(1993) The Secrets Of

Rodney Kendrick

... read moreA member of vocalist Abbey Lincoln's group at the time of this recording, this is pianist Rodney Kendrick's debut as a leader. For this recording he has gathered several musical contemporaries playing in various combinations for a varied program of nine selections, including four written by Kendrick...

59′:51″ 9 Songs

1
Rodney Kendrick
Slide The World Into Place (Instrumental)
6:53
2
Rodney Kendrick
Ganawa In Paris (Instrumental)
10:02
3
Rodney Kendrick
The New World Is Ordered (Instrumental)
3:35
4
Rodney Kendrick
Berkshire Blues (Instrumental)
7:40
5
Rodney Kendrick
Dig (Instrumental)
6:32
6
Rodney Kendrick
Sharon (Instrumental)
6:19
7
Rodney Kendrick
Slick Exit (Instrumental)
4:45
8
Rodney Kendrick
Takin It With Me (Instrumental)
4:52
9
Rodney Kendrick
Down Here Below (Instrumental)
9:13
Released 01 January 1993, ℗ 1993 Decca Records France

Review

A member of vocalist Abbey Lincoln's group at the time of this recording, this is pianist Rodney Kendrick's debut as a leader. For this recording he has gathered several musical contemporaries playing in various combinations for a varied program of nine selections, including four written by Kendrick and two written by pianist Randy Weston, the African percussion-driven "Ganawa in Paris" and a beautiful trio reading of "Berkshire Blues." In addition to Weston, Thelonius Monk seems to be Kendrick's other primary influence, as heard in his solos throughout this recording and his playful introduction to Miles Davis' "Dig," a medium swinger based on "Sweet Georgia Brown" that features excellent contributions from alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett and trumpeter Roy Hargrove. Garrett and Hargrove also contribute mightily to Kendrick's "Slide the World Into Place" and "Slick Exit," while cornetist Graham Haynes and tenor saxophonist Houston Person show their stuff on Kendrick and Tarus Mateen's "The New World Is Ordered" and Tyler Mitchell's "Takin' It With Me." This is a very promising debut from an up-and-coming pianist. ~ Greg Turner