Frank Kimbrough makes the job of a music critic so easy...Stellar!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
Lots of good piano players roaming the streets, Frank Kimbrough is one of the great ones! Not a slave to harmonic convention, Kimbrough and his carefully chosen and formidably 4tet transcend convention with a style and panache that keeps one foot firmly in the roots of the more traditional improvisational formats while keeping both eyes firmly fixed on where the lyrical conversations will take them in the future.
A lyrical sense of purpose combined with a more open spatial quality of exploration finds the Frank Kimbrough Quartet looking for new melodic horizons while never venturing too far off the lyrical path the Kimbrough seems to use as part of his rich harmonic DNA. Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue would be the perfect review of a release that covers an expansive amount of lyrical ground yet with a nuanced texture that is subtle and deceptively intoxicating. "Herbivore" is from 1990 while "Blue Smoke" and "Kudzu" move to a slightly more left of center focus that play well against the exquisite ballad "November."
A diverse and eclectic marriage of style, meter, and dynamics has the Frank Kimbrough Quartet as one of the surprise piano releases for 2014. There is something here for everyone. A joyous celebration of the creative process.
Tracks: The Call; Blue Smoke; November; Kudzu; Trouble Man; Herbivore; Ode; Beginning; Afternoon In Paris; It Never Entered My Mind.
Personnel: Frank Kimbrough: Piano; Steve Wilson: Alto and Soprano Saxophones; Jay Anderson: Double Bass; Lewis Nash: Drums.