Often considered the last great sideman of Miles Davis, Garrett emerged in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a definitive voice of the alto saxophone. His 2006 release, Beyond the Wall, is inspired by Garrett's journey through China and has the feeling of an album that was a lifetime in the making. With East vs. West underpinnings and a pairing of old (Pharoah Sanders) against new (Garrett), the title track explores these contrasts, yet is still bound together by Coltrane-like spirituality and McCoy Tyner-like musicality. Garrett's intensity might overwhelm some, but his playing on this track exhibits his style at its most inspired level.
01. Calling 02. Beyond The Wall 03. Qing Wen 04. Realization (Marching Toward The Light) 05. Tsunami Song 06. Kiss to the Skies 07. NOW 08. Gwoka 09. May Peace Be Upon Them
Kenny Garrett (alto sax) Pharoah Sanders (tenor sax) Brian Blade (drums) Robert Hurst (bass) Mulgrew Miller (piano)
"Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art." - CHARLIE PARKER