Kenny Garrett in London

Kenny Garrett, London

Kenny Garrett

Kenny Garrett, the Detroit-born saxophonist who was one of Miles Davis' most original last-phase partners, dedicated his last album to the pianist McCoy Tyner. Of all the younger artists that Tyner might be happy to hand a baton to, Garrett could be high on the list for exhibiting many of the same virtues - profound understanding of the jazz tradition, playing experience with giants, emotional eloquence, big technique - but perhaps above all a drive to move and entertain that makes every performance strive to be a special event. Last time he was on the premises, Garrett had the Ronnie Scott's audience in raptures. Like a young Pharoah Sanders, Garrett can engage the least jazz-committed of listeners without sacrificing the chance to go to the emotional and technical edge. Like last year, he's joined on this trip by the impressive young Tyner-influenced pianist Benito Gonzalez.
John Fordham

· Ronnie Scott's, W1, Mon 23 to Wed 2

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