Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Kenny Barron - "Innocence" (1978) & discography

This is a 1978 album with Kenny Barron on both rhodes and acoustic piano, ripped from vinyl and donated to the blog by swboy, who also gave us the Brasil : Samba Bossa MPB compilation back in July. I think this one is a first for the blogosphere ...


Kenny Barron's first 'appearance' on record was as both arranger and composer on Yusef Lateef's "The Centaur and the Phoenix" in 1960 when he was only seventeen, although he didn't actually play on the record.

He spent most of the 60s as Dizzy Gillespie's pianist, as well as recording on albums by his brother Bill Barron and saxaphonist James Moody, who also came from Gillespie's band.

After being replaced by Mike Longo in the Gillespie band in 1967, Barron formed the Jimmy Owens - Kenny Barron Quintet with trumpeter Owens, and they released the album "You Had Better Listen" the following year, featuring Bennie Maupin on sax and flute.

In 1967 he also made his first electric piano recordings on the Joe Henderson albums "The Kicker" and "Tetragon", though it was not until Freddie Hubbard's "The Black Angel" in 1970 that he began to use it as a major instrument in recordings. He rounded out the 1960s as a player on a wide variety of albums by Tyrone Washington, Booker Ervin and others.

As the 70s began, Barron explored an increasing range of musical styles on albums by Freddie Hubbard / Ilhan Mimaroğlu, Idris Muhammad, George Freeman, Charles Sullivan and many others.

For the first half of the decade, he joined Yusef Lateef as pianist (and frequent composer) for many albums and live dates, continuing to record on Lateef albums throughout the 70s such as "The Gentle Giant" , "Hush n Thunder", "Ten Years Hence" and "The Doctor Is In ... and Out".


By the time of his debut solo album "Sunset to Dawn" in 1973, it was clear that he'd absorbed the global musical visions of leaders like Gillespie and Lateef. The rhodes-led sessions are awash with latin rhythms and percussion, with occasional melodic and harmonic suggestions of Brazil and the Caribbean.

These influences continue into some of "Peruvian Blue", his second Muse release in 1974, which alternates between acoustic standards and great latin-funk rhodes workouts (particularly the title track, which to me recalls Carlos Garnett's work at the time).

1975's "Lucifer" sees Barron branching out both musically and instrumentally, adding clavinet and string synthesiser to his keyboard arsenal across a range of tracks that expand his palette into fusion, acoustic spiritual, jazz-funk and other forms. Later in the year, he also recorded the live acoustic duet album "In Tandem" with guitarist Ted Dunbar (who'd been on "Peruvian Blue") while both were teaching at Rutgers University.

- "INNOCENCE " (1978) -

1978's "Innocence" features four of Barron's own compositions and one by trumpeter Jimmy Owens. Barron himself plays rhodes, acoustic piano and minimal string synth in a sparser grouping than on "Lucifer", with the latin elements of his keyboard style back at the forefront. For the most part, he's working here with musicians that he'd begun associations with in the preceding few years.

There are essentially two sessions and lineups here. The first three tracks feature Barron trading lead lines with saxaphonist Sonny Fortune, who he'd first worked with on Buddy Rich's "Tuff Dude" in 1974.

Fortune had subsequently brought Barron on board for his albums "Awakening" (1975) and "Serengeti Minstrel" (1977), which had featured the first recordings of the Barron tracks "Sunshower" and the uptempo "Bacchanal" respectively, both of which are strongly covered here. The other track from this session is the title track "Innocence", for which Barron multi-tracks both rhodes and acoustic piano. (Fortune's album for this year was "Infinity Is", which steps texturally towards a more commercial Mizell-style production while continuing some of the samba-play evident in the rhythms here).

The bass player for these first three tracks is Buster Williams, who Baron had first worked with on the Visitors' 1974 album "Rebirth". Williams, who'd worked with Sonny Fortune on his 1975 album "Pinnacle", used Barron on his low-key 1976 album "Crystal Reflections". In 1978, the year this album was recorded, Barron also accompanied Williams on something of a schizophrenic musical journey across the more structurally experimental albums "Heartbeat" and "Tokudo" (the latter not released until 1989) and the relatively ultra-commercial "Dreams Come True".

Percussion and drums on this first session are handled respectively by Rafael Cruz and Ben Riley. Cruz had been on Sonny Fortune's aforementioned "Serengeti Minstrel" and "Infinity Is". Riley, a veteran of Thelonius Monk's band, had worked with Barron and Williams on Ron Carter's albums "Piccolo" (1977) and "Peg Leg" (1978).

