March 2, 2000 |
Assembling the elements of a smoothly functioning jazz ensemble isn't as easy as itseems. Sometimes, though each individual element appears to be a perfect choice, together they seem to lack effective connectivity. The quintet, for example, that pianist Kenny Barron brought to the Jazz Bakery on Tuesday for a six-night run appeared to promise a wealth of jazz riches.
September 27, 1999 |
Anyone interested in a broad view of the woes facing the American health care system would come away well-informed, if not depressed, after reading these three new books. Each, in a different way, arrives at the same bottom line: You are responsible for your own success or failure in navigating today's health care system. No one--not your doctor, hospital, government representative, insurer--is looking out for you.
November 1, 1998 |
Dan Gurney's Santa Ana-based All American Racers had an up-and-down day. Rookie driver Alex Barron crashed after qualifying, but because the damage was so extensive, officials will allow Barron to use his backup car today without penalty. Before the new Eagle chassis' rear gave way and Barron crashed going into Turn 2, he reached 230.430 mph, good enough for 15th--the best qualifying position for AAR with a Toyota engine.
April 7, 1998 |
At first glance, pianist Kenny Barron and bassist Charlie Haden appear to be a musical odd couple. Barron's fleet, harmony-rich, sophisticated approach seems inherently diametrical to the dark fundamentalism of Haden's folk- and country-rooted style. But there are similarities as well. Both are longtime educators, and both have had lengthy careers as much-in-demand sidemen. In recent years, Barron, 54, has become one of the most admired pianists in jazz.
April 6, 1998 |
At first glance, pianist Kenny Barron and bassist Charlie Haden are a musical odd couple. Barron's fleet, harmony-rich, sophisticated approach seems inherently diametric to the dark fundamentalism of Haden's folk- and country-rooted style. But there are similarities. Both are longtime educators, and both have had lengthy careers as much-in-demand sidemen.
March 8, 1998 |
Pianist Kenny Barron's continuing series of first-rate musical outings produces yet another impressive performance in this perfectly titled, spontaneous partnership with bassist Charlie Haden. They have recorded together before--most notably on Barron's Grammy-nominated 1995 "Wanton Spirit"--but never in the stark, musically demanding setting of bass and piano alone.
November 9, 1997 |
Jazz pianists have, in effect, the melodic, rhythmic and harmonic potential of an orchestra at their fingertips. So it's not surprising that most (with some obvious exceptions) are generally content as leaders to work in basic trio and quartet formats. But not Kenny Barron, a firm believer in musical eclecticism--an eclecticism clearly present in this superb new recording.
May 24, 1997 |
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement said it will look at the ties between Hilton Hotels Corp. Chairman Barron Hilton and a self-described arms dealer and smuggler from Costa Mesa. Businessman Felix Vivas, who had spoken and corresponded numerous times with Hilton over an eight-year period, contacted the hotel executive in 1994 about a proposal to sell military helicopters to Mexico, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Hilton declined to participate in the venture.
March 25, 1997 |
If there's anyone who lives and breathes the entertainment business, it's Lisbeth Barron, a 36-year-old financial whiz who's among a top group of workaholic investment bankers on Wall Street devoted to making even the most impossible deals happen. She is among a rather exclusive group of less than 20 senior bankers on Wall Street whose expertise and savvy can have great influence on significant transactions in the media business.
January 9, 1997 |
Any list of important pianists at the moment has to include Kenny Barron, the versatile player who has been a mainstay of the New York jazz scene since the late '60s. He's a reliable pillar and coveted side man who makes other musicians sound good and rewards attentive ears. Suddenly, at age 53, Barron is getting some just deserts as a band leader with several acclaimed albums on the Verve label.