June 24, 2024

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CD review: David Kikoski – Phoenix Rising 2019: Video, CD cover

The mythical phoenix speaks of re-emergence and continual development, flying higher with each rebirth, riding on the winds of creation.

So too does the man of this moment. A pianist of vast skill and experience, Dave Kikoski’s eminence in serious jazz circles is beyond dispute.

He’s taken deep dives with everybody from Randy Brecker to Roy Haynes, served as the harmonic host for the Mingus Big Band, contributed to expansive cooperative enterprises like Opus 5, and pushed his own music to the limits and beyond. Kikoski has seemingly done it all during his three-plus decades on the scene, yet his playing somehow remains something of an underrated asset. The phoenix metaphor, hyperbolic though it may be, proves apt in its embrace of this monumental talent’s steady surge. This exciting endeavour makes that case in inarguable fashion.

1 Phoenix Rising (feat. Eric Alexander)
2 Kik It (feat. Eric Alexander)
3 Wichita Lineman (feat. Eric Alexander)
4 If I Were a Bell (feat. Eric Alexander)
5 Emily
6 Love for Sale (feat. Eric Alexander)
7 My One and Only Love (feat. Eric Alexander)
8 Lazy Bird (feat. Eric Alexander)
9 Willow Weep for Me (feat. Eric Alexander)

David Kikoski (piano),
Eric Alexander (tenor saxophone),
Peter Washington (bass),
Joe Farnsworth (drums).

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