Kenny Barron posts videos of live performances periodically on Facebook and when I came across “Lullabye” I was reminded of how graceful it is. Just the sound of it, and the rich chords are haunting. He is certainly a master of these lyrical jazz waltzes. I envisioned this one as a kind of Talisman. Lullabies are meant to soothe and reassure children that they are safe as they fall asleep. This “Lullabye,”  becomes a protective companion to our strange world of dreams: “All ’round mysterious scenes it will be closely by you, sweetly, softly singing to you…singing your song.” (The excerpt is from Harvey Weinapel’s beautiful CD devoted to the music of Kenny Barron.)




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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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