|Tags:||jazz saxophone contemporary jazz modern jazz|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
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9 October 1960, Detroit, Michigan, USA. It would be fair to say that Kenny Garrett was the main musical force in Miles Davis final band, and perhaps the last truly special young musician to emerge from the Davis hot house. As the great trumpeter played less and less, he relied more and more on his sideman to fill in the gaps, and be ready to step in quickly and build something accomplished into the gaps. Garrett proved himself an incredible alto saxophone powerhouse - an intense and complex improviser with an astonishing energy and drive. Starting early at the age of 17 with a saxophone spot in Mercer Ellingtons revived Ellington Orchestra, Garrett earned a complete musical education, in a series of perhaps surprisingly mainstream bands, considering his edgy and experimental, funky style. Mel Lewis group (a traditional route for young and aspiring jazzers) followed, and a spell with veteran vibes and piano man Lionel Hampton followed that. His...