Ben Riley subsequently became Barron's drummer-of-choice for the next twenty years, including eight albums by their 80s band "Sphere", initially a Monk tribute band, then later recording original material - that they formed with Charles Rouse and Buster Williams, with Gary Bartz coming on as saxophonist after Rouse's death.

The other session, comprising tracks 4 and 5, is built around Barron and trumpeter Jimmy Owens. Apart from the aforementioned 1967 quintet album that the two had co-led, they'd worked together on albums by Eric Kloss, James Moody, Curtis Amy, and Yusef Lateef, as well as Owens' 1970 solo album "No Escaping it".

Over the previous two years, Owens had made two albums that had swung harder towards the discofunk dollar than any of his compatriots' attempts : "Jimmy Owens" (1976) and "Headin' Home" (1978), both featuring Barron on keyboards. While the former has some funky, almost Headhunters-meet-the Mizells moments, the 1978 album sometimes pushes into territories of disco dross akin to Chuck Mangione on a sugar jag. Bassist Gary King and drummer Brian Brake from those albums form the backline for the remaining two tracks here.

Barron's track "Sunday Morning" is as harmonically unadventurous as that second Owens album, and seems to precurse a lot of the smooth jazz of the 80s, apart from a good latin rhodes solo that builds towards the end, with Billy Hart joining in on percussion before it once again descends into smooth jazz hell with yukky synth-string overkill. Nah, I dun like this one ... can you tell?

Mwandishi veteran Billy Hart - who's on percussion for these last two tracks - had first worked with Kenny Barron on Buddy Terry's 1972 album "Pure Dynamite", and had since joined him on "Lucifer", Fortune's "Awakening", Williams' "Crystal Reflections" and Charles Sullivan's "Why Not". He'd released his debut album "Enhance" for A&M the year before, featuring Buster Williams and others.

The album finishes with Owens' track "Nothing to Fear", which comes across initially as a less-adventurous Eddie Henderson fusion-jazz number, flipping occasionally to a disco backbeat, but is saved by a great extended rhodes solo from Barron.

- AND THEN ... -

Kenny Barron started to back away from electric keyboards after this album, and aside from his 1996 album "Swamp Sally" with percussionist Mino Cinelu, hasn't used them on his own albums since this one.

Later in 1978, Buster Williams, Jimmy Owens and Kenny Barron took part in his brother Bill Barron's album, the all-acoustic "Jazz Caper".

In 1979 Barron recorded an acoustic piano duet album with Tommy Flanagan for the Denon label called "Together". He recorded his first solo piano album "At the Piano" in 1981.

I also strongly recommend a listen to "Golden Lotus" on Muse from 1982 (recorded 1980) - Barron's exploring all sorts of eastern and spiritual textures alongside Buster Williams and John Stubblefield in a way that recalls his great early 70s Muse sides.

Since "Innocence", he's gone on to record another 37 albums as a leader, and at the age of 65 shows no sign of slowing down - in one of the links below you'll find a live bootleg of him at the Village Vanguard last month, August 27th 2008.


01. "Sunshower" - 12:05
02. "Innocence" - 10:07
03. "Bacchanal" - 7:58
04. "Sunday Morning" - 8:40
05. "Nothing To Fear" 7:21

All tracks by Kenny Barron except track 5 (Jimmy Owens, Chris White)


Keyboards, Arranged By - Kenny Barron
Acoustic Bass - Buster Williams (1-3)
Electric Bass Gary King (4-5)
Drums - Ben Riley (1-3) , Brian Brake (4-5)
Percussion - Billy Hart (4-5) , Rafael Cruz (1-3)
Alto Saxophone - Sonny Fortune (1-3)
Trumpet - Jimmy Owens (4-5)


Wolf Records
WOLF 1203
Producer - Joel Dorn for the Masked Announcer
Producer's Assistant - Kathy Tufaro
Engineer, remixer - Vince McGarry
Recorded and remixed at Regent Sound Studios, New York, NY

- Please add links when you come across them

1967 Joe Henderson - The Kicker at
1967 Joe Henderson - Tetragon at
1970 Freddie Hubbard - The Black Angel at
Into the Rhythm
1970 Jimmy Owens – No Escaping It at Soul Food

1972 - Yusef Lateef - "The Gentle Giant" donated by Corvimax / alternate

1971 Idris Muhammad - Peace and Rhythm at Into the Rhythm
1971 Pete Yellin - Dance Of Allegra at
The Shad Shack
1972 Jimmy Heath - The Gap Sealer at
Ile Oxumaré
1972 Yusef Lateef - Hush n Thunder at
My Favourite Sound
1972 Buddy Terry - Pure Dynamite at
Everything Is On The One
1973 James Moody - Feelin' It Together also on this blog

