FRANK KIM­BROUGH Ru­mors (Palmetto)

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North Carolina-born pi­anist Frank Kim­brough is renowned for his work as a mem­ber, since 1993, of the Maria Schneider Or­ches­tra and as a core mem­ber of the Jazz Com­posers Col­lec­tive, founded in 1992. For Ru­mors, Kim­brough is joined by bassist Masa Ka­m­aguchi and drum­mer Jeff Hir­sh­field. One day last Septem­ber, the pi­anist/ com­poser ac­cepted an im­promptu in­vi­ta­tion to record with Jimmy Katz (who is best known as a pho­tog­ra­pher). The trio met at Avatar Stu­dios in New York and played for three hours; this al­bum is the re­sult. “At a time when so much is planned, con­trived, or pre­con­ceived, this ses­sion was sim­ply a three-way mu­si­cal con­ver­sa­tion be­tween friends, with no agenda other than to play mu­sic to­gether,” Kim­brough says in the liner notes. The ti­tle track shows some se­ri­ous chem­istry by the trio mem­bers, al­though the gen­er­ally ru­bato mu­sic is of­ten more sug­ges­tive than demon­stra­tive. “Hope” is gor­geous, if placid, cham­ber jazz. The bolder “Sure as We’re Here” finds Kim­brough ath­letic and imag­i­na­tive, Ka­m­aguchi ac­tive over the range of his in­stru­ment, and Hir­sh­field gen­er­at­ing a quiet stew of time­keep­ing and im­pro­vi­sa­tion. Kim­brough demon­strates an or­ches­tral tech­nique on “Over” as he builds the mu­sic to some­thing far-out. “For An­drew,” an ele­giac piece for the late pi­anist An­drew Hill, would have been more splen­did if it were knot­tier and not sim­ply gor­geous.

— Paul Wei­de­man

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