Kenny Garrett - Seeds From The Underground (3 stars)

Kenny Garrett - Seeds From The Underground

Alto saxophonist gives vibrant treatment to new compositions

(Mack Avenue Records)

Here we find Kenny Garrett – a Detroit-born alto saxophonist who began his career performing with the Duke Ellington Orchestra before pursuing a solo career – in his most melodic vein, accompanied by a fine pianist, Benito Gonzalez, and a strong rhythm section that includes percussionist Rudy Bird.

Nedelka Prescod adds wordless vocals on a couple of tracks, and is part of a mini-chorus on ‘Welcome Earth Sound’. Their vibrant treatment of a series of new compositions by Garrett (several are dedicated to his jazz mentors, while a couple have distinct ‘world music’ roots) is very enjoyable.

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