Lullabluebye

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Barnes & Noble - Donald Elfman
Frank Kimbrough is a consistently inventive pianist who chooses to tell musical stories and work with colors and textures rather than simply demonstrate his chops. His work in the Jazz Composer’s Collective has given him a strong sense of composition that feels spontaneous and a brilliant ability to interact with like-minded players -- bassist Ben Allison and drummer Matt Wilson work with him in the JCC, but this is the first time they’ve recorded as a trio. Frank believes in “letting the music happen”: The ten pieces here have no arrangements and simply unfold organically, changing every time the group plays them! Nearly all these tunes are Kimbrough's, and though the...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Elfman
Frank Kimbrough is a consistently inventive pianist who chooses to tell musical stories and work with colors and textures rather than simply demonstrate his chops. His work in the Jazz Composer’s Collective has given him a strong sense of composition that feels spontaneous and a brilliant ability to interact with like-minded players -- bassist Ben Allison and drummer Matt Wilson work with him in the JCC, but this is the first time they’ve recorded as a trio. Frank believes in “letting the music happen”: The ten pieces here have no arrangements and simply unfold organically, changing every time the group plays them! Nearly all these tunes are Kimbrough's, and though the musicians make use of elements of the typical trio vocabulary, they come together in ways that make things feel newly minted each time. There’s an especially gentle treatment of the James Bond theme "You Only Live Twice" and a quirkily appealing original by bassist Allison. This is some of the freshest music around!
All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Frank Kimbrough has been a valuable pianist based in the New York area ever since the early '80s. On this CD he is teamed with bassist Ben Allison who along with Kimbrough co-founded the Jazz Composers Collective and the Herbie Nichols Project and drummer Matt Wilson. They perform six of the pianist's originals plus "You Only Live Twice" from a James Bond movie and Allison's "Ben's Tune." The music is unpredictable post-bop jazz and it includes "Centering" which is influenced a little by Thelonious Monk, a piece dedicated to Andrew Hill "Ode", the well-titled "Whirl," and "Ghost Dance," which is inspired by the unusual avant-garde music of Annette Peacock. The music on Lullabluebye often sounds simpler than it is, setting impressionistic and sometimes introspective moods and swinging in its own fashion without being overly tied to earlier jazz styles. The three musicians often play as one, although Kimbrough is clearly the leader; it is just that he seems open to the musical suggestions of Allison and Wilson. This is an excellent program of modern jazz that grows in interest with each listen due to its subtlety and quiet surprises.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2004
  • Label: Palmetto Records
  • UPC: 753957210021
  • Catalog Number: 2100
  • Sales rank: 148,565

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lullabluebye (4:47)
  2. 2 Centering (4:20)
  3. 3 Kid Stuff (5:48)
  4. 4 Ode (5:51)
  5. 5 Whirl (5:23)
  6. 6 Ghost Dance (6:41)
  7. 7 You Only Live Twice (6:06)
  8. 8 Fu Bu (4:36)
  9. 9 Ben's Tune (5:20)
  10. 10 Eventualities (6:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Kimbrough Primary Artist, Piano
Ben Allison Bass
Matt Wilson Drums
Technical Credits
Matt Balitsaris Producer, Engineer
Frank Kimbrough Composer
John Barry Composer
Ben Allison Composer
A.T. Michael MacDonald Mastering
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