I bought some records of this Saxophone Colossus and I surely wasn't disappointed. I think Songbook is his best album so far. 10 tracks and every single one remains in your ear for quite some time, whit Sing a song of song as the ultimate highlight! Mellow and funky altogether? This song proves that these adjectives can go together. I'm surely not the first to tell you: A MUST HAVE!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I REALLY mean it! 28 Jan. 2000
By heavydluxe@hotmail.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Wow. One word can say a lot sometimes. And that is certainly true in this case. Garrett is a forceful player, and he is in full flight on this album. These tunes are sure to become the standards of the future jam sessions. Melodies like the VERY catchy "Sing a Song of Song" and the complex licks of "2 Down" show Garrett as a formidable, young composer.
His alto playing, you ask? Other worldly comes to mind. A powerhouse of musical ideas, Garretts horn weaves though bebop runs and strange "Eastern" sounding scales with a sense of melody and groove that are hard to beat. His timing and emotion are incredible, building almost every solo to the breaking point... A man truly in command of his horn, you get the sincere impression that whatever he hears is what he plays.
The backup boys are on fire as well, as one might guess from veteran (read "star") sidemen like Kenny Kirkland and Tain Watts. The listener gets the sense that everyone's ears are locked in to the vibe, all parts working as one. The only downside here is that a CD can only hold 74 minutes of music. The playing on this album is so fresh, that you honestly believe the ideas could and WOULD flow for days on end.
If you are a saxophonist, YOU MUST buy this. If you are a jazz fan, YOU MUST buy this. I do believe that this is a future landmark recording...
Just an extra note... Kenny Kirkland's fierce fingers on the piano will move you on this album. It is sobering to think about what was yet to come from this awesome pianist when his life was ended so abruptly. Doctone, we miss you...
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
great modern jazz 11 May 2006
By sam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is an outstanding CD. A criticism of many comtemporary players is that they all sound similiar. Not true of KG. His alto--sound and phrasing--is easily identifiable. His unique voice is heard here on a CD featuring his own songs. The songs are tuneful and not simply blowing vehicles. A lot of beautiful tunes, and a nice mix of smoking burners and ballads. SPecial props to the band. 'Tain Watts always keeps things swinging and exciting. (note: A recent CD featuring Watts and Garrett--Watts' "Live at the Blue Note") is also highly recommended.
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