Kenny Barron (b. 9 June 1943, Philadelphia) is one of the most talented and prolific jazz pianists around today. He's on one or two hundred albums, easily. First listen to a solo or trio album of his and you'll understand why everyone wants him to be on their album, in fact most record companies have the same desire. His most recent album, Freefall pairs him with the young jazz violinist Regina Carter.

Barron's most important training came with Dizzy Gillespie from 1962-1966. After that he played with the likes of trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and saxist Yusef Lateef and bassist Ron Carter. Along with Charlie Rouse, he co-led a group called Sphere dedicated to playing the music (but not exclusively) of Thelonious Sphere Monk. Since then he has led many, many trios, and appeared as a sideman on dozens of albums.

Barron has been an educator, associated with Rutgers University in New Jersey, for several decades.

I have two of his albums: Live at Maybeck Recital Hall (solo album) and Wanton Spirit (trio with Charlie Haden and Roy Haynes), and they both blow me away. He's easily my favorite pianist to listen to.

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