Kenny Barron has long been one of the most esteemed – by critics, by the jazz public and by his own colleagues – American pianists. Listening to him in his ever evocative formula of piano solo, which allows you to appreciate the phrasing and sound, as well as the boundless jazz culture, is an opportunity not to be missed.
For years Barron has been a member, as well as founder, of Sphere, the quartet dedicated, starting from the name, to the music of Thelonious Monk, the main inspiration, together with Tommy Flanagan and Wynton Kelly, of the pianist from Philadelphia. Not only modern bebop, however, in Barron’s style which combines his predilection for bossa nova to modal jazz, his great harmonic freedom with respect for tradition. An artist able to move, with absolute mastery, in practically any context of contemporary jazz.
Over the course of a long and intense career Barron has collaborated, among others, with stars like Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, and, more recently, Dave Holland, Regina Carter, Lionel Loueke.
Barron also took part in the last great quartet of Stan Getz, with whom he shared the final period of his career. Together with Getz, he was the protagonist of two wonderful concerts at the Giardini del Frontone in the ’89 and ’90 editions of Umbria Jazz. The following year, a month after Getz’s death, Barron played in a moving series of solo performances for him at the Teatro Morlacchi. More recently, he was heard in Perugia in duo with Dado Moroni and in a special project dedicated to Monk, with five pianists on stage.