Dedication

by Justin Kauflin

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    12 original compositions. #1 Jazz Week (top 10 for 9 straight weeks)

    "...Kauflin develops a voice all his own. It is a voice that
    is mature, distinct and confident" by Brian Zimmerman, Downbeat Magazine

    "favors a clarity of touch and ideas...His writing is also balanced, tempering
    post-bop intricacies with the assurances of the gospel church" by Nate Chinen, New York Times

    "...testament to sheer brilliance of technique and unbridled imagination. The
    pianism here is mature, poised and absolutely flawless" by Raul da Gama, World Music Report

    "His classical training is apparent in his delicate touch, clear articulation, and ability to
    unspool long, graceful, improvised melodic lines... by Allen Morrison, Jazz Times

    "Kauflin's sensitive playing gives his music a transcendent calm that is transformative at
    its best...he can show off if he wants to, but puts those technical skills to work in the service of the music" by Jack Goldstein, Blogcritics

    "At the center of the album is a 3-part suite...inspired by Kauflin's deep
    Catholic faith...these are joyous works containing some of Kauflin's most exuberant playing..." by Thomas Cunliffe, Jazz History Online

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about

When first conceptualizing this project, I realized there was so much for which I am extremely grateful. It was then that I decided to dedicate this album to all the people who gave of themselves selflessly in order to help me along this journey.

First and foremost, this album is dedicated to God. He is at the center and the source of the music I create. At the same time, I offer this music up to Him in praise and thanksgiving. The music I make is a direct reflection of who I am, and I would be nothing without Christ as the source of my inspiration.

I'm truly grateful for my incredible family and friends. I am who I am, and where I am because of their love and support.
As a perpetual student, I have so many wonderful teachers for which I am incredibly grateful. Thank you Suzanne Schreck, Virginia Koun, Liz Barnes, Jeff Smith, Chris Brydge, Woody Beckner, Jae Sinnett, John Toomey, Jimmy Masters, Harold Mabern and David Demsey.

I am also eternally grateful for every second I was able to spend with the great Mulgrew Miller. Words cannot adequately express the gratitude I feel to have been in the presence of such a gentle and humble spirit.

And, Cee Tee, thank you for sharing your beauty and joy with the world. I couldn't possibly thank you enough for everything you've given, but I will certainly try my best through my music and my life. Thank you, I love you, and God bless you.

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released January 12, 2015

PERSONNEL
​Justin Kauflin, piano & keyboards
Billy Williams, drums
Chris Smith, acoustic bass
Matt Stevens, electric guitar
Etan Haziza, acoustic guitar

PRODUCERS
Quincy Jones & Justin Kauflin

RECORDING ENGINEERS
Helik Hadar & David Davis (EastWest Studios), Rob Ulsh (MasterSound)

MIXING ENGINEER - Chris Allen (Sear Sound, NYC)

MASTERING ENGINEER
Bernie Grundman (Bernie Grundman Mastering)

PHOTO by Rory Anderson. COVER DESIGN by Chris Kauflin

LABEL - Justin Kauflin Music, Qwest

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Justin Kauflin Los Angeles, California

Justin Kauflin is an award-winning American jazz pianist, composer, producer, educator and Quincy Jones Artist. He performs worldwide with his trio or as solo artist; recorded on 31 albums; composed the film score for critically acclaimed documentary Keep On Keepin On; published 29 original compositions and produced 4 albums as leader ... more

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