Born: July 21, 1956
Drummer/composer Franklin Kiermyer first came to prominence following the release of Solomon's Daughter, his highly acclaimed third album that features John Coltrane alumnus Pharoah Sanders on saxophone. Widely regarded for his intense passionate energy, spiritual feeling and distinctive sound, his nine albums and many performances have brought his music international recognition.
His latest album: FURTHER (Mobility Music MM20130), co-produced by him & Michael Cuscuna, features his present quartet of Azar Lawrence - saxophone, Benito Gonzalez - piano + Juini Booth - bass.
Franklin was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. His grandfather, a great Charleston and Jitterbug dancer well known on the local scene, gave him his first drum when he was 8 years old. His father loved New Orleans and Swing music, especially Big Bands. Franklin spent many hours listening to these records, from Kid Ory and Fats Waller to Count Basie and Duke Ellington. He was especially drawn to drummers with a big round beat like Sid Catlett, Baby Dodds, Minor Hall and Gene Krupa. He was also moved by the passionate chanting during Saturday morning services in his local Synagogue. ...
- Sanctification by Glenn Astarita
“Drummer Franklin Kiermyer is that rare jazzman, blessed with the ecstatic quality of his free-bop attack.” - ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE
“Kiermyer sounds like Elvin Jones and Rashied Ali wrapped up into a furious, thunderous package; he must be one of the most exciting and intense drummers around.” - THE WIRE
“Kiermyer plays (and composes) with an almost evangelical belief in jazz as a form of pure inspiration.” - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
“Kiermyer plays with volcanic authority.” - DOWN BEAT
“A journey to heights of spiritual experience through music.....