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Seeds from the Underground

Seeds from the Underground by Kenny Garrett
Released: Apr 2012
Label: Mack Avenue Records
Aficionados can debate whether the post-bop saxist's explicit homages here -- accelerating for Jackie McLean, insistent for Roy Haynes, nimble for Keith Jarrett, mashed-up for Woody Shaw, Duke and Monk -- live up to their billing, or whether two globalist tracks sufficiently evoke Africa and Guadeloupe. But from the tropical undercurrent of "Boogety Boogety" on, Garrett, his polyrhythm section and particularly Venezuelan pianist Benito Gonzalez sure know how to build motifs into funky momentum. Strategic employment of voice, too, especially the gospel wail capping the resilient "Detroit."
CHUCK EDDY

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