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In From The Cold
Jonny King

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Track Listing
1. El Jefe
2. Fire And Brimstone
3. In From The Cold
4. The Giant And The Dwarf
5. Sweet And Lovely
6. Conundrum
7. One Step Ahead
8. Blues For The Confused

Detailed Description / Musicians
Musicians:
Jonny King - Piano
Vince Herring - Alto Saxophone
Mark Turner - Tenor Saxophone
Ira Coleman - Bass
Billy Drummond - Drums

Description:
Having had his compositions recorded on albums by Billy Drummond, Billy Pierce, and Tony Reedus, it is no surprise that pianist and lawyer Jonny King's debut as a leader showcases his writing. Seven of In From the Cold's eight selections are written by King; they are characterized by their time signature changes and angular melodies, with piano and bass playing in unison under the melody, but always, they maintain their sense of swing. For this recording, King joined forces with frequent collaborators Vincent Herring, Mark Turner, Ira Coleman, and Drummond, and the results are very satisfying. Highlights include the samba-like "El Jefe," the uptempo "Fire and Brimstone," and the title track, a medium swinger which actually changes its time signature three times. King is a player and composer to watch.

--Greg Turner
All Music Guide


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Website: http://www.jonnyking.com

Described by Downbeat as "one of the strongest piano voices of the new generation," Jonny King has played jazz piano since the age of nine. He was born in 1965 in New York City, where he made an early acquaintance with piano legends Teddy Wilson and Earl "Fatha" Hines. Exposure to these seminal pianists, along with an impromptu performance with Dizzy Gillespie when King was only ten years old, fueled King's interest in jazz.
Although King is primarily self-taught, he did study privately in the early 1980s with the late bebop pianist Tony Aless and rising star Mulgrew Miller, who would become one of King's key mentors, Whenever school or another gig allowed, King also spent his free time in the fertile environment of Manhattan's jazz clubs. By the time he was a teenager, he was already working as a sideman in the New York clubs, and he found himself sitting in with the likes of Art Blakey and many other jazz qreats.

King's musical career has taken him all over the world, and he has played extensively throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia. As a bandleader, he is a regular presence in the New York club scene, where he often features his own ensemble at Sweet Basil, The Jazz Standard, and the now defunct Bradley's and Visiones. As a sideman, he has toured the world as a member of Joshua Redman's Quartet and performed with the Blue Note Records cooperative band, OTB. He has also been privileged to work with many of today's finest musicians, including Christian McBride, Ralph Moore, Bobby Watson, Kenny Garrett, David Sanchez and Joe Lovano, Roy Hargrove, Tom Harrell, the late Eddie Harris, Jesse Davis, Randy Brecker, Vincent Herring and numerous others.

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