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What If?

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Phantoms
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What If?
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Close To You Alone
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Dexterity
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Voyage
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Lullaby
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Trinkle Tinkle
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Total Tracks: 7   Total Length: 42:18

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Sheila Jordan’s Place in the Sunshine

By Kevin Whitehead, Contributor

Our story starts in Pennsylvania coal country, 1962. Jazz singer Sheila Jordan had taken her new friend George Russell to visit the hardscrabble hills where she'd spent her early years. At a local beer garden, Jordan performed an impromptu "You Are My Sunshine" with her grandmother on piano. Russell was an ultramodern composer, and the old song as corny as breakfast flakes - but Sheila's version got to him. Back in New York, he arranged… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Although brief at just over 42 minutes long, this is a satisfying effort from pianist Kenny Barron. His second Enja release documents a quintet consisting of trumpeter Wallace Roney, tenor saxophonist John Stubblefield, bassist Cecil McBee, and drummer Victor Lewis. The entire quintet is showcased on four Barron originals, the haunting melody of “Phantoms,” the freebop of the title track, the relaxed swing of “Voyage,” and the lovely waltz “Lullabye.” Barron performs with McBee and Lewis on McBee’s beautiful ballad “Close to You Alone, performs an up-tempo duet with Lewis on Charlie Parker’s “Dexterity,” and goes solo on Thelonious Monk’s “Trinkle Trinkle.” Long considered as one of the finest pianists in jazz, Barron’s excellent composing skills are also evident on this worthy addition to his discography. – Greg Turner

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