Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Produced by Quincy Jones, Dedication is the Jazz Village debut by piano prodigy Justin Kauflin. The album features twelve original compositions by Kauflin. His style embodies - without being derivative - the "quiet fire" lyricism of Bill Evans (whom Kauflin credits as his "biggest influence at age 14"), the nimble and mercurial qualities of Bud Powell, the genial melodiousness of Herbie Hancock and a bit of Dave Brubeck's gregarious percussiveness. Kauflin's side men on the album are Billy Williams on drums, Chris Smith on bass, Matt Stevens on guitar and Etan Haziza on nylon guitar. Kauflin is also the subject of the award-winning documentary Keep On Keepin' On, which chronicles his mentorship and friendship with the legendary musician and teacher Clark Terry. The film won Best New Documentary Director and the Heineken Audience Award at New York's prestigious Tribeca Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Boulder Film Festival.
Audio Mixers: Helik Hadar; Chris Allen .
Liner Note Author: Justin Kauflin.
Recording information: EastWest Studios, Hollywood, CA (07/2014); MasterSound Studios, Virginia Beach, VA (07/2014); Sear Sound, New York, NY (07/2014); EastWest Studios, Hollywood, CA (08/2014); MasterSound Studios, Virginia Beach, VA (08/2014); Sear Sound, New York, NY (08/2014); EastWest Studios, Hollywood, CA (09/2014); MasterSound Studios, Virginia Beach, VA (09/2014); Sear Sound, New York, NY (09/2014).
Photographer: Rory Anderson.