Solo Sketches October
This is my first collection of solo piano music. It features six brand new compositions, four of my favorite works from previous CDs, and one new collaboration. I've written a brief description of each of the pieces so that you may have a better understanding of me and my music. This is my most personal, intimate, and musically rewarding work to date, challenging in both it's composition and performance. I've tried to achieve a balance of mind, body, and spirit that can communicate to the listener on a different level. I hope you enjoy this music as much as I do, and that it touches you in an important way. Career Highlights: "Pensyl Sketches #1" (1989) #3 on Billboard, Contemporary Jazz Chart #2 on Radio & Records NAC Chart #6 on Gavin AA Chart ASCAP Best New Jazz Writer #10 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year "Pensyl Sketches #2" (1990) #5 on Billboard, Contemporary Jazz Chart #3 on Radio & Records NAC Chart #9 on Radio & Records Contemporary Jazz Chart #3 on Gavin AA Chart #16 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year "Pensyl Sketches #3" (1991) #9 on Billboard, Contemporary Jazz Chart Top 10 at Radio & Records and Gavin N. A. R. M. Jazz Album of the Year "Three Day Weekend" (1992) #3 on Billboard, Contemporary Jazz Chart Top 10 at Radio & Records and Gavin "Eyes of Wonder" (1993) #16 on Billboard, Contemporary Jazz Chart "Jazz Voices" (1996) WOSU-TV's award winning concert video Bio: Kim Pensyl is a prolific jazz recording artist, composer and arranger who has twice been named one of Billboard's Top-20 Contemporary Jazz Artists of the Year. A pianist and trumpeter, he has had four Top-10 albums on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz chart. He has recorded with jazz legends such as Toots Thielemans, and modern greats like Joey Calderazzo, Bob Mintzer, Chiele Minucci, Andy Narell, Will Kennedy, Steve Rodby, and Alex Acuna. He has performed at such esteemed jazz venues as The Blue Note, Blues Alley, Caravan of Dreams, Scullers, Beacon Theatre, and Great American Music Hall. He has also appeared at the Clearwater Jazz Festival, Sunfest, Summerfest, Stone Mountain Jazz Festival, and Pacific Jazz Festival among others. Also, Kim has toured with the Woody Herman Orchestra and Acoustic Alchemy. He has more than 100 published works recorded and over 150 compositions and arrangements in his catalog. Kim is currently teaching jazz studies at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Kim is the featured artist in the WJZA Smooth Jazz Trio around Central Ohio and also performs at various clubs and concerts. In addition, Kim performs with the faculty and guest artists at CCM, like Arturo Sandavol, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Mulgrew Miller among others, along with several big bands in the Cincinnati area.