If you wanted to go to the famous rainforest in Brazil, you would certainly be offered a trip to Belém, the capital of the state of Pará in Brazil. Founded in the early 17th century, it is known as the gateway to the Amazon.  The composition by Kenny Barron is so uplifting and flowing, I could easily imagine flying in a small plane seeing the towns, and scanning the beautiful landscape following along the river to the entrance. There is a very lovely arrangement of this song on saxophonist Harvey Wainapel’s  CD “Ambrosia, The Music of Kenny Barron.”  The beautiful arrangements by Jeff Beal are played by the Metropole Orchestra. The CD also has instrumentals of Kenny Barron songs that inspired me to write lyrics. Besides the title song,” Ambrosia,” the orchestra suites include “Lullabye,” and soon to be added to the Shop,” Phantoms,” and “Sonia Braga.”




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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 a 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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