Kenny Garrett Sextet
Since he appeared in Miles Davis' band in the mid-1980s, saxophonist Kenny Garrett has stood for one thing above all else—the pursuit of absolute perfection. On Garrett's latest album, “Sounds from The Ancestors,” he thought deeply about how to capture the sound and spirit of his ancestors, like Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, and Coltrane's “A Love Supreme.” Cuban pianist Chucho Valdez was looking for the same ideas as Garrett, just a lot closer to the goal than his North American colleague. With Valdez's mental support, Garrett found conscious and unconscious connections of musical trace elements that make up his socialization as an artist.
If Garrett's new work is conceptually close to one of Davis’ albums, then it's "On the Corner." “Miles Davis is in everything I do,” Garrett says with the flourish of a slogan. “His influence may not be so obvious at times, but the five and a half years I played with him always flow into my music. Miles allowed each musician to tell their own story through their music. So much music culminated in Miles that it's hard to say what influences he absorbed and who he influenced in turn.”
On this evening, Garrett will be playing with Corcoran Holt on bass, Rudy Bird on percussions, Keith Brown on piano, Ronald Bruner on drums, and Melvis Santa, vocal/keys.
Tickets are CHF 60.