KENNY BARRON

                    Recording Date:
                         March 11, 1985

                         Kenny Barron   P
                         Dave Holland   B
                         Daniel Humair  D


A highlight of the ENJA catalog, this trio recording received the prestigious "Prix Bud Powell de l'Acad?mie du Jazz" back in 1986. "Scratch" is still one of the finest and most challenging recordings Kenny Barron has ever made. A multi-poll winner, Barron is widely considered the most versatile and tasteful pianist of today. Barron has recorded with all the great names in jazz: Abbey Lincoln, Barney Kessel, Chet Baker, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, James Moody, J.J. Johnson, Joe Henderson, Johnny Griffin, Kevin Mahogany, Yusef Lateef and many more. Sensing the potential in Kenny Barron, Matthias Winckelmann called the pianist in early 1985 to propose this trio recording with bass champion Dave Holland and drum wizard Daniel Humair. Following "Scratch", Kenny Barron did three more albums for ENJA with his quintet.

From the original liner notes by Michael Cuscuna (1985):
As a record producer, I know how gratifying it is to have a fantasy realized, especially when one feels that it will enhance the career of the artist involved and contribute to the history of the music. When Matthias Winckelmann called me up a few days after this date to write the liner notes, I heard in his voice a feeling of relief and accomplishment. Sharing his esteem for Kenny Barron's talent and potential and hearing the pride in his voice, I knew that something very special had occurred. I looked forward to receiving the cassette, knowing well what Kenny had to offer. But listening to the cassette was a magnificent revelation. Here was finally the Kenny Barron that was crawling inside the creative but considerate accompanist. Whatever your preconception of Kenny Barron, listen to this album anew.
Eminent French music critic Jean-Louis Ginibre reviewed: Avec cet album, l'un des fervents gardiens de l'est?tique bebop fait une entr?e remarquable dans le monde de jazz le plus moderne. Kenny Barron ?tait capable de franchir ce pas et d?sireux de le faire. La pr?sence ? ses c?t?s de deux musiciens avec qui il n'avait jamais jou? agit comme un catalyseur. C'est Daniel Humair surtout qui pousse le pianiste vers des r?gions qu'il n'avait jamais explor?es en disque. On red?couvre un Kenny Barron plus libre que jamais. Indispensable.

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