Saturday, December 31, 2011

Best Albums of 2011: Kevin Brow

JazzWarp revisit a great year of discoveries in 2011.

Kevin Brow (drums)
Dolls & Guns (Blackout Music;2011)
With various collaborators

Drummer, composer, Kevin Brow released his third album, Dolls & Guns (his first two were with his group Koptor) this year and it didn't disappoint.

A unique mixture of improvisation, minimalism and classic themes, Dolls & Guns is an album that demands repeated listens. Featuring 13 collaborators, Brow has managed to make each piece highly rewarding and different. You get the feeling that each piece could be developed into its own full length album.

Kevin Brow's main outfit, Koptor, is more a modern jazz quartet. As a solo artist, Brow has presented a beautiful work in Dolls & Guns that demonstrates his stature as leader and composer are growing rapidly. Definitely an artist to look out for in 2012. Check out our extended piece on Dolls & Guns.