This Sunday, October 10, at the Jazz sur son 31 festival, the American saxophonist Kenny Garrett will bring his music and influences to life in a festive concert surrounded by a hellish band
Among the highlights of his rich existence, Kenny Garrett keeps those related to music deep in his soul, his memory, his heart. No wonder that the practice of the saxophone happens quickly, from the age of 9 years. He says it himself when he unveils the concept which presided over the recording of his last album “Sounds from the ancestors”: “I tried to find some of the sounds that came back to me from my childhood, sounds that had uplifted my spirit thanks to people like John Coltrane with “A Love supreme”, Aretha Franklin with “Amazing grace”, Marvin Gaye with “What’s going on” and also quite a spiritual contribution related to the church. When I thought of all these wonderful musicians, I realized this was the spirit of my ancestors. ”
One can easily imagine the pleasure of shaping this new opus pulsed by such beautiful influences: “My music has always been open to the world and I listen to all kinds of music from jazz of course through classical but also, from music. hip-hop, r’n’b, oriental, Asian, French music… This disc embodies the place where I am at the moment on the course of my journey as a man on the move towards my personal destination. “
On the way, the musician made his own the Cuban, French, Nigerian and Guadeloupean influences which are found here instilled on a high-quality album. It must be said that man has been used to the exercise of harmonic and rhythmic cosmopolitanism for ages: “Everything feeds me, whether it is jazz, classical, hip-hop, R’n’B, music Middle Eastern, Chinese, French… In the end, only one music emerges and the public finds what interests them. ”
Trained at a good school since his appearance on the jazz scene within the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1978, Kenny Garrett has found the ear of cadors like McCoy Tyner, Art Blakey and even Miles Davis, for whom he played the saxophone part for ten years: “My saxophone took me around the world several times. We have been friends for a long time and we are still learning. “With, pegged to the body, the passion for the stage, the complicity with his musicians Rudy Bird (percussions), Samuel Laviso (drums), Vernell Brown (piano) and Corcoran Holt (double bass) and the interaction with the public:” I love being on stage and if I can touch the hearts of the audience then I’m happy and they’re happy people, I feel it deeply. “
Undoubtedly, a highlight of the Jazz festival on its 31st which has many more between now and October 17th.