KG in the house once again! This time with an all new band and the precision and speed are still up to par. “3rd Quadrant is on hit and the set is off and flowin’ at top speed. It was fire from the start, just like a race driver punching fifth gear right off the bat. Rocking, rolling, swaying and spittin’ all kinds of notes, Kenny is known for his high power intensity. The wall of fire is electrifying!
On piano, Carlton King was tearing it up. The tune was in eight and his fingers were splayed like Sphere and bangin’ like Chuch! A man I have seen before, but still did not quite get his name, on bass was moving up and down the neck with ease. Thumping and plucking and keeping the bottom tight!
Kenny seems to find the most remarkable drummers. Each different, but all with the most intense energy that you have not seen in a very long time. That intensity is not a prerequisite but a given when it comes to a Kenny Garrett quartet. The word that best describes this band is FIERCE! On fire from the start. If you were a novice, you would have been blown out the back of the club with only your silhouette left in the wall. I guess that it is good that all of those who dawn upon Catalina Bar and Grill have the ears and come down to hear jazz in its pure form.
The band is working hard but, having fun at the same time. I heard KG with a little “Oh Do Da Daa” quote that made some of us smile from ear to ear. This band is cohesive and they all feel and are a part of the music, they came to play. Kenny runs a tight ship and his team is lookin’ like Shaq, Kobe, Carl and Payton dominating the stage.