Standard Of Language

Kenny Garrett

10 March 2003

One of the last significant graduates of Miles Davis’s groups, as well as a sideman for legends like Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw, Kenny emerged in the mid 80s as one of the freshest talents on the jazz scene.  The multi-Grammy® nominee brings a muscular yet lyrical eloquence to everything he lends his artistry - from collaborating with the New Jersey symphony on Adagio For Strings to mixing it up with hip-hop legend GURU on his Jazzmatazz projects; be it swinging hard with legends Miles Davis and Art Blakey, or rockin’ out with Sting and Peter Gabriel.

On Standard of Language, his eighth album for Warner Bros., Kenny Garrett delivers some of his strongest work to date, digging deeper into his composing while bringing a crackling vibrancy to his studio work.

For Standard of Language, Garrett again works with the primary quartet that recorded and subsequently toured behind his previous album, Happy People. At the core is drummer Chris Dave--a player from the hip-hop school but with a strong jazz sensibility. "Chris is very energetic like Tony Williams,” Garrett states. “That's why I chose Charnett Moffett (a veteran of Williams' band) to handle the bass. He's played with everyone from Ornette Coleman to McCoy Tyner and I've known him since he was 17. On piano, I wanted someone who was a stylistic contrast to me. Vernell Brown is more from the free school of jazz. That keeps things fresh and interesting."