Seeds from the Underground

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Seeds From The Underground
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 10, 2012 (U.S.)
LabelMack Avenue Records
ProducerKenny Garrett, Donald Brown, Maria Ehrenreich
Kenny Garrett chronology
Sketches of MD: Live at The Iridium
Seeds From The Underground
Pushing the World Away
Professional ratings
Review scores
The New York Times(favorable)[2]
The Guardian[3]

Seeds from the Underground is the thirteenth studio album by Kenny Garrett. It was released on April 10, 2012, on Mack Avenue Records and received two Grammy nominations in Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo categories,[5] as well as a NAACP Image Award nomination in Outstanding Jazz Album category,[6] a Soul Train Award nomination in Best Traditional Jazz Artist/Group category,[7] a Jazz Awards nomination for Alto Saxophonist of the Year[8] and an Echo Award win in the Saxophonist of the Year category.[9] It features Garrett in a quintet with pianist Benito Gonzalez, bassist Nat Reeves, percussionist Rudy Bird and drummer Ronald Bruner, along with a small choir.

Critical reception[edit]

The album received a 77/100 score on Metacritic, based on four reviews from mainstream media.[10]

Track listing[edit]

1."Boogety Boogety"Kenny Garrett9:03
2."J. Mac"Kenny Garrett6:26
3."Wiggins"Kenny Garrett7:37
4."Haynes Here"Kenny Garrett7:27
5."Detroit"Kenny Garrett4:21
6."Seeds from the Underground"Kenny Garrett8:08
7."Du-Wo-Mo"Kenny Garrett8:16
8."Welcome Earth Song"Kenny Garrett8:43
9."Ballad Jarrett"Kenny Garrett6:22
10."Laviso, I Bon?"Kenny Garrett3:38



  • Kenny Garrett – piano, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone
  • Benito Gonzalez – piano
  • Nat Reeves – bass
  • Ronald Bruner – drums
  • Rudy Bird – bata, percussion, vocals
  • Donald Brown – vocals
  • Rusty Chops – vocals
  • Sengbe Kona Khasu – vocals
  • Nedelka Prescod – vocals
  • Misha Tarasov – vocals


  • Kenny Garrett – producer
  • Donald Brown – producer
  • Maria Ehrenreich – producer
  • Gretchen Valade – executive producer, liner notes
  • Greg Calbi – engineer (mastering)
  • Todd Whitelock – engineer (mixing)
  • Fernando Lodeiro – assistant engineer
  • Tim Marchiafava – assistant engineer
  • Damon Whittemore – assistant engineer
  • Will Wakefield – production manager
  • Tino Passante – studio manager
  • Randall Kennedy – creative director
  • Timothy Zach – art direction, design
  • Keith Major – photography

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Result Award Category Work
2012 Nominated NAACP Image Award Outstanding Jazz Album Seeds from the Underground
2012 Nominated Soul Train Awards Best Traditional Jazz Artist/Group Seeds from the Underground
2013 Nominated Grammy Award Best Jazz Instrumental Album[11] Seeds from the Underground
2013 Nominated Grammy Award Best Improvised Jazz Solo[11] "J. Mac" in Seeds from the Underground
2013 Won Echo Award Best International Jazz Saxophone Performance Seeds from the Underground

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Peak
Billboard Top Jazz Albums (2012)[12] 10


  1. ^ review
  2. ^ The New York Times review
  3. ^ The Guardian review
  4. ^ PopMatters review
  5. ^ "Kenny Garrett 2013 Grammy Award Nomination".
  6. ^ "Kenny Garrett NAACP Image Award Nomination" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-01-29.
  7. ^ "Kenny Garrett Soul Train Award Nomination".
  8. ^ "Kenny Garrett Jazz Award Nomination".
  9. ^ "Kenny Garrett Echo Award Win".
  10. ^ "Seeds from the Underground on Metacritic".
  11. ^ a b "Kenny Garrett". Recording Academy.
  12. ^ "Jazz Albums". Retrieved June 25, 2012.