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Blue Inventions

by Neal Kirkwood

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The Sea 05:57
Redwood 03:22
Autumn Left 05:36
Firefly 05:42
Eve's Garden 04:51
Chansonette 03:39
Myth 02:24


Blue Inventions is the latest release by jazz pianist and composer Neal Kirkwood. All of the music on this recording is composed by Mr. Kirkwood.
On this album Neal Kirkwood is joined by Tim Harrison on flute and Ron Horton on flugelhorn, both master improvisors and sensitive interpreters of Kirkwood’s music. Arranged for trio, duo and solo piano, the music on this album explores the sonorities of these particular three instruments. Throughout, Kirkwood and his colleagues explore a path from tradition to innovation.

George Kanzler, NYC Jazz Record:
“The opening trio track, recalls John Lewis’ “Django”, beginning as a drawing room chamber piece, then breaking into a faster swing tempo for solos. “The Sea” follows, this trio piece building like ocean swells as piano and then flute join the lead flugelhorn, with tempo increasing from flute to piano solos and flute shadowing flugelhorn in a coda. The piano solo tracks conjure up many jazz piano stylists, from Ellington (“Jade Butterfly”) to Dave McKenna and Monk (both on “Evening Breeze”), with hints of Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett and McCoy Tyner along the way too. Blue Inventions impresses as an eminently listenable suite in chamber jazz and solo piano mode.”


released October 23, 2020

Neal Kirkwood, piano/compositions; Tim Harrison, flute and alto flute; Ron Horton, flugelhorn.


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Neal Kirkwood New York, New York

Neal Kirkwood is a composer, pianist, arranger and bandleader living in New York City. He composes for jazz and contemporary music chamber ensembles, and for voice, chorus, and orchestra. Jazz groups directed by Kirkwood include a 17-piece big band, an octet, a quartet and a trio. ... more

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