Morning Glory


Music: Kenny Barron, Lyrics: Janice Jarrett

To me, there is something about jazz waltzes that often suggest tenderness, affection, and a kind of uplifting, relaxed ambiance. Besides this and “Ambrosia,” in the Shop, I;ve added three more of Kenny Barron’s beautiful waltzes:  “The Procession,” “Lullabye” and “The Question Is.”  Leila Thigpen, one of the wonderful singers I was lucky to work with in the jazz vocal group Borrowed Time, recorded this lovely rendition in Austria with Wayne Brasel on guitar. She moved to Vienna to teach voice and jazz after the group members decided to go on to new projects, or new locations. She said she still sings a number of my lyrics from our time together in Los Angeles. I was so happy I was able to showcase her beautiful voice here.

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Kenny Barron

Kenny Barron

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 soon become available in the Shop.


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