David Kikoski


Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Criss Cross
UPC: 8712474139422
Catnr: CRISS 1394
Release date: 05 May 2017
1 CD
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€ 19.95
Criss Cross
Catalogue number
CRISS 1394
Release date
05 May 2017

About the album

Since his first appearance on record (Randy Brecker's album, In the Idiom), pianist David Kikoski has demonstrated an infinite capacity to swing, a rare sensitivity as a ballad interpreter and genuine harmonic savvy as a composer. He delivers once again on all counts on Kayemode.

Kikoski says: " I'm very proud and lucky to have 2 new collaborators in my trio. I met Justin Faulkner on a Monday night at "the Jazz Standard" where I play with the Charles Mingus Big Band and was very impressed. Soon after we really hooked up on a gig with Branford Marsalis and I remember thinking I would love to try and use him on my own project. We had a ball hanging at my house and shedding and listening to music.

Joe Martin was someone we both agreed on to be the perfect bassist for the session. I recently heard him at "Mezzrow" with Spike Wilner and was blown away. His use of harmony and counterpoint is more advanced than most bass players I've known. I knew he could get inside of my concept.


b. 1961, Milltown, New Jersey, USA. Kikoski began playing piano at the age of six, encouraged and taught by his father, himself a part-time musician. While a teenager, Kikoski was working jazz gigs at various venues in New Jersey. He attended the Berklee College Of Music and during this time played locally as a member of a trio that included Ira Coleman and Terri Lyne Carrington. After graduating from Berklee in 1984, Kikoski played with many noted jazz musicians of the day and also worked with the Woody Herman Alumni Band. In particular, and most significantly, was an encounter with Roy Haynes who immediately hired him for a European tour. Kikoski spent 15 years with Haynes. After this time, he began another long-running stint, this time with the Mingus Big Band and the Charles Mingus Orchestra. Among numerous musicians with whom Kikoski has worked are Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Chick Corea, Peter Erskine, Al Foster, Tom Harrell, Joe Henderson, Dave Holland, Ingrid Jensen, Joe Locke, Brian Lynch, Christian McBride, Marcus Miller, Chris Potter, Red Rodney, John Scofield, Mike Stern, and Toots Thielemans.

Among regular members of his working trio have been bass players Avishai Cohen, James Genus and John Patitucci, and drummers Billy Hart, Victor Lewis and Jeff Watts.In addition to numerous homeland engagements, Kikoski has toured Japan and Russia as leader of his own trio, and in 2001 he toured with the Brecker Brothers Acoustic Band. He continued working with Haynes through the late 90s and into the early 00s. In addition to his playing, Kikoski is also a talented composer and arranger. His work as an arranger includes several charts of songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney as part of BeatleJazz, a trio he formed with bass player Charles Fambrough and drummer Brian Melvin. However, it is as a pianist that he is best known, displaying astonishing technical facility and brilliantly inventive improvisational gifts. He is also expert in the use of various electronic keyboard instruments.



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