Tim Kuhl: King




Tim Kuhl (drums)


King (WJF Records WJF004)

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Tim Kuhl (drums), Rick Parker (trombone), Jon Irabagon (tenor sax), Nir Felder (guitar), Ryan Mackstaller (guitar), Aidan Carroll (bass).

Composed by Tim Kuhl


Recorded: Brooklyn, NY 2008


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

In a series of edgy, architectural tonal sketches a bit reminiscent of the late sixties fusion era, drum wizard Tim Kuhl brings his Brooklyn gang together again for a follow-up to his 2007 album Ghost. Thereís more of an idiosyncratic retrojazz-rock feel on this session, driven by a loose, supportive funk a bit reminiscent of Milesís pre-Bitches Brew days. In fact, without the heavy guitar emphasis this effort could have easily been titled Birth of the Kuhl.

The title track is the standout performance, a Phrygian-heavy theme over an orbital set of changes held together with a backbeat and the persistent moan of Parkerís trombone. Guitarist Mark Nirís electric solo offers Scofield-like phrases in a warm overdriven sustain peppered with the occasional Stern remark. Jon Irabagonís tenor speaks softly, but carries a big stick, while Ryan Mackstallerís guitar growls and threatens. Throughout the piece, Kuhl dots the ice and crosses the tease with a relaxed confidence.

Reviewer: Bill Barnes

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