1973 Albert Heath - Kwanza (The First) at Ile Oxumaré
1973 Kenny Barron - Sunset to Dawn at
Orgy in Rhythm
1973 Roy Haynes - Togyu at Orgy in Rhythm
1974 Kenny Barron - Peruvian Blue at Ile Oxumaré
1974 George Freeman - Man and Woman at
My Favourite Sound
1974 Ted Curson – Quicksand
1974 George Benson – Bad Benson at
Freakywax / alternate
1974 Buddy Rich - The Last Blues Album, Vol. 1 at El Goog ja
1975 Sonny Fortune - Awakening at
Ile Oxumaré
1975 Kenny Barron - Lucifer at
Everything Is On The One
1975 Elvin Jones - New Agenda at Never Enough Rhodes
1976 James Moody - Timeless Aura at Home of Jazz 

1976 Al Gafa Quinteto - Leblon Beach at Porco's Hideaway
1976 James Moody – Sun Journey at Call It Anything
1976 Roland Prince – Colour Visions at An Ism to Horns and Beats 
1976 Buddy Rich – Speak No Evil at Barin99
1976 Jimmy Owens – Jimmy Owens at
My Jazz World
1976 Buster Williams - Crystal Reflections at
Ile Oxumaré
1976 Yusef Lateef - The Doctor Is In .. and Out at My Favourite Sound
1977 Elvin Jones – Time Capsule at Never Enough Rhodes
1977 Roland Prince – Free Spirit at Weirdope
1977 Sonny Fortune - Serengeti Minstrel at
My Jazz World
1978 Kenny Barron - Innocence at base of this post

1978 Jimmy Owens – Headin’ Home at
My Jazz World
Freddie Hubbard - Super Blue at Orgy in Rhythm
1979 Sam Jones – The Bassist
1981 Michal Urbaniak - NY5: Music For Violin & Jazz Quartet
1981 Joe Chambers – New York Concerto
1983 Al Grey, J. J. Johnson - Things are getting better all the time
1984 Sharon Freeman - That's The Way I Feel Now
1988 James Moody – Moving Forward
1996 Christian McBride - Number Two Express
1996 Kenny Barron, Mino Cinelu - Swamp Sally at No Na mo

(membership required)
KENNY BARRON leader discography
1973 "Sunset to Dawn" at Orgy in Rhythm
1974 "Peruvian Blue" at
Ile Oxumaré
1975 "Lucifer" at Everything Is On The One
1978 "Innocence" at the base of this post
1981 'At the piano'
1982 'Golden Lotus' at Orgy In Rhythm
1982 'Imo Live' at Dr Jellyfish's Rare Taringa post
1984 'Spiral'
1986 '1+1+1'
1984-87 "Green Chimneys" (released '94) at CIA contributions
1985 "Landscape" R'Share ONE TWO donated by anonymous (thanks!)
1986 "Scratch" at musica que cuelga
1986 'What if?' at Musica Desde Las Antipodas / alternate : @ Barabara Sounds
1988 'Live at Fat Tuesdays'
at Musica Desde Las Antipodas
1990 "Live at Maybeck Recital hall" at Call It Anything
1991 "Live in Copenhagen" (with Stan Getz) at CIA1991 "Lemuria-Seascape" donated by Dr Jellyfish. album info
1991 'Invitation'
1991 'Quickstep'
at Musica Desde Las Antipodas
1993 "Sambao" at Musica Desde Las Antipodas
1993 "Other Places" at na bula bula com / alternate
1994 "Wanton Spirit"
at musica que cuelga / alternate
1994 'The only one'
1994 'The moment'
1994 "Jazz En Tete" at Musica Desde Las Antipodas
1996 'New York attitude' at Musica Desde Las Antipodas
1997 "Things Unseen" at Into the Rhythm
1998 'The artistry of Kenny Barron'
2000 'Live In Tokyo' (w/Michael Brecker) at Taringa via Dr Jellyfish2000 "Spirit Song" at Into the Rhythm
2002 "Live at Bradley's" at Avax2002 "Canta Brasil" (with Trio de Paz) at Um Que Tenha / alternate
2004 "Images" at Jazz a gogo
2004 'A table for two'
2004 'Images' at Jazzsi
2005 'Super Trio' '(Super standards') at Jazzsi
2005 'Live at Bradley's II: the perfect set' at Avax
2006 Live at JazzBaltica (bootleg) at Bogard's Jazztapes
2008 "Live at the Village Vanguard" at Jazz Boot Experiment
2008 "The Traveler" at DMusic Club
KENNY BARRON co-leader discography

