Frank Kimbrough Saturn's Child

Saturn's Child
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CD Details

  • Released: May 29, 2000
  • Label: Omnitone Records

Entertainment Reviews:

JazzTimes - 1-2/00, pp.103-4
"...These recordings demonstrate that the range of what might be called chamber jazz is just as broad as that of its classical cousin....The sound is sumptuous and the playing very musical..."

Tracks:

  • 1.727
  • 2.Saturn's Child
  • 3.Trouble Is a Gorgeous Dancer
  • 4.Slience
  • 5.Waltz For Lee
  • 6.Empty Chalice
  • 7.Sanibel Island
  • 8.I Still Believe (In Love)
  • 9.Midnight

Product Description:

Personnel: Frank Kimbrough (piano); Joe Locke (vibraphone).
Recorded at Acoustic Recording, Brooklyn, New York on August 8, 1997. Includes liner notes by Frank Tafuri.
Personnel: Frank Kimbrough (piano); Joe Locke (vibraphone).
Liner Note Author: Frank Tafuri.
Recording information: Acoustic Recording - Brooklyn, NY (08/08/1997).
Photographer: Frank Tafuri.
If ever there was a companion recording to Chick Corea & Gary Burton's "Crystal Silence," this is it. Pianist Kimbrough and vibraphonist Locke perfectly echo the serene, shimmering, chamber-like sentiment which the Corea-Burton tag-team so eloquently evoked on that ECM classic of the '70s. This recording is similar in timbre and taste, but stretches a few parameters and reaches toward deeper introspective fathoms. The pair wrote all but one of these nine mind and heart melters. At their most spirited on "Waltz for Lee," Locke positively flies while Kimbrough's piano is at its soulful zenith. Through a dramatic samba beat with definite arabesque figures and multi-directional rhythmic components, "Trouble Is a Gorgeous Dancer" offers a shifting attitude and melodic themes which constantly change. Ruminating vibes on an extended intro for "Empty Chalice" leads to reverential piano in a peaceful, lonely setting. More inward searching on the title cut evinces a hymnal classicism, very typical of an ECM recording. At their darkest during a brooding "Sanibel Island," in the daybreak mode of "727," or way down in the balladic tones of "I Still Believe in Love," Locke and Kimbrough are clearly working off the inclinations of each other, listening closely. "Midnight" is perhaps the most atypical; scattered shards of vibes and underground piano are foreshadowed by an ascending stair-step melody that drifts over a waterfall of sheer blues -- a crystalline sound that is quite a contrast to the previous approach. This is a wonderful recording that should make Corea & Burton a little envious. ~ Michael G. Nastos

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  • UPC: 686281190120
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