KENNY DAVERN, IRREPLACEABLE

Thanks to Don Wolff for recording and posting this splendidly moving reading of ONE HOUR — from the 1997 Mid-America Jazz Festival — by Kenny, Howard Alden, Johnny Varro, Bob Haggart, and Joe Ascione.  Majesty, simplicity, delicacy, and power . . . . and the first chorus alone is a graduate seminar in lovely melodic embellishment:

And when you’ve gotten through marveling at what Kenny plays, fore and aft, check Johnny Varro’s one chorus — equally marvelous, understated, easy to overlook. 

Don Wolff’s YouTube channel is “MrDonWolff” or a reasonable facsimile thereof — worth several hours of fascinated watching . . . .

2 responses to “KENNY DAVERN, IRREPLACEABLE

  1. What can one say about this performance that Jazz Lives hasn’t already said?

  2. Kenny really knocked it out of the park here, and on the other tunes recorded that day. It’s hard to believe that it has been just over four years since he left us (12.12.06). Sometimes I still find myself counting the days… Definitely irreplaceable.

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