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Frank Kimbrough : Air

Air belongs to a genre that might be called “private solo piano recordings.” Not private as in homemade, but private as in cloistral. (Bill Evans’ Alone is the paradigm.) One of the two sessions here began as a tryout of some new equipment in Palmetto’s studio, and was not originally intended for release.

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.

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