Franklin Kiermyer


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Drummer Franklin Kiermyer's debut record, Soloman's Daughter, featured some of the most ferocious Pharoah Sanders tenor ever captured and was much more intense than the tenor's usual live performances of the 1990s. Sanders is not on Kiermyer's second Evidence date (Kairos) but the explorative music is often in the style of the 1965-66 John Coltrane group in which Pharoah first came to fame. The dynamic Michael Stuart on tenor and occasional soprano, pianist John Esposito (who recalls McCoy Tyner a bit) and bassist Dom Richards join the leader for often-raging performances that are quite memorable. Eric Person (on alto and soprano) joins the group on three numbers, one of which also has Sam Rivers on soprano. There are five brief, exotic and somewhat irrelevant selections (including a pygmy chant, a Native American medicine chant and two minutes of Greek bagpipes) but those are fortunately just interludes between the main pieces. Fans of late period Coltrane will definitely want to pick up this exciting set.

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