6.14.2019 Planet D’earth featured in UVA today


“Former student Kait Dunton created an album honoring John D’earth, the longtime director of UVA’s jazz performance program… Asked if she could have imagined such a future as a UVA student, the pianist and composer chuckled. “No way,” she said. One of her professors could, though. Dunton credits trumpeter John D’earth, a local jazz legend and longtime director of UVA’s jazz performance program, with believing in her music even before she did…” Read the full article here.

3.20.19 Beautiful review of Planet D’earth by Carol Banks Weber

“Kait Dunton’s new quartet album revolves around ‘Planet D’earth’…Themes of gratitude, inspiration, human connection reverberate…

Planet D’earth is what you’d call stacked. But Kait Dunton’s new quartet album is not about showing off. It’s about giving thanks. The Feb. 8, 2019 Real & Imagined Music release features Grammy®-winning Yellowjackets tenor saxophonist Bob Mintzer on three superb tracks, electric bassist Dane Alderson, also with the Yellowjackets, Dunton’s percussionist husband Jake Reed (TrioKAIT), and veteran hard bop/post-bop trumpeter/flugelhornist John D’earth, at the center of it all.

The 10-track album is essentially an ode to D’earth, the album’s namesake — the one who changed Dunton’s life forever.

The L.A.-based pianist’s new quartet album, her sixth recording to date, extracts the stirring music that emerges from important human connections. Dunton composed the majority of the instrumentals, with D’earth contributing three of his own (“Sarah’s Bracelet,” “River On The Rocks,” “River”).

But D’earth is not your average sideman booked on another recording project. He’s a big deal — a composer of some renown, having put together music for Bruce Hornsby, the Kronos String Quartet, and the Dave Matthews Band, not to mention significant orchestral works. He also played with Buddy Rich, Clark Terry, Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, Tito Puente, Lionel Hampton, and John Scofield, to mention just a few…

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3.11.19 Planet D’earth Reaches #9 on JazzWeek


3.5.19 “Dear John” featured on Tom Schnabel’s KCRW Rhythm Planet Playlist!

“Rhythm Planet showcases tracks from 20 new albums this week. We start the playlist with the Lebanese violinist Layale Chaker, who was recently profiled in the New York Times. We’ll also hear a lovely song by pianist Kait Dunton featuring tenor saxophonist Bob Mintzer…” - Tom Schnabel

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3.4.19 Great review of Planet D’earth by Scott Yanow

“Kait Dunton has already had an impressive career as a pianist and a composer, recording five previous CDs and becoming an increasingly significant force in the modern jazz world. However Planet D’earth is a particularly special project for her…The set begins with the most memorable original, a beautiful picturesque number called “Dear John”…The solos are concise and colorful, the ensembles are tight and the pieces mix together swing and light funk rhythms. “Mister Zen” does a particularly good job of blending together the two horns, Dunton and the rhythm section.  D’earth is well featured on the energetic “Sarah’s Bracelet” and the ballad “River On The Rocks” with the latter also having an excellent piano solo from the leader…All of the music is thought-provoking and subtle (even the more heated performances) and rewards a close listen. Planet D’earth, which features Kait Dunton and particularly John D’earth at their best, is available from www.kaitdunton.com” - Scott Yanow

2.28.19 Planet D’earth reaches #12 on jazzWeek on only its third week at radio

2.18.19 Planet D’earth debuts on radio as the #2 most added new title on JazzWeek

2.08.19 Great First Review of Planet D’earth from Something Else!

“When the protégé becomes a peer, that’s usually a sign that she’s come a hell of a long way…But now, Kait Dunton is ready to look back to where, in a sense, it all started for her: with [John] D’earth. Planet D’earth salutes the veteran jazz musician, whose own career stretches back to the early 70s…Joining Dunton and D’earth are Dunton’s trioKAIT drummer Jake Reed and current Yellowjackets bassist Dane Alderson… In celebrating her starting point, Kait Dunton ends up revealing more about all of what she’s now capable of, easily mastering different approaches in terms of writing music, arranging it and playing it. You come away listening to this album thinking that there’s really not much she can’t tackle with aplomb. Thank goodness John D’earth urged her to go pro.” - S. Victor Aaron

Read the full review on somethingelsereviews.com here.

