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by Jim Kimsey

Kimsey's guitar and composing skills lead a masterfully varied and original set from swinging neo-bop to New Orleans 2nd Line and cool ballads. The music is memorably melodic and superbly performed with traces of classic Miles, Bill Frisell
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. PerXactly!
5:32 $0.99
2. Rampart St. Rhumba
5:14 $0.99
3. Puo Dirmi
4:47 $0.99
4. Now What Is It
8:54 $0.99
5. Ndkrebn
5:06 $0.99
6. Mambo Jimbo
5:13 $0.99
7. Without You
5:37 $0.99
8. Second Line Thang
6:45 $0.99
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Album Notes
For over twenty years as a solo artist,
bandleader and sideman, Jim Kimsey has
shown himself to be a highly individual musician.
While consistently drawing on a broad mix of
music, Kimsey has always succeeded at being
himself, no matter what the situation.

Now with PerXactly! his jazz debut, he plays many roles -- composer, arranger, bandleader, guitar maestro -- and proves himself a master of each. Surrounded by a group of superb, sensitive players he moves seamlessly through an array of styles and grooves. Their sense of interplay is swinging and conversational in the finest tradition of jazz ensemble performance, like on the relentlessly cool and exciting opener, Perxactly!

The compositions here are memorably melodic, highlighting the lyrical introspective quality in Kimsey's writing. His tunes are framed by bittersweet, goosebumpy harmonies that use dissonance to tease out subtleties of humor and longing. This sort of harmonic adventureousness requires an expertise and musicality not often heard, and is demonstrated to stunning effect on the great ballad Puo Dirmi.

Further spicing this harmonic roux is a persistent yet shape-shifting flavor of the blues. Check out romps like Rampart Street Rhumba and Second Line Thang, whose exultant rhythms celebrate the New Orleans roots of jazz and r&b - while the guitar break on the tango section of NDKREBN pulls the roots from the mud as it soars to the clouds.

One is transported by the music on PerXactly! to invigorating, atmospheric places: the bustling streets of the French Quarter; the lonesome cafes of Naples; the sexy social clubs of Havana; the smoky after-hours joints of old Indianapolis. Along the way the listener hears echoes of classic Miles, Bill Frisell, Professor Longhair and Nino Rota.

The word PerXactly! [per-'zak-(t)lee] is a hip, soulful way of saying, "Yeah!" It's a funny and poignant sign of affirmation -- and a perfect name for this beautiful music.

Jim Kimsey: guitar
Michael Stricklin: sax
Sam Withrow: drums
Fred Withrow: bass
Bruce Polson: piano, keys
Jesse Wittman: bass



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Lou Padro

Nice compositions, delirious guitar work, obviously good musicians
The music covered a lot of textures and modes, sometimes within the same song such as in Without You. The guitar playing was punchy and in your face when it needed to be, as evidenced in Second Line Thang. My favorite three songs (in order) were Puo Dirmi, PerXactly, then Without You. I really enjoyed the solo work on Puo Dirmi, the use of the vibrato in conjunction with the chord melody type of playing, then the use of harmonics on top of all that. Musically, I enjoyed the way the song just builds. PerXactly is a great song. The swirling melody lines on PerXactly blew my mind when I first heard it. I had to hear it a second time to validate the high I experienced from hearing it the first time. Without You is one of those "tilt your head back and enjoy" and, again, the mix of feels, rhythmns, and tones were very creative and worked real well for me as a listener. Plus, this song features some of the most dynamic playing via hammer-ons, bends, and "swirls". Without You is one of those tunes that would be fun to play.

All of the tunes on this CD are really creative and good tunes , but the above three in particular caught my attention again and again. This is good work by an articulate musician and a hell of a guitar player.

M.B. Fiddler

Imaginative and unanticipated nuances... a straight ahead jazz adventure
Jim Kimsey and his colleagues have put together an adventurous album of 8 tunes, all penned by Kimsey himself. The group lights fires all over the album.. Jim Kimsey's guitar voice is memorable throughout, but particularly so on NDKREBN, Without You -- an intimate musical conversation between him and saophonist Michael Stricklin -- and Second Line Thang -- a mix of references that left me appreciating, again, that jazz is a continuing conversation between those who have come before and the musical thoughts of talented musicians today.

About a third of the way through my first listen, I knew there was art here -- I was reacting and I wanted to listen again immediately to the first couple of cuts. They lit the first fire with the title tune and then blew me away with Rampart St. Rhumba.. the compelling rhythm work of drummer Sam Withrow brought me back to the reason why New Orleans is the most joyful root we have in jazz.

The album is a fine mix of old and new wine in bottles of similar vintages.