Look at this list:
Addison Frei, Alexa Tarantino, Alexis Cuadrado, Allan Chase, Allan Mednard
Ben Allison, Ben Monder, Ben Rosenblum, Ben Wolfe, Billy Drummond
Clarence Penn, Craig Taborn
Dan Tepfer, Dave Douglas, Dave Treut , Dezron Douglas, Donny McCaslin, Douglas Marriner
Elan Mehler, Elio Villafranca, Evan Harris
Francisco Mela, Fred Hersch
Gary Versace, Glenn Zaleski
Immanuel Wilkins, Isaiah J. Thompson
Jacob Sacks, Jay Anderson, Jeff Cosgrove, Jeff Hirshfield, Jeff Williams, Jesse Neuman
Joe Lovano, Joel Wenhardt, John Hébert
Martin Wind, Marty Jaffe, Matt Wilson, Micah Thomas, Michael Blake, Michael Formanek
Noah Halpern, Noah Preminger
Rich Perry, Rich Rosenzweig, Riley Mulherkar, Rob Jost, Ron Horton, Rufus Reid
Samora Pinderhughes, Satoshi Takeishi, Scott Robinson, Scott Spivak, Sean Mason
Steve Cardenas, Steve Wilson
Ted Nash, Tim Horner, Todd Neufeld, Tony Moreno, & Tony Scherr
What do they have in common?
Pianist, composer, arranger, and educator Frank Kimbrough, who died on December 30, 2020, is who. Kimbrough, who was born in North Carolina, settled in New York City in 1981 and slowly, steadily, built his career as a first-class soloist and accompanist, first came to critical exposure when he joined the Jazz Composers Collective in 1991 (co-founded by bassist Ben Allison with trumpeter Ron Horton, saxophonists Ted Nash and Michael Blake). Two years later, Kimbrough took over the piano chair in the Maria Schneider Orchestra, staying there until his untimely passing.
(From the Press Release): (On July 16), Newvelle Records is releasing "KIMBROUGH", a collection of 61 original compositions by jazz artist and educator Frank Kimbrough, who passed away in December 2020. Featuring tributes from 67 of Frank’s former bandmates, students, and friends across multiple generations, "KIMBROUGH" was recorded over three and a half days in New York as the musical world began reawakening in May 2021. All proceeds from this definitive collection of Frank’s music, available on high-quality digital download on Bandcamp, will benefit the Frank Kimbrough Jazz Scholarship at The Juilliard School.
“Frank was a genuine ‘musician’s musician’ whose talent as a player, composer, and teacher fueled generations of artists in the New York jazz community,” said Elan Mehler, cofounder and artistic director of Newvelle Records, and a student of Frank’s at New York University in the 1990s. “There is something miraculous about attracting 67 world-class artists together in a studio, just as the world began emerging from the pandemic. Only someone of Frank’s impact could inspire such an ambitious project.”The album, available on Bandcamp for $20.00 and streaming everywhere, was recorded and mixed by Marc Urselli on May 10-14, 2021 at EastSide Sound, mastered by Colin Bryson at The Bunker Studios, and produced by Elan Mehler. All songs were written by Frank Kimbrough, Kimbrough Music BMI. Executive produced by Maitland Jones, Jim Harvey, Steve Satterfield, Matt Steinfeld and JC Morisseau.
For more information, to listen and to purchase the album, go to https://newvellerecords.bandcamp.com/album/kimbrough.
Here's the opening track, "The Call". The musicians include Scott Robinson (tenor saxophone), Allan Chase (alto saxophone), Riley Mulherkar (trumpet), Ryan Keberle (trombone), Samora Pinderhughes (piano), Ben Wolfe (bass), and Jeff Hirschfield (drums).