by Jeff Becker
A prime example of this premise is exhibited in “Thumbprints,” the flamenco stylings of single lines, gives Kenner an added ability that creates a depth to the experience, the acoustic nylon steel-string choice adds a nice foil to the overall group sound. Pianist, Albert Marques exhibits a balance of attack, complexity and expressiveness that propels the track to fervor. The arrangement sports cascading 6/8 anthems between linear straight eight sections, which gives drummer Darrel Green a vehicle to shine.
In contrast “Seventh Trine” is a swinging traditional cut inspired by Gerry Mulligan. The use of descending 7th chords blended with bright major seventh harmonies provides a blend of traditional swing, coupled with today’s language of modern jazz for a nice blending of yesterday and today’s sound. Kenner’s lines are bold and clear, which elevates the listeners experience and proves that Kenner is a sound voice in the jazz fabric, definitely one to watch.