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This is the official site of jazz pianist and composer Frank Kimbrough; it includes a biography, discography, itinerary, photos, links, and information on his musical activities.

NEW on Palmetto: Frank Kimbrough - QUARTET, with Steve Wilson, Jay Anderson, and Lewis Nash

"This is a Quartet like the Empire State Building is a little shack."
Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal
"....surefooted and poetic..."
Nate Chinen, New York Times
****1/2 Performance
****1/2 Sonics
"Quartet is exceptional for its creative audacity. Throughout, the four players push themselves beyond the margins of safely and into free air. Kimbrough's tunes are slingshots that launch intense group action. He also writes ballads strung tight with tension. Quartet is a brilliant example of what is truly happening in jazz right now."
Thomas Conrad, Stereophile
"Kimbrough operates at the intersection of modernism and the blues, creating radical music that's full of earth and hearty pulsation. Quartet is a hugely openhearted album, a document of virtuosos getting down to meat of song. The effect is radiant and intoxicating."
Hank Shteamer, darkforcesswing.blogspot.com
**** 1/2 "Kimbrough upholds and extends his reputation as a masterful musician capable of giving shape and substance to the diaphanous, and bending the shape of what has hitherto been structurally sound and solid."
Dan Bilawsky, AllAboutJazz.com
"Throughout the disk, Kimbrough and company demonstrate the value of taking chances...A superb set."
Owen Cordle, Jazz Times
"Kimbrough's bluesy yet sophisticated playing, along with his 7 originals inspires the other musicians to play at their most inventive - Highly recommended."
Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene
***** "Stellar....a joyous celebration of the creative process...one of the surprise piano releases of 2014."
Brent Black, criticaljazz.com
"Kimbrough's original tunes are well-conceived, and feel familiar almost immediately...a top-rank creative presence among jazz pianists...an album of many delights that you will enjoy discovering."
Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz
**** "a pianist of vision and invention....continues his voyage of insightful self-discovery...a most interesting offering."
Pierre Giroux, Audiophile Audition
***** Juerg Sommer, Schweiz am Sonntag (Switzerland)
NPR Top 50 Jazz CDs of 2014
10 Best Jazz Albums of 2014 - Fred Kaplan, Slate, Stereophile
**** Best Jazz Albums of 2014 - The Telegraph (UK)
Best Jazz Albums of 2014 - Hank Shteamer, Time Out New York, Dark Forces Swing Blog
Best Jazz Albums of 2014 - George Kanzler, Hot House, NYC Jazz Record
Best Jazz Albums of 2014 - Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times, Stereophile
Best Jazz Albums of 2014 - Phillip Booth, Jazz Times, Downbeat, Jazziz, Jazz Lands
Best Jazz Albums of 2014 - Sharonne Cohen, Jazz Times, Downbeat
Best Jazz Albums of 2014 - Owen Cordle, Jazz Times, Raleigh News and Observer
Best Jazz Albums of 2014 - Bob Karlovitz - Pittsburgh Tribune
Best Jazz Albums of 2014 - Dan Bilawsky - AllAboutJazz.com
Best Jazz Albums of 2014 - Bill Milkowski - Jazz Times

Frank Kimbrough Trio - Chant, with Ben Allison and Jeff Ballard, is now available as a download from Palmetto Records

Download Jason Crane's podcast - interview with Frank Kimbrough - The Jazz Session

Download Frank Kimbrough/Noah Preminger duo on The Checkout with Josh Jackson

read Peter Hum's interview with Frank Kimbrough

Also on Palmetto Records:

Frank Kimbrough - solo piano - Air,
featuring original compositions and tunes by Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, and Paul Motian

Top 10 Jazz Recordings of 2008 - Fred Kaplan (www.slate.com, Village Voice, Stereophile)

"Air is a terrific piece of work, one of the half-dozen or so great solo piano albums of the past few years.... I’ve been listening to Kimbrough for 20 years now, ever since he was a protégé of Shirley Horn, up through his years as co-director (with bassist Ben Allison) of the Jazz Composers Collective, his longtime stint in Maria Schneider’s Jazz Orchestra, and his occasional projects with Joe Locke, Paul Bley, and Paul Motian. But I have never heard him play with such freedom, virtuosity, and gorgeous lyricism—all at once—as on these sessions.... The sound quality is warm and percussive. Buy this."
Fred Kaplan, Stereophile.com

"Air belongs to a genre that might be called "private solo piano recordings." To say that Air feels even more inner-directed and austere than most recordings in this genre is not a putdown. Kimbrough is a serious searcher and an original thinker, and Air is a high-level recital. The description is a warning to those interested in cheap piano thrills....He does not play licks and never coasts and his fresh designs are always developing, even when they barely move. Kimbrough's journeys come upon many subtle revelations of color and mood and graceful turns into sudden light."
Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times

"Frank Kimbrough has a great deal of experience playing solo piano...yet somehow "Air" is his first solo album. 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."
Nate Chinen, The New York Times

"Frank Kimbrough is at his most subtle and contemplative on this solo piano album full of sly wit and lovely melody. His combination of tenderheartedness and mental toughness is a rare one, indeed. The music's emotional depth and directness, leavened with unexpected quirks and imaginative touches, make it a consistently rewarding album. Kimbrough's music has always been marked by its subtlety and charm, but this solo outing really lets those virtues shine through.
Ed Hazell, Jazziz
"This is a beautiful recording, quite contemplative, and richly melodic.....there is not a weak moment in the program. "Air" feels like winter music, as if one should just curl up on the couch and let the sound drop down from the speakers like soft snow. Kimbrough is not a reticent pianist; he has no fear of thorny chords or ragged rhythms, but there is a romantic edge to his work, an area where melody reigns supreme. This is a sweet recording, one that pays no mind to current musical convention and therefore has a timeless feel."
Richard B. Kamins, (Hartford)Courant.com
****"...a spirited, humanistic solo date...Kimbrough uncovers fresh leaves of Paul Motian, rare Duke Ellington, and two homages to Thelonious Monk that, with the best of such, veer into uncharted territories; for all its echoes and resonances, he spreads his new wrinkle less like a furrowed brow than the crease of a wide smile"
Fred Bouchard, Downbeat
"...one of the most stunningly beautiful solo piano records in recent times...everything appears to be working in unison through a mysterious force that connects the artist and his art. Kimbrough is a deep thinker and a gifted storyteller. His notes and expressions stick in the mind and tug at the soul."
Raul d'Gama Rose, Allaboutjazz.com

New Youtube videos:

Frank Kimbrough - solo piano at the Rubin Museum, NYC
"The Spins"
more video links at contact and links page

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Photo © Angi Jablonski