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Frank Kimbrough, composer, pianist and educator

Frank Kimbrough Trio, LIVE AT KITANO

Frank Kimbrough Trio -][- LIVE AT KITANO –Mp3– [Palmetto, 2012] –

Pianist/composer Frank Kimbrough has been active on the New York jazz scene for nearly 30 years. He is currently a Palmetto recording artist, having previously recorded as a leader for OmniTone, Soul Note, Igmod, and Mapleshade. Frank was a founding member and composer-in-residence of the Jazz Composers Collective (1992 – 2005), and during the Collective’s existence played in nearly twenty of its associated groups. He continues to perform solo concerts and with his trio, and is otherwise in demand as a sideman. Frank’s playing has been recognized by his inclusion in the Downbeat Critics Poll each year since 2001, and his recordings are often included in jazz critics’ year’s-end top-ten lists.

Frank’s most recent trio CD is Rumors (Palmetto), with bassist Masa Kamaguchi and drummer Jeff Hirshfield. It features seven of Kimbrough’s original compositions, along with one by the Catalan composer Federico Mompou. It was released in spring 2010.

Kimbrough’s much anticipated debut solo piano recording, Air features Frank’s original compositions alongside tunes by Paul Motian, Thelonious Monk, and Duke Ellington. In a recent review in The New York Times, Nate Chinen says “fittingly, rewardingly, it’s a mature and personal reflection. He approaches each theme with generosity and composure. His readings of Monk’s “Coming On The Hudson” and “Jackie-ing”, both resplendent in tensions, hint at an elusive mastery.” His 2007 solo concert at New York’s Rubin Museum of Art was named among the best performances of the year by All About Jazz New York, and Air one of the top 10 Jazz CDs of 2008 by Slate Magazine.

Growing up in Roxboro, NC in a musical family, Kimbrough received full support for his musical endeavors, as both of his parents and all of his siblings were musicians. He has been playing piano since before he can remember and received influential piano instruction from an early age. His foundation in classical music studies grounded him in strong technique and profoundly influenced his open musical tastes. After leaving college, he formed his first trio and set out in pursuit of real world musical opportunities, first in Chapel Hill, and then in Washington, D.C. In Washington he met Shirley Horn, who became an enthusiastic supporter and mentor. He worked there with his trio, and as a sideman with Maurice Robertson, Buck Hill, Paul Horn, Anthony Braxton and Webster Young. Arriving in New York in the fall of 1981, he sought out pianists Paul Bley and Andrew Hill, both unique artists who helped him hone his artistic identity. In 1985, he won the Great American Jazz Piano Competition at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. The next year, on Shirley Horn’s recommendation, he made his first recordings and since then has recorded sixteen albums as a leader or co-leader. -[Biography | Excerpt ]-

Track Listing:
1. Helix (Kimbrough)
2. Blues In The Closet (Pettiford)
3. Arabesque (Motian)
4. Dusk (Hill)
5. Single Petal Of A Rose (Ellington)
6. Falling Waltz (Kimbrough)
7. Lover Man (Davis/Sherman/Ramirez)
8. Hymn (Kimbrough)

Frank Kimbrough – piano
Jay Anderson – double bass
Matt Wilson – drums

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