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Frank Kimbrough

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Pianist/composer Frank Kimbrough has been active on the New York jazz scene for 25 years. He is currently a Palmetto recording artist, having previously recorded as a leader for OmniTone, Soul Note, Igmod, and Mapleshade. Frank was a founding member and composer-in-residence of the Jazz Composers Collective (1992 - 2005). During the Collective's existence he played in nearly twenty of its groups, and his relationship with the musicians associated with the JCC is ongoing. He is otherwise in demand as a sideman, evidenced by recent recordings and tours with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, trumpeter Dave Ballou, and with vocalists Kendra Shank and Katie Bull. He was a member of the legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman’s quartet from summer '05 until Redman's passing in Sept. '06. Frank’s playing has been recognized by his inclusion in the Downbeat Critics Poll each year since 2001, and his recordings are often included in jazz critics' year's-end top-ten lists.

Kimbrough's much anticipated solo piano recording, Air, is new on the Palmetto label, and features Frank's original compositions alongside tunes by Paul Motian, Thelonious Monk, and Duke Ellington. In a recent review in The New York Times, Nate Chinen says "fittingly, rewardingly, it's a mature and personal reflection. He approaches each theme with generosity and composure. His readings of Monk's "Coming On The Hudson" and "Jackie-ing", both resplendent in tensions, hint at an elusive mastery." His 2007 solo concert at New York's Rubin Museum of Art was named among the best performances of the year by All About Jazz New York.

Frank Kimbrough's most recent trio CD is Play (Palmetto), with bassist Masa Kamaguchi and drummer Paul Motian. It features seven of Kimbrough's original compositions, along with two by Motian. In keeping with Frank's desire to make music in the most organic way possible, the recording was made with the musicians playing in the same room, without headphones, in a five-hour session with no rehearsals prior to the recording date. Since its release in May, 2006 it has been met with uniformly positive reviews, appearing on Top 10 Jazz CD lists of 2006 by critics from The Wall St. Journal, New York Newsday, and The Sydney Morning Herald, among others.

Firehouse 12 Performances

Noah Preminger Quartet Friday, April 24, 2009, 10:00p
Frank Kimbrough Trio Friday, March 23, 2007, 10:00p

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