Jimmy Owens-Kenny Barron Quintet "You Had Better Listen" at Casquería fina y menudillos de ocasión
1975 with Ted Dunbar - 'In Tandem' at The Dr Jellyfish Jazz Collection
1978 with Tommy Flanagan - 'Together'
1986 with Buster Williams - 'Two as one
'1981 with Bobby Hutcherson & others - "One Night Stand" at My Jazz World
1986 with Red Mitchell - "The Red Barron Duo" - gone, re-up someone ?
1989 with Stan Getz - "Bossas and Ballads : The Lost Sessions" at rfccbh
1990 with the John Hicks Quartet - 'Rhythm-a-ning'
1991 with Joe Locke - 'But beautiful'
1991 with Stan Getz - "People Time" at seventeen green buicks / alternate
1991 with Stan Getz - "Copenhagen 1991" (bootleg) at Ubu Roi
1991 with Stan Getz - 'Café Montmartre'
1992 with Barry Harris - 'Confirmation
1996 with Mino Cinelu - "Swamp Sally" at No Na mo (membership required)
1998 with Charlie Haden - "Night and the City" at Singin' and Swingin'
1999 with Brad Mehldau - "Live at Umbria Jazz Festival" at Music for my people
2001 with Regina Carter - Freefall" at Jazz a gogo or lossless
2002 with George Robert - 'Peace' at Musica Desde Las Antipodas2003 "The Art Of Three : Cobham-Carter-Barron live in japan" at Avax
2007 with James Moody - 'Fly me to the moon' (1962-63 recordings) at CIA2008 with Harvie S (Swartz) - "Now Was The Time" - gone, re-up someone ?

Kenny Barron, Charlie Rouse / Gary Bartz, Ben Riley, Buster Williams

1982 "Four In One" at Seventeen Green Buicks1983 "Flight Path" at Call It Anything1985 "On Tour"
1986 "Live At Umbria Jazz"
1986 "Pumpkin's Delight" (live)
1987 "Four For all"
1987 "Sphere" at Musica Desde Las Antipodas / alt
1988 "Bird Songs"

1975 Sonny Fortune - "Awakening" at Ile Oxumaré
1977 Ron Carter - "Piccolo"
1978 Kenny Barron - "Innocence" in comments here1981 KB / Bobby Hutcherson - "One Night Stand" at My Jazz World

1986 with Red Mitchell - "The Red Barron Duo" - gone, re-up someone ?
1989 KB / Stan Getz - "Bossas and Ballads : The Lost Sessions" at rfccbh
1990 KB / John Hicks - "Rhythm-a-Ning"

1990 "Live at Maybeck Recital hall" at Call It Anything

1993 Jeanie Bryson - "I Love Being Here With You" at Singin' and Swingin'


Vinyl rip by swboy. Big thanks!
Text by Simon666Research from Michael Fitzgerald's Kenny Barron discography.

Album links in this post go to :

Call It Anything, Vinyl4giants, Into the Rhythm, Orgy In Rhythm, The Sly Mongoose, Alainfinkielgrautrock, My Favourite Sound, Ile Oxumaré, Everything Is On the One, Pharoah's Dance, K Kao Shima, El Goog Ja, Blog o Blog, Jazzclub No Na Mo, I Sounds, The Shad Shack, Freakywax, musica que cuelga, banattan, na bula bula com, Music for my people, Singin' and Swingin', Jazz a gogo, YuYazz,
seventeen green buicks, My Jazz World, Um Que Tenha, Fender Jazz Music, Where Did All this Steam Come From?, Jazzever, Casquería fina y menudillos de ocasión, and Jazzy2U.

Please thank and support these bloggers if you click through and download.


Unknown said...

Thanks swboy. thanks Simon.
I like this one. I was seeking this wax.

ish said...

I love how you pull all the threads together. You've got detailed history nobody's written down, thoughtful reviews, and a sh**load of free music. Thanks Simon.

I didn't know this album, thanks swboy!

I was thinking that Muse artists seem to have mostly escaped the push to disco-fy their music. I guess that says something about an independent music label vs. the commercial pressures on the big ones. "Chuck Mangione on a sugar jag" LOL.

thanks again.

Reza said...

way to go swboy ,great album thanks :)

Del Chelito said...

Great job and great music, Simon!!!
Thanks Simon thank swboy for the rip.
Del Chelito

fritz the cat said...

