Category: Barron, Kenny

For Kenny Barron’s 70th Birthday, A 2005 DownBeat Feature and WKCR Interviews From 1991 and 2004

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To mark the Kenny Barron‘s just passed birthday (June 9th), Ted Panken posted a pair of interviews they did on WKCR — a Musician’s Show in 1991 and an appearance promoting a week in a club in 2004—and the first of two interviews Panken conducted with the great pianist for a DownBeat profile. From the interviews:

“Each bandleader I worked with had a different style,” Barron says. “For example, Dizzy’s band was very tight and precise. I learned to keep stuff in reserve, not play everything you know all the time. Yusef [Lateef] was looser, the music was freer; you could play out, as far as you wanted to go. Ron [Carter] likes hills and valleys; I learnedto use dynamics. Stan [Getz] and I shared a love for lyricism. We fed each other. He was one person who could play a ballad and really make you cry.”

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Kenny Barron – From Gillespie to Getz

In this 2012 interview, Kenney Barron speaks with IRockJazz.com about his formative years, from his first break with Dizzy Gillespie, to stints with Stanley Turrentine, Freddie Hubbard, Yusef Lateef, Ron Carter, and Stan Getz.

— Peter Blasevick