Seeds from the Underground

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Seeds From The Underground
Studio album by Kenny Garrett
Released April 10, 2012 (U.S.)
Genre Jazz
Length 70:01
Label Mack Avenue Records
Producer Kenny Garrett & Donald Brown
Kenny Garrett chronology
Sketches of MD
(2008)Sketches of MD2008
Seeds From The Underground
Pushing the World Away
(2013)Pushing the World Away2013
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 4/5 stars[1]
The New York Times (favorable)[2]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[3]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[4]

Seeds from the Underground is a 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]

Critical reception[edit]

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

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Boogety Boogety" Kenny Garrett 9:03
2. "J. Mac" Kenny Garrett 6:26
3. "Wiggins" Kenny Garrett 7:37
4. "Haynes Here" Kenny Garrett 7:27
5. "Detroit" Kenny Garrett 4:21
6. "Seeds from the Underground" Kenny Garrett 8:08
7. "Du-Wo-Mo" Kenny Garrett 8:16
8. "Welcome Earth Song" Kenny Garrett 8:43
9. "Ballad Jarrett" Kenny Garrett 6:22
10. "Laviso, I Bon?" Kenny Garrett 3:38


  • Kenny Garrett – Arranger, Composer, Piano, Primary Artist, Producer, Quotation Author, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
  • Rudy Bird – Bata, Percussion, Vocals
  • Donald Brown – Producer, Vocals
  • Ronald Bruner – Drums
  • Greg Calbi – Mastering
  • Rusty Chops – Vocals
  • Maria Ehrenreich – Producer
  • Benito Gonzalez – Piano
  • Randall Kennedy – Creative Director
  • Sengbe Kona Khasu – Vocals
  • Fernando Lodeiro – Assistant Engineer
  • Keith Major – Photography
  • Tim Marchiafava – Assistant Engineer
  • Tino Passante – Studio Manager
  • Nedelka Prescod – Vocals
  • Nat Reeves – Bass
  • Misha Tarasov – Vocals
  • Gretchen Valade – Executive Producer, Liner Notes
  • Will Wakefield – Production Manager
  • Todd Whitelock – Engineer, Mixing
  • Damon Whittemore – Assistant Engineer
  • Timothy Zach – Art Direction, Design

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Result Award Category Work
2012 Nominated Grammy Award Best Jazz Instrumental Album Seeds from the Underground
2012 Nominated Grammy Award Best Improvised Jazz Solo "J. Mac"
2012 Nominated NAACP Image Award Outstanding Jazz Album Seeds from the Underground
2012 Nominated Soul Train Award Best Traditional Jazz Artist/Group Seeds from the Underground
2012 Nominated Jazz Awards Alto Saxophonist of the Year
2012 Won Echo Award Saxophonist of the Year

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Peak
Billboard Top Jazz Albums (2012)[11] 10