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 while the drummer proceeds to temper the festivities via his rolling tom work and crashing cymbals on the emotionally charged piece, “Aspiration”. Here and throughout, the band sings to the heavens and conveys a sound and style that closely mirrors Coltrane’s mid-60’s soul searching extravaganzas. Well, not that this would be a revelation for those who are familiar with the drummer’s previous outings yet Kiermyer’s symbiotic approach yields a contemporary outlook as the musicians perform with the utmost conviction! - The band melds conventional free-style dialogue with swing-based rhythms on the explosive piece titled, “Illumination” as they build upon underlying themes and melodies along with the often fiery soloing and an - acute sense of the dynamic.
There’s no messing around or beating around the bush here as the band performs with emotion and an altogether energetic spirit. And while the overall sound and attack more than slightly resembles later day Trane, these folks do conjure up a contemporary twist to a 35-year-old musical creation as they seek higher ground during the process.
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Franklin Kiermyer; Drums: Michael Stuart; Saxophone: John Esposito; Piano: Fima Ephron; Bass.
Why do I love jazz? Well, depending on what you mean by jazz, I can send an answer in any number of directions. Briefly, I was exposed to this crazy music as a little boy, my dad good friends with the local music store, where he bought sheet music to play from his baby grand
Why do I love jazz? Well, depending on what you mean by jazz, I can send an answer in any number of directions. Briefly, I was exposed to this crazy music as a little boy, my dad good friends with the local music store, where he bought sheet music to play from his baby grand. Their massive record collection, my parents taking me to concerts and clubs (only one of five kids to do so), the Magnavox furniture stereo/radio ... it all added up. It was complex, emotional music. And it had rhythm! I drummed and followed the music through the '60s even as I enjoyed the new musics of my generation.
Along with side-trips to other musicians and music, it's been one hell of a pony ride ever since.