2.08.19 Planet D’earth (R&I-006) Releases on Real & Imagined Records

Planet D'earth features trumpeter John D'earth in a quartet setting with Dane Alderson on bass, Jake Reed on drums and Kait Dunton on piano. Bob Mintzer joins on tenor sax for three tracks. "If not for John D’earth, Kait Dunton might never have become a professional musician. So it’s only appropriate that her sixth album, Planet D’earth, is both a collaboration with and a musical letter of gratitude to the man who changed the trajectory of her life..."

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1.16.19 trioKAIT 2 makes “Best of 2018” list on somethingelsereviews.com

Featured in Fusion Jazz: “Kait Dunton – trioKAIT 2: Dunton goes electric with this album and she quickly figures how to use those plugged-in keyboards along with her tight rhythm unit to evoke the golden era of adventurous fusion.” - S. Victor Aaron

See the full list here.

12.18 trioKAIT2 makes JazzWeek’s “top 100” list for 2018!

26 weeks on the charts, peaking at #20. Click  here  to see the full list as a PDF.

26 weeks on the charts, peaking at #20. Click here to see the full list as a PDF.

8.18 JazzWeekly reviews trioKAIT 2

George Harris of Jazz Weekly reviews trioKAIT 2, "a rich release of originals" with "lots of rewards".

Read the review here.

8.18 trioKAIT receives 4.5 stars from DownBeat Magazine !

7.18 KAit on the "straight no chaser" podcast

Jeffrey Siegel interviews Kait on the "Straight No Chaser" podcast, featuring conversation about and music from the new album. Siegel also writes, "I’m a big fan of piano trios – the interplay between three rhythm instruments, the resulting melodies and dissonances, the way soloists weave within one another to create something greater than themselves...trioKAIT does all of that, and does it well - but this is a different kind of piano trio."

Listen to the podcast above or click here to read the review and listen on the website.

6.18 jazziz magazine premieres "re-entry" video

JAZZIZ Magazine offers an exclusive premieres of the new video for "Re-Entry", the first track on trioKAIT 2. Click here for the link.

6.18 Popmatters reviews triokait 2

A great review of the new album by Will Layman: "a thrilling and original soulful jazz sound...A new kind of jazz trio demonstrates that 21st century jazz can be subtle and soulful at the same time..."

"More so than The Bad Plus or Robert Glasper's trio, trioKAIT uses a huge variety of rhythms to bring a new century to a jazz trio tradition that has proven capable of absorbing change.” 

"trioKAIT 2 is a grower in every sense, a record that works over time to keep feeding you a greater and greater sense of why jazz is art and popular vernacular at the same time. What a combination. And what a trio.” 

Read the full article here.

4.18 something else! reviews premieres "re-entry"

A great review by S. Victor Aaron of "Re-Entry", the second single from trioKAIT 2: "...crisp piano played with Chick Corea preciseness. She can turn from lithe to muscular on a dime, with a deceptive embraceable melodicism and groove that can make the harmonic complexity underneath easily digestible." Read the full article here.

4.18 downbeat premieres "OCD"

Downbeat.com offers the first listen of "OCD", the new single from trioKAIT 2: a "confluence of the classic piano trio, and space-aged funk and fusion."

1.17 triokait casual reaches #5 on the jazz week radio charts!

11.16 "The Lady in my life" reviewed on Something Else! by s. victor aaron

Nice write up on trioKAIT's Rod Temperton cover, "demonstrating the flair Kait Dunton has for surprising, smart arrangements." Read the full article here.

