Music: Kenny Barron, Lyrics: Janice Jarrett

Ambrosia, or “food of the gods,” is imagined here as inhabiting a secret, remote location: “Mixed from scents of the sweetest flowers, gathered at the moment of the peak of their power.  Just one taste can reveal existence beyond our realm.” Besides gracing several recordings by the composer. this haunting waltz is found among 9 other arrangements of Barron’s compositions on Harvey Wainapel’s CD “Ambrosia, The Music of Kenny Barron.”  Some of my favorite works by Kenny Barron are the relaxed jazz waltzes, where the phrasing seems masterfully flexible and flowing over a reliable gentle time. (Sample from Kenny Barron CD: “Other Places.”)


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A recent description of Kenny Barron: “One of the most articulate and polished mainstream-to-bop improvisers in the jazz of the last 40 years.” (The Guardian). For years the NYT labeled him the “pianist of choice,” certainly true for Stan Getz in their last legendary performances. Their duets are heartbreakingly lyrical and informed by the clarity found in the best of the genre. But Barron’s many sessions as leader attest to his being a prolific composer as well. Being an NEA Jazz Master, among other accolades, is a reflection of the high esteem he holds. I was drawn to his compositions decades ago while in NYC, The desire to sing his melodies, surrounded by the complex coherence of his harmonic sensibility, however challenging, was compelling. More than two dozen of our collaborative lyrics and songs will eventually be available in the Shop.


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