Pianist Frank Kimbrough delivers more of his deeply introspective, harmonically complex jazz on Play. Working with a trio, Kimbrough is supported here by the adept bassist Masa Kamaguchi and drummer Paul Motian. A phenomenal pianist, Kimbrough's mix of Thelonious Monk's cubist bumptiousness and Bill Evans' impressionistic colorations is thoroughly modern and prefigures the work some of his younger, more ballyhooed contemporaries, like Brad Mehldau and Jacky Terrasson. Moving from tumbling ballads to playful waltzes and enigmatic modal pieces, Kimbrough has crafted a challenging, atmospheric, and subtle album that makes the most of his sensitive group's interplay.
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AllMusic Review by Matt Collar