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Album Review

Kim Pensyl has taken numerous approaches in creating some of contemporary jazz's most appealing works in the genre's early days. The keyboardist/composer's two GRP releases, 1992's 3 Day Weekend and 1993's Eyes of Wonder display not only a masterful musical vision, but also Kim's wide ranging abilities to work both with an ensemble as well as a one man electronic band. Fans who came to Pensyl's music during this time enjoyed this collection, which features highlights from his early career on Optimism Records. Appropriately enough, the titles of those recordings were "Pensyl Sketches" #1, #2 and #3. The songs from #1 and #2 find him performing every sound himself, while those f rom #3 stress his strong leadership abilities as part of a live band. All then tracks, as well as three original selections, display a common threat of melodic brilliance, explosive rhythms and inventive production techniques.

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This is one of the best jazz music ever!!

I highly recommend buying this, but maybe not this exact album, since it does not have all of the songs (I have the original Pensyl Sketches 1 and 2 from the year it came out). They are great to listen to while doing work in your office or even out in a lobby. I'm a receptionist and I play this kind of music all of the time and I highly recommend listening to it!! Or play it at parties!! Great tone and beat!

I NEVER HEARD OF THIS GUY TILL TODAY

NEVER HEARD OF THIS KEYBOARDIST,AND BELIVE ME,WHAT EXCELLENT FUSION ,FUNK AND ALL AROUND GREAT PROGESSIVE JAZZ CD.ALONG THE LINES OF JEFF LORBER,AND BELIEVE ME,I HAVE EVER CD OF JEFF,SINCE HIS JEFF LORBER FUSION BAND DAYS.ALSO ALONG THE LINES OF OLI SILK.IF YOU LOVE MUTLI-KEYBOARD,NICE MULTI SAMPLING LIKE J LORBER HAS DONE OVER THE PAST 25 YEARS,CHECK OUT ,INCREDIABLE THE SONG "THE DOCTOR IS OUT" IT IS A HEART POUNDING,SYTH WITH GREAT MELODIC RIFFS.THIS GUY IS DEFINILY UP WITH JEFF LORBER.I USALLY SELECT CERTAIN SONGS,LIKE WE ALL DO TO GET THE BEST SMOOTH JAZZ,CD.I AM GOING ON VOLUMN 14 IN LESS THAN 2 YEARS TO PICK THE SONGS,FROM INTERNET RADIO AND MY PRIVATE COLLECTION,DOE'S ANYBODY ELSE DO THIS?THIS GUY BLEW ME AWAY,ALMOST TAKES ME BACK TO THE OLD GEORGE DUKE EARLY FUSION,LIKE THE ALBUM-FEEL- AND -THE AURA WILL PREVAIL

Biography

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

A fine pop-jazz keyboardist, trumpeter, and popular attraction on the "contemporary jazz" circuit, Kim Pensyl has recorded a long string of best-selling sets for such labels as Optimism, GRP, and Shanachie. Early on he played a variety of instruments, including trumpet, from age 12 and electric bass in a rock group before settling on keyboards. Pensyl attended Ohio State University, playing with the OSU jazz band. After earning a degree from the Eastman School of Music and attending Cal State Northridge,...
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Crossover Jazz
  • Released: 1994

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