All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Franklin Kiermyer

Franklin Kiermyer

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.

His professional career started at supper clubs and private parties with his high school music teacher. During this period, Franklin was introduced to both Vajrayana Buddhist meditation and the music of the John Coltrane Quartet of the mid-sixties. These inspirations had an immediate and profound impact that would intensify over the years.

Read more
Interviews
Album Reviews
Interviews
Extended Analysis
Album Reviews
Read more articles
A few selected quotes about Franklin:

“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..

Read more

View More Photos

Discography

Closer To The Sun

Closer To The Sun

Mobility Music
2017

buy
Closer To The Sun

Closer To The Sun

Mobility Music
2016

buy
Franklin Kiermyer: Further

Franklin Kiermyer:...

Mobility Music
2014

buy
Further

Further

Mobility Music
2014

buy
 

Sanctification

Sunship Records
2000

buy
Auspicious Blazing Sun

Auspicious Blazing Sun

Mobility Music
1999

buy
Between Joy and Consequence (Live)

Between Joy and Consequence (Live)

Franklin Kiermyer
Further

Watch

Similar

Nels Cline Nels Cline
guitar, electric
Steve Lacy Steve Lacy
saxophone, soprano
Roswell Rudd Roswell Rudd
trombone
Frank Wright Frank Wright
saxophone, tenor
Kahil El'Zabar Kahil El'Zabar
percussion
Yuri Honing Yuri Honing
saxophone, tenor

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.