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  • Audio CD (19 Mar. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mack Avenue
  • ASIN: B006Y4Y84U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,994 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Boogety Boogety
  2. J. Mac
  3. Wiggins
  4. Haynes Here
  5. Detroit
  6. Seeds From The Underground
  7. Du-Wo-Mo
  8. Welcome Earth Song
  9. Ballad Jarrett
  10. Laviso, I Bon?

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Star saxophonist Kenny Garrett's 'Seeds from the Underground', is a powerful return to the straight-ahead, acoustic quartet format that showcases his extraordinary abilities.

Over the course of a stellar career that has spanned more than 30 years, Kenny Garrett has become the preeminent alto saxophonist of his generation. From his first gig with the Duke Ellington Orchestra (led by Mercer Ellington) through his time spent with musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis, Garrett has always brought a vigorous yet melodic, and truly distinctive, alto saxophone sound to each musical situation. As a bandleader for the last two decades, he has also continually grown as a composer.

For Garrett, 'Seeds from the Underground' is a special recording. It consists solely of original compositions, and is truly a homage to those who have inspired and influenced him, both personally and musically. "All of these songs are dedicated to someone," says Garrett. "And the 'seeds' have been planted, directly or indirectly, by people who have been instrumental in my development." Among them are Jackie McLean, Roy Haynes, Marcus Belgrave, Keith Jarrett and Christian Laviso.

Personnel: Kenny Garrett (alto and soprano saxophone, piano), Benito Gonzalez (piano), Nat Reeves (bass), Ronald Bruner (drums), Rudy Bird (bata, percussion), Nedelka Prescod (vocals)

Review

(4 stars) This eloquent and unfailingly hip alto and soprano saxophonist is a proper superstar...his latest album is a peach. -- Evening Standard, (Jack Massarik), March 23, 2012

(4 stars) This is unadorned, classic acoustic jazz from a master on top of his game...buy this. -- Jazzwise, (Andy Robson), April 2012

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By therealus TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 April 2012
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Kenny Garrett's name features as sideman on several of the records in my collection, with Miles, Geri Allen and in Five Peace Band, but this is the first record I've bought under his name.

Boogety Boogety comes in like a storm, fast and Latin-inflected. After nine minutes it fades almost as if unfinished, and at first J Mac could almost be the rest of the tune, except it's lost the Latin beat, though none of the pace and intensity. Wiggins slows things down a little and gives way to a number of tunes featuring vocals. Somehow these don't quite work here, sounding forced and a little shaky, but the piano and drums more than compensate with their solidity. On Detroit though the vocal contribution has settled, and by the time we get to Welcome Earth Song, which features a choral ensemble, that element is much more stable, although it still lacks some of the substance of similar ventures by, say, Steve Coleman (Kabbalah on Lucidarium, for example). But I'm nit-picking. It's good music.

The penultimate track, Ballad Jarrett, sees the band more relaxed and gentle, but the recording reverts to its uptempo theme to end with Laviso, I Bon?