A mellow CTI-type of thing. Thanks for all the work.

katonah said...

another herculian post as ever.
top marks, you may take a piece of fruit from the bowl as my teacher used to say ....

dsmallio said...

this looks awesome... looking forward... thanks!

swboy said...

Thanks everyone--
and especially to Simon Goog Ish Reza and Katonah for all the great music you've shared. I love Sonny Fortune's playing here, and Latin grooves from Kenny Barron. Very inspired.
"swung harder towards the discofunk dollar" lol :^)
The markets are down. Discofunk dollars are only worth 15% of their former value...

avocado kid said...

thanks swboy for the rip and simon for all the hot links!

emejota said...

OK Simon. Thanks for your link and for another ones... Very much information. Greetings from

emejota said...

Ah... You're linked in my blog. Section: "Jazz y otras sustancias" and your banner (head photo) too. OK.

Gianni aka Cesare Barbetta said...

thank you swboy!

Simon your descriptions with lps links are GREAT.
thanks for all your passion

Jazzaficionado said...

great stuff as always. one of the most amazing blogs you have


Dr. Johnny Fever said...

Thanks to swboy!! Simon, as always, nice job with a very detailed and well put together post. I'm in awe of the massive pile of links you've tied into Kenny here.

Also, the full album of "Jazzyberry Patch" was kindly donated to my blog. Check out the vpex link, it includes the back cover and some other visual goodies.


Simon666 said...

Thanks for the comments guys.
Just added one more link in the Billy Hart paragraph, his debut album as a leader "Enhance" from 1977, year before this one.

lineup is
Billy Hart (dr,perc); Oliver Lake (as,ss,fl); Dewey Redman (ts)(not on 5.); Hannibal Marvin Peterson (tp,koto); Eddie Henderson (tp,flh,el flh)(1,3,5); Don Pullen (p, el p), Buster Williams (b)(1,3.5); Dave Holland(b)(2,4,6,7); Michael Thabo Carvin (perc)(5)

Still four more days of internet slowness here so I haven't even heard it, but very curious ...

JTF said...

Excellent music. Exceptional research/info!

Simon666 said...

Also I've been enjoying James Moody's "Sun Journey" today, which was new to me, see the link in the "Kenny on electric piano" part of the discography ...


Thanx a lot guys for this amazing post! Simon, you are doing a really significant work here in NER.
I' d like to ask you a question: when you are searching in blogland for an album, which keywords do you use in google; or generally, what is your diggin' method?

Thanx again

Simon666 said...

Hi Audioworm, thanks for the comment.
I've got three searching methods -

1. Google blog search with "quotes" individually around artist and title, e.g. "Kenny Barron" "Innocence".

2. just a normal google search, as above, with the word "blogspot" or "wordpress" added. Sometimes this brings up blogs that the blog search doesn't (?)

3. A site called 'skafunkrastapunk'. If you join, they've got a search engine which adds the words 'rapidshare' 'megaupload' 'zshare' to your search. This additionally brings up lots of obscure forums where people share. If you look at, for example, my post called "41 Mongo Santamaria albums", you'll see a lot of albums in the discography there that link to places like zonamusical.net, which was found this way.

I only use the engines that search rapidshare etc directly if I'm desperate for something myself, but I don't post these here as they're usually uploaded by someone from a blog somewhere, and I don't want to rip off anyone's work.


As always, like your posts, your answer is definite, broad and elucidatory.

Thanks a lot man!
Keep up!

swboy said...

I find this to be a good search engine for blog music downloads:

Simon666 said...

That's a good one swboy, thanks ...

Art Simon said...

Loved it! Thanks to swboy for the rip, and Simon (as always) for the erudite history. Well done!

Anonymous said...

great. thanks a lot..

Michael said...

Thank you very much!
It's great!
I love Baron's style og playing

Dough Juan said...

Looking forward to soakin up the album. Thanks for the post!!

torvoris said...

thanks for the Innocence album. it was needed.

djfunkaholic said...

Swboy & Simon - beautiful music and great writing, thanks very much to you both.

powerpool said...

Great post - as always. Keep them coming. If not for you I wouldn't have this music. The background-info is mighty and opens up new directions to go and investigate in search of good music. Respect.

AMM said...

many thanks as always simon for all your hard graft m8!
where do you get the time??

Weekend Hippie said...

Great, I loved this lp when it was originally released.

Thanks for your superb taste in music, and all your hard work!

Simon666 said...

I've added a link within the text to Sonny Fortune's album "Infinity Is", recorded the same year as this one (1978) and just re-posted at My Favourite Sound.

