Pianist and trumpeter Kim Pensyl returns with an upbeat album of instrumental jazz that is themed after his various travels. The music was composed to capture the grandeur of mountains and the percolating buzz of the city, from Brazil to the Great Barrier Reef to the Canadian Rockies. The music is entirely acoustic, with harmonies that were composed, arranged and performed entirely by Pensyl. Piano is dominant on many of the tracks, with gentle rhythms, some guitar and horns. It’s an elegant album, especially when listening to breezy tracks like “A Kiss to Say Goodbye” and “Look the Other Way.” “Drifting” ups the tempo to present a warm smooth jazz sound. Pensyl makes music that is packed with feeling – each song tells a story and as listener, you will find yourself enticed by the ride.
Kim Pensyl reflects on his travels in this stunning exhibit of his incredible, critically-acclaimed skill set of composition, arranging, and playing every instrument. With a little contemporary, a little feel-good, and a lot of talent, this is a very enjoyable recording!
Mount Rundle • A Kiss to Say Goodbye • Look the Other Way • Drifting •Dance of the Butterfly • Michael B • In the Nick of Time • Lake Louise • Crossing Paths • No More Sad Songs
“Real deal chops.” — ALL ABOUT JAZZ