163

Frank Kimbrough: Quickening

Elliott Simon By

Sign in to view read count
Frank Kimbrough: Quickening A back-to-the-future 1998 live gig from Frank Kimbrough's piano trio, Quickening features eight original compositions penned by the leader. Kimbrough, bassist Ben Allison, and drummer Jeff Ballard are each members of the Jazz Composers Collective and, with their multiple collaborative projects, have created what is arguably some of the past decade's finest integrative jazz. They are able to play freely while remaining accessible and in turn bring a cutting edge to the mainstream. These abilities are present in a set that catches them celebrating the release of their premiere joint effort, Chant (Igmod).

Kimbrough plays a poetic piano on the extended "Clara's Room." He suggests an initial solitude until the threesome aggregate their collective courage to pick up the pace and investigate the room's every corner. The venerable "For Duke" has a befittingly beautiful melody that serves as an apropos tribute. Allison's gorgeous bass work allows Kimbrough to explore the melody's every angle from multiple temporal perspectives.

It's easy to lose oneself in these pieces: their ebb and flow is seductive and they envelop the listener with an expressiveness that makes for a very personal encounter. The two instances of applause almost harshly remind the listener that this was indeed a communal experience. "Svengali" is an anagramastic hypnotic tribute to Gil Evans, and "Quickening" is a tension filled piece with halting rhythms and quickly changing tempos. Kimbrough's playing is lyrical and eloquent throughout, and he is able to convey subtle shades of emotion with his expressive touch. It is, however, his interplay with Allison and Ballard that makes this a most special offering. Allison's creativity presages his worldly effort from 2002, Peace Pipe (Palmetto), and Ballard's clear mastery of time, later so apparent on pianist Chick Corea's Past Present & Futures (Stretch), is much in evidence.


Track Listing: 1. Quickening 6:00 2. Cascade Rising 8:51 3. Chant 9:34 4. Clara's Room 11:30 5. Svengali 9:07 6. For Duke 9:24 7. TMI 9:16 8. Ancestor 8:50

Personnel: Frank Kimbrough - Piano; Ben Allison - Bass; Jeff Ballard - Drums.

Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: OmniTone | Style: Modern Jazz


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 On Hollywood Boulevard CD/LP/Track Review On Hollywood Boulevard
by Budd Kopman
Published: February 19, 2017
Read Desire & Freedom CD/LP/Track Review Desire & Freedom
by Glenn Astarita
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 "Cactus" CD/LP/Track Review Cactus
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 24, 2016
Read "Picking Order" CD/LP/Track Review Picking Order
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 17, 2016
Read "The Happiest Man In The World" CD/LP/Track Review The Happiest Man In The World
by Chris Mosey
Published: July 28, 2016
Read "Onwards To Mars!" CD/LP/Track Review Onwards To Mars!
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: April 18, 2016
Read "Terre II" CD/LP/Track Review Terre II
by Tyran Grillo
Published: June 7, 2016
Read "America's National Parks" CD/LP/Track Review America's National Parks
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 6, 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!