His/her father was saxophonist tenor. The career of Kenny Garret started when he united the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1978, then, directed by the son of Duke, Mercer Ellington. Three years later he played in the Mel Lewis Orchestra (interpreting the music of Thad Jones) and also in the Dannie Richmond Quartet (working more particularly on the compositions of Charles Mingus).
In 1984, it recorded its first album as a leader. Consequently, it composed 11 albums of which much was nominated with the Grammy Awards. During its career, Kenny played with many artists of jazz like Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders, Brian Blade, Bobby Hutcherson, Ron Carter, Elvin Jones, Marcus Miller, Mulgrew Miller or Robben Ford.
The music of Garrett contains sometimes Asian influences, an aspect which one particularly finds in his album Beyond The Wall composed in 2006.
Beyond the Wall, 2006; Standard
- off Language, 2003;
- Happy People, 2002;
- Simply Said, 1999;
- Songbook, 1997;
- Pursuance: The Music off John Coltrane, 1996;
- Triology, 1995;
- Stars & Stripes Live, 1995;
- Threshold, 1994;
- Black Hope, 1992;
- African Exchange Student, 1990;
- Prisoner off Coils, 1989;
- Garrett, 5 Paddle Wheel, 1998;
- Introducing Kenny Garrett, 1984.
With Miles Davis
- Live Around the World, 1988-1990;
- Amandla, 1989;
- Highlights from the supplements Miles Davis At Montreux, 1973-1991;
- Miles & Quincy Live At Montreux, 1991.
With MARCUS MILLER
- Live & More, 1998;
- Panther/live, 2004.
- Official site
- Biographie in Duke Jazz Files
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