Silent Rain


As with Kenny Barron’s “Clouds,” in writing these lyrics, I tried to paint a picture of the kind of contemplative experience available to you when you have an opportunity to settle into a natural setting and let your senses inform you. When the usual chatter of your usual daily life fades away, you can become acutely aware of the sheer beauty of nature, and of the elements interacting around you,  I believe this composition by Kenny Barron and his performance of it elegantly evokes music’s ability to relax and uplift us. “I sit in between earth and sky, won’dring, waiting. And like the leaves and the bird, I hold my breath in the twilight….” (The sample is from Kenny Barron’s CD “The Moment.”)


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“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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