Bobby Watson's 'Back To Kansas City' Debuts

A jazz icon continues to craft impressive songs and a recent offering sings the praises of Kansas City.

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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 the new album.

“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.”

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Bobby Watson to Release New Album "Back Home in Kansas City"

by Saxophonist/Composer Bobby Watson Draws Inspiration from the Rich Jazz Heritage of His Kansas City Hometown on Spirited New Album Back Home in Kansas City is Due out October 7 on Smoke Sessions Records Featuring 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 "The alto is a singing horn," says Bobby Watson, and the great saxophonist is in fine voice on his latest album, Back Home in Kansas City .