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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Kenny Barron Platinum Trio @ the Cour De L' Hotel-De-Ville, Geneva Old Town. July 15

Kenny Barron (piano); George Mraz (contrabasse); Lewis Nash (batterie)
(Review by Ron Ainsborough)
On a very hot evening this concert took place an open atrium surrounded by a very old beautiful stone building, an absolutely terrific setting. A sell out as well!
What a trio! Kenny Barron played all styles of piano and his music covered many different genres of jazz, which we all know he is more than capable of. His solo dedicated to Monk, Blue Monk, was great and the trio was top drawer playing standards mixed with one or two own compositions. He even touched on free form within one number to great effect, but used as a contrast within the mainly melodic composition. it did not break the three rules that I love, Rhythm – Harmony - Melody.
Coincidentally, I have only seen the brilliant George Mraz once and that was on my one and only visit to Birdland a few years ago and he was with Billy Hart that night (who I also saw play with his own band last November in Europe). Small world!
Lewis Nash is not on many recordings for nothing, he is up there with the best ( including Billy Hart) and played an absorbing drum solo which with drums I generally find very difficult to hold my attention for very long. Not so in his case, superb throughout the whole concert.
Loved ever minute of it !!!!!!!!                         
Ron.

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