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Kenny Werner is a world-class pianist and composer. His prolific output of compositions, recordings and publications continue to impact audiences around the world.

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  • Audio CD (March 15, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Half Note Records
  • ASIN: B004JAUD72
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,713 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sada
2. Siena
3. Balloons
4. Class Dismissed

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Kenny Werner assembles a sterling group of associates- Randy Brecker, David Sanchez, John Patitucci, Antonio Sanchez- for an in-depth examination of four originals, all showcasing Werner's singular approach to composition and the group's wizardry with improvisation. The tracks possess song-like qualities that evoke both a meditative air and the effortless whimsy of children at play. That these "children" are among jazz's greatest jazz practitioners, and Werner among its most compelling conceptualizers, only underscores the sophistication of this record. Recorded live at the Blue Note.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Miller on April 3, 2011
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Kenny Werner's latest is a live date from about a year ago with a killer band: Randy Brecker on trumpet, David Sanchez on saxophone, John Patitucci on bass and Antonio Sanchez on drums. This pairs the compositional genius of Werner with a band of improvisational titans and the results are spectacular, as one might imagine.

Each of the songs is long, all clocking in at over 11 minutes. 'Balloons' itself is nearly 18 minutes long. What's great about them is that they tend to have more of a compositional framework than just melody-solo-melody. 'Balloons' itself, for instance, while meant to convey a 'sense of childlike whimsy' (or so says the liner notes), starts off on a more plaintive note with a few minutes of Werner alone at the piano. After building up, the rest of the band comes in slowly, first just the occasional bass line or cymbal accent and then the horns come in for the melody proper. Patitucci, Brecker and David Sanchez all take solos before the melody is heard again the songs dissipates into the bass and drums. All the way through, 'Balloons' just floats along.

The album opener, 'Sada' is a contemplative piece with a sense of restrained passion. 'Siena' is buoyant and playful. The album closer, 'Class Dismissed' is a hard swinging yet cerebral piece. Its melody is full of stop time hits, and the result is a wonderful slosh of polyrhythms, both in the head and in the solos. It also contains a stunning Antonio Sanchez solo.

This is an eminently enjoyable album. These tunes are great vehicles for the soloists, who make the most of them. Highly recommended.
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This man has strong command of his instrument , great and deep ideas on composition , wonderful taste and tecnique on piano . I really enjoy almost all of his works , don't miss him .
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