Frank Kimbrough: It Should've Happened a Long Time Ago


It Should've Happened a Long Time Ago


Frank Kimbrough (piano)


Air (Palmetto 2127)

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Frank Kimbrough (piano).

Composed by Paul Motian


Recorded: Pennsylvania, July 30, 2003 and March 20, 2007


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Jazz fans will probably be most familiar with Frank Kimbrough from his sideman stints with Maria Schneider, Dewey Redman and others. But Kimbrough's recent Air release is the artist's first solo piano recording. Many keyboardists would use this type of setting to show off every piano trick they know, but Kimbrough opens his CD with a stark and deeply felt version of Paul Motian's composition "It Should've Happened a Long Time Ago." He takes the piece at a relaxed pace that stays mostly in rubato; even when the song falls into a waltz beat, each bar breathes and the ground rhythm floats under the piece rather than guides it. Jazz is usually a tense, busy art form, and I am delighted when I hear players who can let the music happen in such an unforced and natural manner. A lovely performance that shows off the artistry of this under-sung player.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia


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