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.
December 20, 1996 |
Maybe Lyle Barron had better try picking on someone his own size. Jimmy "The Stump" Buffo, the 5-foot-5 former Valley College linebacker and World's Toughest Man contestant from North Hollywood, made good in his professional boxing debut by knocking out the 6-4 Barron 2 minutes 20 seconds into the second round of their scheduled four-round heavyweight fight Thursday night at the Reseda Country Club.
November 22, 1996 |
San Francisco-based saxophonist Wainapel accomplishes two worthy goals with this surprising album: bringing light to the compositional skills of pianist Kenny Barron and attention to his own controlled, competent playing. The first of two "suites" concentrates on Barron's mainstream work, with Wainapel playing soprano, alto and tenor in front of the 50-piece Danish Metropole Orchestra conducted by Rob Pronk.
October 15, 1996 |
One of the great joys of jazz is the subtle but compelling intimacy with which it reveals an artist's inner self. Most popular music, for all its appeal, allows a performer to remain behind a shield of song, drama and theatricality. Not so with the jazz improviser, whose every solo has the potential to be a soul-baring experience.
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April 11, 1996 |
One of Florida's wealthiest families is quietly trying to pull off a land swap that would give it the Tustin Marine Corps Helicopter Air Station and three other closing military bases in return for its oil drilling rights under fragile federal wetlands in south Florida. The Barron Collier Partnership, among the largest property owners and developers in Florida, first pitched the idea to the U. S.
January 11, 1996 |
What does a world-class jazz musician do when his band can't show up for the gig? Kenny Barron had the answer Tuesday night at Catalina Bar & Grill when the other two members of his trio--bassist Ray Drummond and drummer Ben Riley--were grounded by the East Coast blizzard of '96. He called up a couple of local musicians and, undeterred by the hastily assembled setting, proceeded to play one of the hottest opening sets heard at the club in years.
January 9, 1996 |
Chantal Pharmaceutical Corp.'s shares plunged 62% on Monday as investors soured on the prospects of the company's flagship anti-wrinkle product. A Barron's magazine article questioned the product's potential and raised concerns about the company's ties to a distributor who is the target of several fraud suits. Los Angeles-based Chantal's stock sank $11.81 to close at $7.31 on Nasdaq in trading of 7.7 million shares--making it the most actively traded stock in the United States on Monday.
January 9, 1996 |
Kenny Barron would have a lot easier time passing as a college professor than as a late-blooming jazz star. As it turns out, he is both. In action, the veteran pianist is a model of efficiency and dedication. Modestly unassuming, slightly balding, neatly mustachioed, he makes few wasted motions while he plays. No physical gymnastics, no dramatics, only a pure focus on the keyboard, where his fleet fingers spin out soaring melodies and brisk, captivating rhythms with seemingly effortless grace.
August 19, 1995
Barron Matalon, 47, Hollywood hairdresser whose clients included Jane Fonda, Debra Winger, Madeleine Stowe and Rosemary Clooney. Matalon won national attention in 1986 when he created a chin-length modern shag cut for Fonda to model at the Academy Awards. He nicknamed the revisited style "the new 'Klute' " after one of the actress's films, and described it as an updated version of the 1960s layered look. He also gave the short cut to Fonda's daughter Vanessa Vadim.
May 7, 1995 |
Pianist Kenny Barron's previous albums on the Verve label, spruced up with horns or tied to a particular style of music, have done him little justice. But those who have seen Barron work live or heard his European or Japanese releases know him as one of a handful of living keyboardists able to transport listeners with an expansive sense of expression and mood. "Wanton Spirit" delivers these qualities in abundance and will satisfy the fans who have found his previous Verve discs wanting.