Kenny Washington best albums

adamosmianski

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I'm not sure Kenny has actually done a record as a leader, but his sideman list is enormous.

Anything with Bill Charlap is killing. I'm a big fan of the Melvin Rhyne stuff as well.

Check out the Criss Cross label. He's done a bunch of stuff there and their website is great.
 
I'm with the above folks in saying that I don't believe Kenny has done a recording as a leader. I also agree the Mel Rhyne ("Stick to the Kick " is good), and Charlap dates are smoking.

However, his body of work as a sideman speaks for itself.

I'd go with 'Jazz Poet' by Tommy Flanagan as one of his best-known dates. The track, 'Mean Streets,' is one of his signature tunes, which also is the nickname that Flanagan bestowed upon him.

Here are four records that are a bit under the radar and may be hard to locate if you want physical copies. However, you can find select videos on YouTube.

Mulgrew Miller - 'From Day to Day' is great. Check out Kenny's 4s on the tune 'Playthang".
Joshua Breakstone - "Self-Portrait in Swing'. This might be very hard to find. But, Kenny is excellent on this side - especially on "Some Enchanted Evening."
Ralph Moore - "Images" - This is an overall great record. Check out Kenny on "This I Dig of You" and his Latin groove on "Episode From a Village Dance."
Johnny Griffin - "The Cat" - Check out the solo on the contrafact of "What Is This Thing Called Love," "Hot Sake."

Phil
 
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