Kenny Barron presents The Source, his first solo piano album in 40 years
Throughout a 60-year career, Barron has recorded dozens of albums as a bandleader and many more as a sideman for Sheila Jordan, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, Chet Baker, Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Ron Carter, Dianne Reeves and many more. He’s earned numerous accolades, including 12 Grammy nominations, an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music and an NEA Jazz Master fellowship. Even so, The Source finds Barron finally becoming more comfortable as a solo performer,
“Playing solo is still nerve-racking,” he says. “After the first song, it usually goes away. It’s the initial feeling of sitting down alone. You realize there’s no one else to cover you if you make a mistake. You’re out there by yourself. Which is okay. But it always takes a minute to realize that it’s okay.”
Here’s the track listing:
- What If?
- I’m Confessin’
- Dolores Street SF
- Well You Needn’t
Kenny Barron’s The Source will be released Jan. 20, 2023, via Artwork Records.