On his newest album, Friends, Stanley Jordan takes the time-honored path of inviting a hand picked cadre of special guests: guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli, Mike Stern, Russell Malone and Charlie Hunter, violinist Regina Carter, saxophonists Kenny Garrett and Ronnie Laws, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, bassists Christian McBride and Charnett Moffett, and drummer Kenwood Dennard.
No question about it--Kenwood Dennard is a drummer's drummer.
I hope his
performances here make many more people aware of his
As a progressive rock fan, I loved his
work with the band Brand X back in the 70s and I used to watch him perform with Jaco Pastorius in the early 80s.
creativity is unsurpassed.
In fact, every time we play together he
does something new that I've never heard before.
We've played together for over 20 years now and he
just keeps getting better!
music inside and out, having a deep background in harmony and music theory in general, so he
understands what I'm doing and he
knows just how to play with me in all situations.
Listen to how he
playing perfectly for each song.
That's why he is the only drummer on this album.
Mirroring the Zen of all this, Kenwood Dennard
played live drums and keyboards simultaneously!
played the drums and the keyboard at the same time live in the studio with no overdubs!