Simon666 said...

.. and also a link (in the Ben Riley paragraph) to Sphere's first album "Four In One" at Seventeen Green Buicks.

saul said...

Brilliant post - good lp, great history and links.

Love what you're doing with this blog.


Bodtje said...

thanks swboy. Just discovered your blog. Amazing! I'll be coming back!

Simon666 said...

I had a link in the "Kenny on electric piano" section of this post to the entry for Pete Yellin's "Dance of Allegra" at the Shad Shack (Mainstream) blog, in the hope that someone would eventually upload the album.

Well that's now happened and you can get it here

Check the lineup :

Pete Yellin (tenor sax) (fl), Eddie Henderson (trumpet) (flh), Kenny Barron (elp), Stanley Clarke (bass), Billy Hart (drum), Dom Um Romao (percussion)

big thanks to Craig and Cheeba ..

Anonymous said...

many thanks, Cwboy and Simon! this was located in the high rank of my wants-list.

best regard.

Little Tony Negri said...

Hey Simon, I uploaded one record for your Kenny Barron's discography in my blog:


1. Senorita - 8:40
2. Alone Again, Naturally - 9:50
3. People' s Song - 9:00
4. Mushroom Alley - 7:19
5. Free Spirit - 7:33

Roland Prince - Guitar
Bob Cranshaw - Bass
Kenny Barron - Piano, Electric Piano
Al Chalk - Percussion
Frank Foster - Tenor Sax
Al Foster - Drums (4)
Virgil Jones - Trumpet
Michael Carvin - Drums (3)
Frank Wess - Flute
Mickey Roker - Drums
Carter Jefferson - Soprano Sax
Clifford Adams - Trombone
David Williams - Bass (3)



Simon666 said...

Thanks Little Tony!
I've linked it up in the discography and will come check it out ...

Hanimex 3000 said...

If anybody could rip Freddie Hubbard's "Super Blue"... My desk lamp just fell down on my copy whereas I was ready to broadcast it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!......... :mad:
any help will be greatly appreciated*
* for example I may write a new post on my blog...

Simon666 said...

Hi Hanimex -
I searched pretty hard for that one when I did the Barron discography, bad news on the accident! good luck ..

Simon666 said...

Hi all,
I've posted James Moody – “Feelin’ it Together” (1973) and also added it to the "Kenny Barron on electric piano" part of the discography here.

Simon666 said...

hi Kenny Barron fans -
It's Dead-blog-discography time :)

If anyone downloaded :

1993 "Sambao"

2003 The Art of Three : Cobham-Carter-Barron live in japan

and would like to re-up them, would be much appreciated, thanks ..

Simon666 said...

New entry for the "Kenny Barron on electric piano" discography :

1974 Buddy Rich - The Last Blues Album, Vol. 1 at El Goog ja


Simon666 said...

New addition to the Kenny Barron discography :
"Landscape" (1985, Baystate), rip donated by Anonymous. Thanks!

winton tostello said...

simon thanks for anamzing, educative and highly tasteful blog.
i found a link to one of the albums you mention here The Jimmy Owens - Kenny Barron Quintet - You Had Better Listen.the sound quality is okay-ish, but as i am hearing it is definitely soulfull, bluesy with modal outbursts and a with a great pulse from kenny.


Simon666 said...

Thanks a lot for that Winton - have linked it up in the post text and also in the discography.

Dr.Jellyfish said...

maybe I can find other Kenny's recordings.
now I see...

Simon666 said...

Thanks Giovanni, anything you could add would be great

Simon666 said...

Added to the general Kenny Barron discography - rare stuff from Ubu at CIA :

1991 "Live in Copenhagen" (with Stan Getz)


Simon666 said...

New addition to the "Kenny Barron on electric piano" discography section :

1978 Freddie Hubbard - Super Blue at Orgy in Rhythm


Dr.Jellyfish said...

Sheila Jordan - Lost and found
with a great Kennt Barron:

Dr.Jellyfish said...

oops! Kenny! sorry

Dr.Jellyfish said...

oops oops! that was the link to:
Kent Jordan - Essence (w K.Barron, D.Holland)

Dr.Jellyfish said...

Kenny Barron - Lemuria/Seascape


Simon666 said...

Thanks a lot Dr Jellyfish!

Simon666 said...

Addition to the Kenny Barron discography :

"Jazz en Tete" (1994)

Kenny Barron - piano
Gary Bartz - as, ss
Ray Drummond - bass
Ben Riley - drums

This I Dig of You
Up Jumped Spring
Ask me Now
Time Was
The Theme
Blue Monk

France 1994


Simon666 said...

