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Kevin Brow: Dolls & Guns

Read "Dolls & Guns" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Drummer/composer Kevin Brow is a forward thinker, his compositional acuity and scintillating technique in clear evidence on his debut and sophomore releases--Kopter (2008) and Fire Sink (2011), both on Fresh Sound New Talent--modern works as intellectual as they are risk taking. If these weren't persuasive enough, then Dolls and Guns nails the point home all the more emphatically in one of the year's more intriguing recordings. The project consists of original music performed with thirteen musicians in ...

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Kevin Brow: Koptor

Read "Koptor" reviewed by Troy Collins

Koptor is the debut recording of Canadian-born, Copenhagen-based drummer Kevin Brow. Accompanied by a group of like-minded peers, including multi-reedist Rob Mosher, pianist Jacob Sacks and ubiquitous bassist Eivind Opsvik, Brow leads his quartet through a program of modern jazz originals that ripple with emotion.

Brow's nuanced writing expands in scope beyond conventional time signatures and traditional harmonies to embrace inside/outside sonorities and popular music conventions. His unadorned melodies, direct harmonies and fluctuating rhythms draw similarities to the ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Kevin Brow: Koptor

Read "Koptor" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Koptor by Canadian drummer Kevin Brow is in some ways similar to film noir-- at times overcast, others times bursts of vividness, flowing in music that is stylistically intriguing. But there is plenty of substance here with clarity and definition, imprinting music that incorporates detailed compositions and free invention. Convincingly hip, thoughtfully astute, the music is the sound of modern jazz without its constraints--swing with and without the typical time signatures, unexpected solos in and out of ...


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