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Frank Kimbrough Trio: Live at Kitano

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In a perfect world, all piano trio albums would be recorded live in an intimate club like Kitano in Manhattan. The best studio recordings render a credible imitation of a musical event. Recordings like Live at Kitano contain the thing itself.

Of course, a great live piano trio album requires more than the right setting and a skilled engineer (here, celebrated jazz photographer Jimmy Katz). It requires a pianist willing to open his innermost self to an audience and to then craft an evening as a shared experience. It also requires a special bassist and drummer (here, Jay Anderson and Matt Wilson).

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