Newvelle Records today released KIMBROUGH, a collection of 61 original compositions by jazz artist and educator Frank Kimbrough, who passed away in December 2020. Featuring 67 tributes of Frank’s former bandmates, students and friends across multiple generations, KIMBROUGH was recorded over three and a half days in New York as the music world began to wake up in May 2021. All the benefits of this definitive collection of Frank’s music, available as a high-quality digital download on Bandcamp, will be donated to the Frank Kimbrough Jazz scholarship of the Juilliard School.
“Frank was a true ‘musician of a musician’ whose talent as a player, composer and teacher fueled generations of artists in the New York jazz community,” said Elan Mehler, co-founder and artistic director of Newvelle Records, and a Frank’s student at New York University in the 1990s. “There is something miraculous about bringing 67 world-class artists together in a studio, just as the world was starting to emerge from the pandemic. Only someone else. Frank’s impact could inspire such an ambitious project. “
Frank never played the piano and wrote almost all of his compositions while roaming New York. He implored students to spend less time in rehearsal rooms and more time on subway platforms, bar stools and park benches that sparked so much of his own musical inspiration. Mixing four generations of jazz musicians – from artists who performed with him in his early years in North Carolina, to the students he taught on Zoom during the pandemic – KIMBROUGH features 55 different bands across 61 tracks. Some had started performing together 40 years ago, while others were meeting in the studio for the first time. All gave of their time in homage to a man whom they knew for his generosity, his perspective and his creativity. âEvery moment with him on stage was just beautiful,â said Steve Wilson, who appears on tenor saxophone on four tracks. “Not only was he supporting you, he was collaborating with you in the moment.”
KIMBROUGH presents 67 artists:
Isaiah J. Thompson
The album, available on Bandcamp for $ 20.00 https://newvellerecords.bandcamp.com/album/kimbrough and streaming everywhere, was recorded and mixed by Marc Urselli from May 10-14, 2021 at EastSide Sound, mastered by Colin Bryson at Bunker Studios, and produced by Elan Mehler. All songs were written by Frank Kimbrough, Kimbrough Music BMI. Executive produced by Maitland Jones, Jim Harvey, Steve Satterfield, Matt Steinfeld and JC Morisseau.