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Back Home in Kansas City

Bobby Watson

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Tracklist

Back Home in Kansas City
Red Bank Heist
Our Love Remains (featuring Carmen Lundy)
Bon Voyage
The Star in the East
Mind Wine
Celestial
Dear Lord
Side Steps
I’m Glad There Is You
Blues for Alto

About The Album

SAXOPHONIST/COMPOSER BOBBY WATSON DRAWS INSPIRATION from the rich jazz heritage of his Kansas City hometown on his spirited album Back Home in Kansas City. It features an all-star quintet with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, pianist Cyrus Chestnut, bassist Curtis Lundy and drummer Victor Jones, with a guest appearance by singer Carmen Lundy.

As the title suggests, Back Home in Kansas City also pays homage to Watson’s hometown and its own rich musical heritage. The saxophonist grew up in KC, leaving to study at the University of Miami and then spending a quarter century making his name in New York City. He returned home in 2000 to serve as Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music & Dance, retiring 20 years later.

His retirement coinciding with the pandemic, Watson found himself with plenty of time to reflect on Kansas City’s importance to his distinctive sound and, gradually, to play for local audiences who helped attune his approach to the blend of soul and balladry that makes up this new album.

Throughout Back Home in Kansas City, Watson’s gift for telling stories with his saxophone is on vibrant display. “Being out here in Kansas City has given me a chance to slow down and go deeper into what I want to play,” he explains. “The Kansas City audience is a sophisticated audience because of the history of this town. We’ve got people out here who have heard a lot of music. So I’m not playing down to the audience, and I’m not trying to simplify anything. I’m simply coming out of what I feel in my heart and my soul.”

Personnel

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