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Mark Corroto's Top Ten (Ok Fifteen) of 2018

Read "Mark Corroto's Top Ten (Ok Fifteen) of 2018" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Another trip around the sun. In the AllAboutJazz universe, the stars were especially bright this year. Which is a good thing, unless you are like me, trying to pare down a huge list of favorites to just ten. At that task, I've failed once again. So here are my 15 favorite recordings of 2018 in no particular order. Frank Kimbrough Monk's Dreams: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Sphere Monk Sunnyside Records Jamie ...

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Frank Kimbrough: Monk's Dreams: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Sphere Monk

Read "Monk's Dreams: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Sphere Monk" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

There were scores of tributes the legendary pianist and composer Thelonious Monk in 2017, the centennial of his birth. But only guitarist Miles Okazaki's six- volume solo guitar album Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk (Self Produced, 2018) gave a clear presentation of all seventy of Monk's compositions. Pianist Frank Kimbrough's similarly comprehensive set is riskier in some ways, as the grouping of jazz quartet with a horn as the lead instrument (usually saxophone) is the one that Monk ...

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Frank Kimbrough: Monk's Dreams

Read "Monk's Dreams" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Thelonious Monk, though controversial in his time, was a brilliant, innovative pianist and composer with a unique way of conceiving the music that was yet remarkably simpatico with standard forms. Many of his compositions (they are much more than “tunes," though I'll use that word here as shorthand) have become a regular part of the jazz repertoire, and it is only natural that around the 2017 centennial celebration of Monk's birth, there would be heightened interest in his music.

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Frank Kimbrough: Solstice

Read "Solstice" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Pianist Frank Kimbrough's latest offering, Solstice on the Pirouet label, is a joy from beginning to end. Pirouet is the home of some other fine piano trios, including those of Marc Copland (see Some Love Songs, Modinha, Voices and Night Whispers). Copland, arguably working from the Bill Evans aesthetic is, of course, quite different than Kimbrough, who resides much more within the aesthetic of Paul Bley, who worked with and influenced many players including Satoko Fujii ...

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Frank Kimbrough: Solstice

Read "Solstice" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Pianist/composer Frank Kimbrough presents a trio album with only one of his originals, a reversal of his usual approach. He was a student of the late Paul Bley, and although there is no formal dedication the program has an air of homage about it. Kimbrough first heard three of the selections played by Bley's mid-60's trio. This group with bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Jeff Hirshfield has a similar adventurous, open spirit. There are also nods to drummer Paul Motian ...

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Frank Kimbrough: Solstice

Read "Solstice" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Frank Kimbrough is a veteran New York pianist known best for playing with Maria Schneider's orchestra and leading his own small groups. On his new CD, Solstice, he pays tribute to several people who have inspired him in his career and life. Most of the people he tips his hat to such as Paul Bley, Shirley Horn and Paul Motian are known for their measured use of space and time and Kimbrough, Jay Anderson and Jeff Hirshfield stay ...

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Frank Kimbrough: Solstice

Read "Solstice" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

A stellar interlude of three-way instrumental interplay can be found on composer/conductor Maria Schneider's first masterpiece, Concert In The Garden (ArtistShare, 2004), on the set's title tune, beginning about five and a half minutes in. Ben Monder lays down a ghostly guitar solo that climbs to an eerie climax, as a handoff to pianist Frank Kimbrough, who weaves a glistening, dew drop-beaded web of a story, soon to be joined by the accordion of Gary Versace, his instrument sighing, singing ...


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