Kenny Barron discography addition :

1994 "Green Chimneys" (rec 1983-87) at CIA contributions

Simon666 said...

Discography addition

2003 "The Art Of Three : Cobham-Carter-Barron live in japan"

Josiah said...

many thnx for this wonderful music

Dr.Jellyfish said...

Charlie Parker 10th Memorial Concert,
rare LP, Kenny Barron on 2 tracks

Simon666 said...

Thanks Dr Jellyfish, that's quite a thread :)

Added to discography :

1986 "The Red Barron Duo" (with Red Mitchell)

Dr.Jellyfish said...

Hi, here's a Kenny Barron discography,
please check it and tell if it's correct, so that I can search for the missing recordings.

as a leader:

1973 Sunset to dawn
1974 Peruvian blue
1975 Lucifer
1978 Innocence
1981 At the piano
1982 Golden lotus
1984 Green chimneys
1984 Spiral
1986 1+1+1
1986 Landscape
1986 Scratch
1986 What if?
1987 Imo Live
1988 Live at Fat Tuesdays
1989 New York attitude
1994 The only one
1991 Invitation
1991 Lemuria-Seascape
1991 Live at Maybeck Recital Hall
1991 Quickstep
1993 Sambao
1994 The moment
1994 Other places
1995 Wanton spirit
1997 Things unseen
1998 The artistry of Kenny Barron
2000 Spirit song
2002 Live at Bradley's
2002 Canta Brasil
2004 A table for two
2004 Images
2005 Super standards (Super Trio)
2005 Live at Bradley's II: the perfect set
2005 Live at the Village Vanguard
2008 The traveler

as a co-leader:

Charlie Haden & Kenny Barron - Night and the city (1998)
George Robert & Kenny Barron - Peace (2003)
Harvie S (Swartz) with Kenny Barron - Now was the time (2008)
James Moody / Kenny Barron - Fly me to the moon (2007)
Kenny Barron / Barry Harris - Confirmation (1992)
Kenny Barron / Joe Locke - But beautiful (1991)
Kenny Barron & Buster Williams - Two as one (1986)
Kenny Barron & Regina Carter - Freefall (2001)
Kenny Barron & Ted Dunbar - In tandem (1975)
Kenny Barron - John Hicks Quartet - Rhythm-a-ning (1990)
Mino Cinelu / Kenny Barron - Swamp Sally (1996)
Red Mitchell / Kenny Barron - The Red Barron Duo (1988)
Stan Getz & Kenny Barron - Café Montmartre ()
Stan Getz & Kenny Barron - People time (1991)
The Jimmy Owens-Kenny Barron Quintet - You had better listen (1967)
Tommy Flanagan & Kenny Barron - Together (1978)


Kenny Barron - First half highlights (1997) ?
Kenny Barron - And then again (1997) ?
Kenny Barron - Autumn in New York (1985) [included in New York attitude]
Kenny Barron - Soft spoken here(1997) [Sunset to dawn + Golden lotus]
Kenny Barron -Third eye (2000) [Musica Jazz anthology]


Simon666 said...

Hi Dr jellyfish -
Thanks for your efforts here. It's Monday morning where I am so no real time to check at the moment. I've got as far as incorporating the leader albums from your post into the main discography, and will separate the co-leader ones into a different section later. Anything you could track down would be much appreciated !

Simon666 said...

Hi again Dr Jellyfish -
Now I've incorporated the co-leader discography, and moved the existing ones into that section. Thanks again,

Simon666 said...

Added to co-leader discography :


Have also added it to the "Kenny records 'Sunshower'" mini-discog.

Dr.Jellyfish said...

Kenny Barron recordings:

Kent Jordan - Essence
Ali Ryerson - Blue flute

Charlie Parker 10th Memorial Concert

other rareties coming soon!

Dr.Jellyfish said...

Kenny Barron recordings:

Sheila Jordan - Lost and found

ish said...

Hey Dr. Jellyfish, I've linked to your Sheila Jordan post at my Muse blog. Thanks!


Simon666 said...

Hi Dr Jellyfish,
Thanks again for these posts.
I'm not going to do a sideman discography - probably enough here to deal with! - but you've prompted me to seek out a few things for the main discographies.

Added :

Co-leader discography :

* 1991 with Stan Getz - "Copenhagen 1991" (bootleg) at Ubu Roi

* 2007 with James Moody - 'Fly me to the moon' (1962-63 recordings) at CIA

(actually in the original releases, they're Moody albums, but BArron is named as co-leader in the re-release version)

But please keep posting your stuff here, you've got a captive Kenny Barron audience ! :)
Thanks again,

Simon666 said...

