Happy People

Happy People

by Kenny GarrettKenny Garrett


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Coming to fame as a sideman with Miles Davis in the late 1980s, Kenny Garrett has evolved into one of the finest young saxophone stylists of his era. Like his former boss, Garrett is open to different avenues of jazz, and with Marcus Miller, another of Davis's late-period associates, handling the production, Happy People is informed by both traditional and funky attitudes. What never gets lost is Garrett’s fluency and warmth on the alto and soprano horns; you can hear the bebop and modal jazz proficiency in all he plays, even when the environment speaks more of today than of earlier jazz eras. Although the saxophonist’s sharp quartet -- with the ace bassist Charnett Moffett -- shapes the tracks, room is found for special guests to enliven various performances, including the legendary vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson and singer Jean Norris, whose vocal scatting on the title track is a delight. There’s plenty of meaty improvising from all involved, but still, the show is never stolen from the leader. Garrett may have come up under Davis’s shadow, but as he proves here in solo after solo, he’s become his own man.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/12/2002
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624775423
catalogNumber: 47754
Rank: 83576


  1. Song for Difang
  2. Happy People
  3. Tango in 6
  4. Ain't Nothing But the Blues
  5. Song #8
  6. Halima's Story
  7. Monking Around
  8. A Hole in One
  9. Thessalonika
  10. Asian Medley: Akatonbo/Arirang/Tsubasawo Kudasai
  11. Brother B. Harper

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