Newvelle Records Releases KIMBROUGH – 61 Original Frank Kimbrough Compositions


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. “Every moment with him on stage was just beautiful,” 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:

Addison frei

Alexa tarantino

Alexis Cuadrado

Allan Chase

Allan Mednard

Ben allison

Ben monder

Ben Rosenblum

Ben wolfe

Billy Drummond

Clarence penn

Craig taborn

Dan Tepfer

David douglas

Dave treut

Dezron Douglas

Donny McCaslin

Douglas marriner

Elan Mehler

Elio Villafranca

Evan harris

Francisco Mela

Fred hersch

Gary Versace

Glenn Zeleski

Hélène Chanté

Emmanuel Wilkins

Isaiah J. Thompson

Jacob Bags

Jay Anderson

Jeff Cosgrove

Jeff Hirshfield

Jeff williams

Jesse Neuman

Joe lovano

Joel wenhardt

Jean Hébert

Kirk knuffke

Martin wind

Marty Jaffé

Matt Wilson

Micah Thomas

Michael blake

Michel Formanek

Noah Halpern

Noah Preminger

Olivia chindamo

Patrick Cornelius

Rich Perry

Rich Rosenzweig

Riley mulherkar

Rob jost

Ron horton

Rufus reid

Ryan keberle

Samora pinderhughes

Satoshi Takeishi

Scott robinson

Scott spivak

Sean mason

Steve cardenas

Steve wilson

Ted nash

Tim horner

Todd Neufeld

Tony Moreno

Tony scherr

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.

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