NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron has announced his new album The Source, his first solo piano release since 1981.

With this nine-track recording, the iconic pianist returns to four original compositions and five enduring standards (including classic tunes by Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Billy Strayhorn), all of which Barron intends to serve as vessels of intimacy and vulnerability.

“One of the things I’m after when I’m playing is communicating on an emotional level,” says the 79-year-old musician. “A response of ‘Hmmm…’ is not what I’m after. ‘That was really interesting’ is not what I’m after. I want people to feel something.”