Well, some pretty massive discography additions :


1986 'What if?'
1988 'Live at Fat Tuesdays'
1991 'Quickstep'
1993 "Sambao"
1994 "Jazz En Tete"
1996 'New York attitude'

... all at Musica Desde Las Antipodas


1989 with Stan Getz - "Bossas and Ballads : The Lost Sessions" at rfccbh

2002 with George Robert - 'Peace' at Musica Desde Las Antipodas

New section :

( Kenny Barron, Charlie Rouse / Gary Bartz, Ben Riley, Buster Williams)

1982 "Four In One" at Seventeen Green Buicks

1983 "Flight Path" at Call It Anything

1987 "Sphere" at Musica Desde Las Antipodas

Also - Dr jellyfish - did you see we pimped your Tom Harrell album in today's post ?

Dr.Jellyfish said...

Simon, what about a Hampton Hawes' megapost? If you like Kenny Barron...

Simon666 said...

Hi Dr Jellyfish,
I like a few Hampton Hawes, but am not not a huge fan ... I think you need the obsession to do these, so I'll leave that one to someone else :)

Dr.Jellyfish said...

Hampton Hawes playing Rhodes piano (video) with
Dexter Gordon, Bob Cranshaw, Kenny Clarke, 1973:


Dr.Jellyfish said...

I GOT IT !!!

Kenny Barron - Imo Live



Simon666 said...

Thanks Dr Jellyfish!
Added and linked :)

Dr.Jellyfish said...

Kenny Barron & Ted Dunbar - In tandem



Simon666 said...

Thanks Dr Jellyfish, all linked up :)

Dr.Jellyfish said...

Hi Simon,
could you upload "Swamp Sally"?
It's impossible to make the registration at the russian site...

Simon666 said...

Hi Dr jellyfish -
Managing to get in there but having probs. with the download, give me a day or so ,,,

Dr.Jellyfish said...

Hi Simon, take a look at this:

Simon666 said...

That's a mammoth effort Dr Jellyfish! Thanks for that, have added you to the blogroll ..

Simon666 said...

Added to the "Kenny on electric piano" discography section :

Elvin Jones - New Agenda (1975) posted at this blog.

Simon666 said...

Added to leader discog :

2005 'Live at Bradley's II: the perfect set'

Simon666 said...

Will be added to the "Kenny on electric piano" discography section :

Elvin Jones – “Time Capsule (1977)

Just posted at this blog, come check it out

lcbriza said...

Thanks a lot for KB discography and for this one in particular.

sveqs said...

thank you, swboy, Barron is always a treat! greg

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this one, allways nice to find new good music

ILIAS said...


Dr.Jellyfish said...

Kenny Barron Trio with Michael Brecker,
Live in Tokyo:

Simon666 said...

Thanks Dr Jellyfish, added!

Simon666 said...

Also added alternate link to 'What If" (1986) @ Barabara Sounds :


Great blog, check it out folks :)

Dr.Jellyfish said...

Hi Simon, take a look here:

Dr.Jellyfish said...

Here I posted some interesting links:

Simon666 said...

thanks a lot Dr Jellyfish, raiding your jazz book collection as we speak :)

open form said...

great sounds :o)

thank you



open form said...

still listening to it :o))

thank you again


ps some rhodes from 70 europe
is been reissued


rm said...

thank you. never enough neverenoughrhodes

rm said...

Thanks again!
Does anybody know, if "Lucifer" has shown up somewhere else; this one doesn't work any more:

rm said...

for KB Disco
2004 'Images' is here:

2005 'Super Trio'

Simon666 said...

Thanks for those links rm, have added :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the KB!

taro nombei said...

Hey Simon,
about time I dropped a comment here...
this is such a great post, tying all the KB material together.
This is a nice album too — thanks swboy — especially the first session with Sonny Fortune.

Simon666 said...

you're welcome TN :)

david said...


Funkfucianstvo said...

big thanks!beatiful music!

Andrew Irving said...

wow...this is another one I've got on vinyl that I've been looking for without success on CD. Thanks!

Simon666 said...

Thanks for the comments guys.

As well as re-upping this file I've added some new links in the "Kenny on electric piano" discography.

I shudder to think how many dead links are there now, but new ones are :

Roy Haynes - Togyu (1973)
(new today at Orgy In Rhythm)

Roland Prince - Colour Vision

Buddy Rich - Speak No Evil (1976)

gr8dane said...

Thank you.