by Willard Maus
co-star of the jazz documentary KEEP ON KEEPIN ON (see Movie review,
above) recently appeared at the Blue Whale jazz club in L.A. to celebrate
the release of his latest album, DEDICATION (Qwest Records). Working with
Evan Sherman on drums and Christopher Smith on bass, the youthful pianist
electrified the crowd with his dynamic and expressive keyboard work.
Kauflin is that and more. Motivated by his deeply held Christian beliefs, he pushes into spiritual dimensions that few pianists even contemplate. When you combine that kind of religiosity and purity with an innate ability to swingwell, what youve got is an extraordinary musician, one of the brightest stars in the jazz constellation.