FRANK KIMBROUGH TRIO, LIVE AT KITANO

Here’s the thing about pianist Frank Kimbrough: he’s been active on the jazz scene for 25 years, with a handful of excellent solo recordings (“Lullabluebye” is a good one) and many more as a founding member of the Jazz Composer’s Collective. He’s a teacher, composer and is currently the pianist with Maria Schneider’s Orchestra, too. But the really amazing part is that for “Live At Kitano” Kimbrough planned no rehearsals, no set list and had little discussion with his trio, bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Matt Wilson, as to what they would play. Though not alone in that practice, Kimbrough makes this session a bit magical by establishing a rapturous conversation between three high-caliber musicians right from the start.

Kimbrough is physically bearish in stature, but asserts his strength with an extraordinarily sensitive playing style. He’s particularly good at delivering delicate melodic statements, as on his improvised “Helix,” and he lets tunes flow to his trio where rhythmic impulses are shaped by contrasting bass notes and intriguing percussion. The pianist explores music by Andrew Hill (the wonderful, shape-shifting “Dusk”) and a tune by Oscar Pettiford, a decisively swinging “Blue In The Closet” that gives bassist Jay Anderson an opportunity to flex. Anderson played with pianist Joe Sample’s trio for many years and his soulful sound is just as rewarding here. It’s a great showcase for Matt Wilson, too. He’s a drummer who artfully works subtle shifts of tone and tempo to great effect. Kimbrough also pays tribute to a former colleague Paul Motian on the moody yet beautiful “Arabesque” and reestablishes Ellington’s “Single Petal Of A Rose,” as something more sacred. The superb “Live At Kitano” led by the one-of-a-kind Kimbrough puts you in a seat at the club and the trio delivers the goods. (8 tracks; 60:41 minutes) www.palmetto-records.com
 
Frank Kimbrough will be appearing with his trio at Kitano in NYC on December 14 and 15. Plan your visit: www.kitano.com

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JAZZ IN SPACE: FRANK KIMBROUGH TRIO, LIVE AT KITANO

Friday, November 30, 2012

FRANK KIMBROUGH TRIO, LIVE AT KITANO

Here’s the thing about pianist Frank Kimbrough: he’s been active on the jazz scene for 25 years, with a handful of excellent solo recordings (“Lullabluebye” is a good one) and many more as a founding member of the Jazz Composer’s Collective. He’s a teacher, composer and is currently the pianist with Maria Schneider’s Orchestra, too. But the really amazing part is that for “Live At Kitano” Kimbrough planned no rehearsals, no set list and had little discussion with his trio, bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Matt Wilson, as to what they would play. Though not alone in that practice, Kimbrough makes this session a bit magical by establishing a rapturous conversation between three high-caliber musicians right from the start.

Kimbrough is physically bearish in stature, but asserts his strength with an extraordinarily sensitive playing style. He’s particularly good at delivering delicate melodic statements, as on his improvised “Helix,” and he lets tunes flow to his trio where rhythmic impulses are shaped by contrasting bass notes and intriguing percussion. The pianist explores music by Andrew Hill (the wonderful, shape-shifting “Dusk”) and a tune by Oscar Pettiford, a decisively swinging “Blue In The Closet” that gives bassist Jay Anderson an opportunity to flex. Anderson played with pianist Joe Sample’s trio for many years and his soulful sound is just as rewarding here. It’s a great showcase for Matt Wilson, too. He’s a drummer who artfully works subtle shifts of tone and tempo to great effect. Kimbrough also pays tribute to a former colleague Paul Motian on the moody yet beautiful “Arabesque” and reestablishes Ellington’s “Single Petal Of A Rose,” as something more sacred. The superb “Live At Kitano” led by the one-of-a-kind Kimbrough puts you in a seat at the club and the trio delivers the goods. (8 tracks; 60:41 minutes) www.palmetto-records.com
 
Frank Kimbrough will be appearing with his trio at Kitano in NYC on December 14 and 15. Plan your visit: www.kitano.com

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