The great dilemma facing a music reviewer is how to discuss an artist's work intelligently within an historical continuum without getting too hung up on musical influences and reference points. Such is the case with drummer / composer Franklin Kiermyer whose music, while totally original, is redolent with the intensity and seeking spirituality of the John Coltrane Quartet. Describing this music as Coltrane-influenced simply doesn't do it justice. What the Canadian drummer and his quartet are doing here is unique, while being recognizably based in the languages first developed during the mid-to- late 1960s by John Coltrane, and subsequently extended ...read more
Expat Canadian drummer Franklin Kiermyer's sublime and passionate Further is a cohesive work that is both transcendent and crackles with a visceral vitality. The album revolves around themes that are inspired by saxophonist John Coltrane's late career explorations but the Oslo-based Kiermyer and his band are not mere impersonating devotees. They imbue every tune with originality and a brilliant and imaginative urgency. The centerpiece of the recording is Between Joy & Consequence," with its two takes. Pianist Benito Gonzalez opens the first with chiming, hypnotic keystrokes ushering in Kiermyer's thunderous beats laced with bassist Juini Booth's dark reverberations. ...read more
The tradition. It's common jazz terminology. What does it mean, though, to be in the tradition"? The term usually confers on the musician a stamp of authenticity and infers working knowledge of the dominant idiom, as typified by the jazz cannon. It also perhaps implies a certain orthodoxy. It's strange to think, however, that a music that has always celebrated the innovative and reified its trailblazers, places so much emphasis upon allegiance to the tradition. For drummer Franklin Kiermyer the tradition"-- his tradition--encompasses not so much a style of music as the intent behind making it and the ...read more
The number of jazz musicians whose lives and music have been impacted by John Coltrane is truly legion; few, however, have extrapolated the exploratory space travelled by the late, great saxophonist in his final two years as intensely--and successfully--as Canadian expat, one-time New York resident and now Oslo-dwelling drummer Franklin Kiermyer. While his international profile has, for the past several years, been rather low, barring appearances like in Bergen's Natt Jazz in 2010, where he participated in an incendiary performance by a special edition of saxophonist Gisle Johansen's group, Element, a place in the history books has already been reserved ...read more
Drummer Franklin Kiermyer continues his advocacy of later day Trane on Sanctification which also represents the first release for his new label, aptly titled, “Sunship Records”. Along with his long time working quartet of saxophonist Michael Stuart, pianist John Esposito and bassist Fima Ephron, Kiermyer once again revitalizes the spirit of John Coltrane via swirling progressions and a soaring-skyward approach amid his often swashbuckling, hard hitting and overtly strenuous polyrhythmic excursions from behind the kit.
Kiermyer’s charismatic and somewhat complex rhythmic structures provide fertile terrain for the soloists as in the title track, “Sanctification” where Michael Stuart blows walls down ...read more