Wednesday, March 08, 2006


For some reason, I am particularly amused (in a good way) by Sholto Byrnes's Kenny Barron concert review, maybe because they fit the (highly unsubstantiated) image I have of Barron, and despite the clunkers among the nuggets.

"Any jazz musician can play these tunes; they're the alphabet. Making "A B C D E F G" sound interesting is the trick."

"Barron himself sometimes alters the chords a little with mannerisms, which smarten up a standard as cufflinks do a shirt."

"the content of his phrases was always intelligent - a conversation with the audience that flattered their knowledge."

"swing like billy-o"