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
Kenny Garrett chronology
Sketches of MD
Seeds From The Underground
Pushing the World Away
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic.com4/5 stars[1]
The New York Times(favorable)[2]
The Guardian3/5 stars[3]
PopMatters8/10 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]

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 – 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


  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. ^ "Jazz Albums". Retrieved June 25, 2012.