As with the first track, several of the pieces have an upbeat, Latin groove, and Garrett's sax leads from the front, sometimes tuneful, sometimes just making a joyful sound. There's soprano in there, playing the higher registers, whilst much of the alto work is down about as far as it goes. Based on his performances on the other records, expectations were high, and Garrett, and his band, deliver.
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The long awaited new studio album from Detroit Altoist Kenny Garrett is finally here and worth the wait I may add. Garrett doesn't record that often but when he does he normally produces quality which is what we have here in "Seeds from the "Underground".
All tunes are written by Garrett and are influenced by the people that have influenced his career past and present. As always there are good mix of influences ranging from straight ahead jazz and spiritual through to Funk and World influences.
In comparrison to Garrett's last to studio albums,this one is less straight ahead than "Standard of Language" and more harmonically rich than "Beyond the Wall".As always ,Garrett's tone is as full and hard sounding as any altoist on the planet and i also feel there is an attempt to make his approach less boppish and more spiritual on this album. With most of the tunes being lively and spirtual and with a percussionist added to several tracks, this makes for a pleasant,varied and highly enjoyable listening experience.
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I have listened to better albums from Kenny, although I am sure this one will definitely grow on me over time.
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Star saxophonist Kenny Garrett's new album 'Seeds from the Underground', is NOT a powerful return to the straight-ahead, acoustic quartet format AND IT DOES NOT SHOWCASE his abilities. Over the course of a stellar career that has spanned more than 30 years, saxophonist Kenny Garrett IS NO LONGER the preeminent alto saxophonist of his generation - DAVID BINNEY/TIM BERNE/JOHN ZORN/MATANA ROBERTS/STEVE COLEMAN =ARE. 'Seeds from the Underground' is not a special recording. IF it consists solely of original compositions, it is a formated homage to those who have inspired and influenced him, both personally and musically. "All of these songs are dedicated to someone," says Garrett. "And the 'seeds' have been planted, directly or indirectly, by people who have been instrumental in my development." Among them are Jackie McLean, Roy Haynes, Marcus Belgrave, Keith Jarrett and Christian Laviso. Personnel: Kenny Garrett (alto and soprano saxophone, piano), Benito Gonzalez (piano), Nat Reeves (bass), Ronald Bruner (drums), Rudy Bird (bata, percussion), Nedelka Prescod (vocals)
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HASH(0x8dc28864) out of 5 stars Fantastic CD! 17 April 2012
By Dean Robb - Published on Amazon.com
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Seeds From the Underground is a superb recording by Kenny Garrett. His strong, attractive song-writing skills are on display to great effect here, coupled with his quite unique, powerful, and "pert" saxophone improvisations. Everything in this CD is deeply rhythmic and swings like crazy, but in Kenny's own unique and attractive way. I particularly enjoy his pianist Benito Gonzalez, who is superbly recorded and makes a very strong improvisational stance. Please don't hesitate to purchase this CD. You won't regret it.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8dc28ad4) out of 5 stars Well worth the wait 16 April 2012
By Mark P. Archambault - Published on Amazon.com
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I believe Kenny Garrett's last release before this one was the excellent 'Sketches of MD' in 2009. This new CD has been well worth the wait in the opinion of this modern jazz fan. Every track is enjoyable at least, and the best ones are moving and transcendent. I'll post a more detailed review later, but for now I just want to say that if you like Kenny Garrett, you should love this new release.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8dc28a74) out of 5 stars Kenny at his best!! 5 May 2012
By J.D. - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD is another incredible output comparable to Beyond the Wall--once again spiritually inspired jazz at its best. When Kenny is into this type of music, he is at a level equal to its best practitioners including Coltrane, Sonny, Pharoah, and Azar. The compositions are great, and Kenny's playing is at the highest level as usual. I saw him recently live playing these compositions and he was playing as strong and spiritually inspired as anyone playing today. Buy this CD, and catch him live on his current tour while he is transmitting the sacred sound.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8dc28d68) out of 5 stars KG's Roots 18 May 2012
By Greg Dahlberg - Published on Amazon.com
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Kenny Garrett is arguably the best alto saxophonist on the face of the Planet Earth; simply put, he is on a par with the masters of the art of jazz (ask Miles). The fact that he is from Detroit, a city that in many ways exemplifies the extraordinary potential that the human race has to offer (for evil, as well as for good) could easily be overlooked- if Kenny was willing to let that happen. Clearly, that is not the case. In this wonderful CD Kenny plays with the verve, the fire, and inventiveness, the technical command, the soul and funk and blues and the joy of existence for which he is so well known; only this time it's PERSONAL. And the mere fact that he is so willing to embrace, to celebrate, the people and experiences that have served to form him as a musician and as a person, gives this CD a particular resonance. At a time when so many people are finding reasons to bash Detroit, Kenny finds ways to celebrate the city, and the strength and beauty of the people that live there. ONE MILLION STARS.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8daf5e94) out of 5 stars I have listened to it a hundred times! 6 Jun. 2012
By Medcait - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this CD to make myself listen more to alto players and to transcribe their solos (being an alto player who mostly listens to tenor players). I cannot stop listening, especially track #3, which has several interesting time signature changes. I have been a serious jazz player and listener for many years, and I have to say this is the best album I have heard in YEARS. I recommend this wholeheartedly, I promise you will love it!
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