Music: Kenny Barron, Lyrics: Janice Jarrett

I have an idea to eventually combine Kenny Barron’s compositions “Dawn,” “Sunshower” and “Sunset,” into a medley with lyrics and vocal arrangements. And an early album of his is titled “Sunset to Dawn,” so the idea must be worthy. I was able to arrange two out of three of these and perhaps will be able to record the trio of beautiful songs one day with full vocals. Most of the lead sheets are in the Shop, and the two arrangements created to date should appear soon. Needless to say, Kenny’s music is inspiring to me. The last verse seems to set up a 4th in the series, a twilight composition: “Dusk, sunset, fading view. Full to stark, bridging the journey from day into dark.” (The clip is from Kenny Barron’s CD, “Sunset to Dawn.”)


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Kenny BarronA 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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