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Friday At Five by Kenny Carr

After ten years standing and creating memories with Ray Charles, the unleashing of the multi-talented strings of Kenny Carr will hit the shelves of jazz on September 20, 2005. Friday at Five exhibits a true inner sense as to his ability and knowledge, while grasping the neck of this classic string mechanism. Mr. Carr has control over his talents and understanding of jazz techniques, as this debut project is unearthed. A very cool ride along the strings!

Along with Mr. Carr on this project, which was suppose to be only a demo jam, is a pleasant compilation of talented and innovative sounds. Tenor saxman Donny McCaslin brings some robust sounds to the spin. Also, note the keys of John Dryden, who sits back on most cuts and forms the whole effort together. However, the whole class of artists brings life to the effort brought forward for your acceptance.

A number of cuts have great personalities. "Coast To Coast" flaunts the innovative string talents of Mr. Carr however; McCaslin’s sax and the leadership of Tony Mason’s skins are most obvious. Upbeat and strong, the cut offers a great blend of melody changes and tones that bring you from a strong high to a passive tone emotionally with professional ease.

"Fly Away" lifts you out of the project with a delicate melodic guitar intro segued with a percussion piece that is pleasingly executed. Notice again the keyboards, which play a major role in the success of this cut, very dignified and insightful choice to end the debut effort.

For the years spent on the road and practicing/displaying his craft, Mr. Carr has earned his right to go to this level. Along with the cast of characters by his side, Friday at Five is an enjoyable and worthy spin. Look for more from this man and his talents.

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Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Kenny Carr
  • CD Title: Friday At Five
  • Genre: Smooth Jazz
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Self Produced
  • Tracks: New York Shuffle, Ray’s Riff, Gramercy Groove, Movin’ On, Friday At Five, Coast-To-Coast, Exit 16, Fly Away, Santa Cruzin’
  • Musicians: Kenny Carr (guitars, guitar synthesizer, piano, organ), Donny McCaslin (tenor saxophone), John Bailey (trumpet), John Dryden (keyboards, trumpet), Andy Hess (bass), Tony Mason (drums)
  • Rating: Three Stars
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