Cook’s Bay


Sometimes it’s difficult to write lyrics for songs named after places. Although the history of Cook’s Bay is pretty fascinating, it’s the lure and mystique surrounding famous islands as “distant lands.” that came to mind.  The isolation and imagined peacefulness of such an island, surrounded by dramatic and beautiful natural sights of the moon, stars, sea, and sky are evocative enough. (This relaxed Latin composition as an instrumental is found on Kenny Barron’s CDs “Spirit Song,” and “Book of Intuition.”)




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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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