258

Frank Kimbrough: Play

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Frank Kimbrough: Play With this program of modern mainstream originals, pianist Frank Kimbrough embarks on a journey that emphasizes layers of lush harmony and ethereal impressions. While meter plays an important role on Play, Kimbrough's trio finds that it can express just as well with or without this tool; the pianist's swirling keyboard attacks ebb and flow dynamically.

Bassist Masa Kamaguchi and drummer Paul Motian share equally in this creative journey, lending lustrous textures that ooze freely alongside the pianist's lyric impressions. Jimmy G, in honor of Jimmy Giuffre, drifts slowly in three, applying a relaxed blues hue to the performance. "The Spins, a quirky dedication to Steve Lacy, drives up-tempo with animation. "Beginning and "Beginning 2 both come with slow, moody impressions that recall the classic Bill Evans Trio.

"Regeneration, composed just nine days after September 11, 2001, provides an uplifting feeling of hope. Here, Kimbrough's piano cries out in search of answers. His lyrical approach turns toward that side of us that understands starting over and finding the strength to build. Motian's two compositions, "Play and "Conception Vessel, eschew meter in favor of an ethereal quality that lifts the trio on clouds of soft cotton.

Little Big Man, written with some humor in mind, drives pleasantly through a quirky scenario that lives for its freedom. It's obvious that Kimbrough and his musical partners enjoyed putting this program together. As we share this satisfying music with them, we're able to feel the same kind of energy and spontaneity.


Track Listing: Beginning; The Spins; Lucent; Waiting in Santander; Conception Vessel; Jimmy G; Play; Regeneration; Little Big Man; Beginning 2.

Personnel: Frank Kimbrough: piano; Masa Kamaguchi: bass; Paul Motian: drums.

Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Palmetto Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read Desire & Freedom CD/LP/Track Review Desire & Freedom
by Glenn Astarita
Published: February 19, 2017
Read On Hollywood Boulevard CD/LP/Track Review On Hollywood Boulevard
by Budd Kopman
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Motorman's Son CD/LP/Track Review The Motorman's Son
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 18, 2017
Read "In Case Of Fire" CD/LP/Track Review In Case Of Fire
by Budd Kopman
Published: April 17, 2016
Read "Written in the Rocks" CD/LP/Track Review Written in the Rocks
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: March 8, 2016
Read "Fourmation" CD/LP/Track Review Fourmation
by John Ephland
Published: March 27, 2016
Read "Special Kay!" CD/LP/Track Review Special Kay!
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 18, 2016
Read "Triangular III" CD/LP/Track Review Triangular III
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: April 15, 2016
Read "Harmonicus Rex" CD/LP/Track Review Harmonicus Rex
by Edward Blanco
Published: March 21, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!