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David Kikoski: Phoenix Rising

Read "Phoenix Rising" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Pianist David Kikoski and tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, among the brightest lights on New York City's jazz scene for more than two decades, have known each other for almost as many years but Phoenix Rising marks the first time they have recorded together. After listening, one observation springs immediately to mind: it's about time. A second premise is that the album swings and dazzles from start to finish--but one would expect no less from such masters of ...

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Kikoski, Carpenter, Novak, Sheppard: From The Hip

Read "From The Hip" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


In 2006, pianist David Kikoski was invited to perform and record in front of a live audience at the private Beverly Hills studio of George Klabin, President of the Rising Jazz Stars Foundation. Kikoski brought in some of his first-call friends for the occasion and, with nary a rehearsal to be had, put on a stunner of a standards-based show; the nine tracks that make up From The Hip were recorded at that gathering. Kikoski, saxophonist Bob ...

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David Kikoski: Lighter Way

Read "Lighter Way" reviewed by John Kelman


There was a time when most artists pursued linear careers. While the Miles Davis of Kind of Blue (Columbia, 1959) was very different than that of Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1969), a straight line could be drawn through his career, with each successive album usually representing an incremental step. These days artists often run multiple and vastly different projects concurrently, to some extent because of broadening interests resulting from the ever-expanding and cross-pollinating nature of improvised music.Pianist David Kikoski's ...

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David Kikoski Quartet: Limits

Read "Limits" reviewed by John Kelman


Limits may seem like an odd title for this disc, an unassuming but thoroughly captivating quartet session that reunites pianist David Kikoski with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Bill Stewart from his 2004 Criss Cross release, Details; it also brings back tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake from earlier Criss Cross discs, including 2002's Combinations. But while this set of all-original material situates itself firmly in the mainstream, it also exudes a sense of adventure that makes it anything but restrictive.

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David Kikoski: Details

Read "Details" reviewed by AAJ Staff


David Kikoski has earned his chops backing everyone from legends like Roy Haynes (two decades and counting) to young gun David Sanchez. Though he can commandeer a set when he wants (an astoundingly fractured, nearly chaotic barrelhouse blues piano solo is all that remains in memory of the last Pat Martino gig I caught), by nature he's a team player: gently tenacious exploration and ethereal post-bop empathy are this Berklee grad's true bread and butter. Thus Details , ...

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David Kikoski: Combinations

Read "Combinations" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


The victim of corporate disregard for an artist's work, pianist David Kikoski has recorded many records as a leader over the years, although all but his most recent string of releases for Criss Cross are currently unavailable. This fact, along with his extensive work as a sideman, meant that until 1998's Inner Trust, few were aware of Kiksoki's talents as a leader. Reaching a pinnacle on his previous set, Surf's Up, Kikoski has honed a particularly incisive musical relationship with ...

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David Kikoski: The Maze

Read "The Maze" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Although his current claim to fame finds him as a member of Roy Haynes' fresh new band, pianist David Kikoski has been active on the scene since the early 80's and has recorded several times under his own name for the Triloka and Epicure labels. Making his first appearance on Criss Cross Jazz with Ralph Moore in 1987, The Maze is Kikoski's second effort as a leader for the label and it's a major statement not only in light of ...


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