If you are looking for experienced Jazz musicians, Kraig Kilby will be your guy. The Nu-Jazz-based sound of Kilby’s music is mellow and features an eerily beautiful tone. Kilby’s story, however, is just as incredible as the unique individuality of his music.
Kraig Kilby comes from Cincinatti, Ohio, but has made stops in Denver, Colorado, Germany, and California, where he resides now. From youth, Kilby seemed destined for excellence when he continued practice on his Trombone and picked up Piano skills. As his Army Office father continued to move around, Kilby continued to hone in on his talent and returned to America more advanced than his own teachers.
His education in music continued on into college, where he received a degree for music performance at Long Beach State University. In the coming decade of the 1970’s, Kraig Kilby found himself working with artists including Bill Medley, The O’Jays, Michael Bloomfield, Otis Clay, Johnny Taylor and Albert Collins,The Fifth Dimension, Lola Falana, The Whispers, with whom I spent ten years, Boz Skaggs, The Louie Bellson Big Band (Northern California edition), and since 1989, Etta James.
Kraig Kilby even found himself a Grammy Award for his work on Etta James’ “Mystery Lady” album in 1995. After years of helping perfect other artists’ music, Kilby decided to release his own album in 2006, a 10-track piece named “Satori”. The vocal-less jazz-based music has a touch of electronic and features an incredible complexity. This jazz sound is heavy in Trombone and Piano, which he has been trained in for the last several years.
His album features help from big names including the Herbie Hancock legends Paul Jackson on bass and Michael Clark on drums. He received a nomination for the title track from the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, which were held at the Kodak Theater on November 19, 2009, in Hollywood. Kilby explains his music and preference best when he says, “With the trombone being an instrument that, in my view, hasn’t been nearly as exposed and/or profiled as other wind instruments, I have always been inspired to create and release music that features and highlights the instrument.”
Review written by MuzicNotez writer Austin Heath @Nerfblasterpro www.AustinsMusicPicks.com
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