September 2013 CD of the Month

Jan 23, 2014

Kenny Garrett  Pushing The World Away  Mack Avenue 

One of the greatest saxophonists of the post-bop era is Kenny Garrett; his newest recording Pushing the World Away for Mack Avenue Records is a testimony to his versatile skills. The title is Kenny’s way of letting us know he didn’t let his many distractions and commitments keep him from producing one of the best CDs of his splendid career. 

Kenny first came to prominence in the late 1980s when he was part of the young lions group, Out Of The Blue that Blue Note Records legendary owner Alfred Lion endorsed to promote the roster of his younger and most talented players, all of whom have gone on to have successful careers as leaders and accompanists.  Kenny has played with the Ellington band led by Duke’s son-Mercer, Mel Lewis, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, and spent 5 years with Miles Davis, just to name a few jazz giants he has shared a stage and recording studio with. Originally from Detroit, Mr. Garrett has won a GRAMMY® and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music Degree from Berklee College of Music-Boston, MA.


Kenny’s previous release Seeds from the Underground also for Mack Avenue Records received the 2012 NAACP Image Award nomination in the Outstanding Jazz Album category.  It is because of all the recent awards, accolades and accomplishments that Garrett had to push the world away in order to complete his mission of recording a new album.  For his newest outing, Kenny renders homage to Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, Donald Brown and the late Mulgrew Miller as well as including some originals and one standard, all with a varying group of seasoned accompanists. After listening to Pushing the World Away, you’ll find it nearly impossible to push it away from your player!