11.16 "trioKAIT Casual" rocks jazz world on impact

AXS article by Carol Banks Weber: http://www.axs.com/triokait-casual-rocks-jazz-world-on-impact-109435

4.16 triokait featured on jazziz magazine's "33 1/3 anniversary" cd

The Spring 2016 edition of JAZZIZ Magazine includes a double-CD celebrating the magazine's "33 1/3" Anniversary. trioKAIT's "Love Lost" is the second track, accompanied by a great review of the album: "Dunton, bassist Cooper Appelt and drummer Jake Reed play with the energy and intensity of the rock influences on Dunton's richly melodic yet always grooving compositions".


1.16 TRIOKAIT reviewed in jazziz magazine

A nice review of the new trioKAIT album in the Winter 2016 edition of JAZZIZ Magazine: "A charged atmosphere runs through the collection of 13 brief, category-defying originals...virtuosic instrumentalism makes trioKAIT a charismatic work of modern, mainstream music with wide appeal."  - Hrayr Attarian

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12.15 trioKAIT makes JazzWeek’s “Top 100” list for 2015!

19 weeks on the charts, peaking at #11. Click  here  to see the full list as a PDF.

19 weeks on the charts, peaking at #11. Click here to see the full list as a PDF.

12.2.15 triokait in huffington post

How cool! trioKAIT made The Huffington Post's list of "The Best Jazz for 2015"!

10.30.15 triokait with german vocalist erik leuthäuser

trioKAIT featured on German vocalist Erik Leuthäuser's debut album: In the Land of Oo-Bla-Dee. While performing in Germany in March, 2015, trioKAIT had the pleasure of recording on Erik's debut album. trioKAIT backs Erik on half the album, which includes Kait's arrangements of "Wave", "Careless", "There's a Small Hotel" and other standards. Erik is an incredible vocalist and composer - watch out for him!


10.15 player's piece in downbeat magazine

In October, Downbeat Magazine ran a Player's Piece on Kait. Here is an excerpt: "Dunton couldn’t be happier with her compatriots [Jake Reed & Cooper Appelt]. “It’s very clear to me that trio is the sound for my music,” she said. “Everybody is bringing a super important part to the music. None of us are jazz purists. Cooper is just as good on electric as upright. Jake is truly as great at rock as he is at jazz. A lot of the music I write combines all the stuff, and they can switch so easily.” 

8.27.15 USC Thornton announces new trioKAIT album

Jazz pianist, composer and alumna Kait Dunton is emerging as one of the most innovative voices in jazz. She joins fellow...

Posted by USC Thornton School of Music on Monday, July 27, 2015

8.20.15 exclusive streaming premiere on jazztimes.com

Anticipating the release of the new trioKAIT record on July 31, JazzTimes is featuring an exclusive streaming premiere of the full album on its website. trioKAIT is also available for preview and pre-sale now on iTunes. Physical copies can also be pre-ordered online at Kait's audio store.

11.13.14 New triokait album sneak peak announced

S. Victor Aaron of Something Else! Reviews writes about the upcoming trioKAIT album: "...it’s jazz for the here and now, sounding fresh and accessible in spite of all the nifty little complexities they instill into the music. That’s Kait Dunton’s hallmark....So yes, trioKAIT is new, but in a way, Dunton is going back to the driving, dynamic style of her exciting debut album Real And Imagined, still one of my favorite piano trio albums of the last six or seven years." 

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12.22.2014 AXS preview and interview: "KAIT RETURNS TO TRIO FUSION..."

"In L.A., Kait Dunton stands out from the pack because of her ability to transform music into the most accessible but elevated art form...She appeals to the staunch jazz fans with her impeccably timed technique and free flowing bastion of improvisational inspiration that crosses into and out of the realms of the classical, funk, and straight-ahead. Yet, she also reaches the non-jazz fans with luxurious melodies that could never be called superfluous." - Carol Banks Weber

Click to read the full review/interview.

10.10.14 kait reviewed on Bars & Chords

"Kait is an incredibly talented pianist/composer whose music tells a story…"

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11.5.12 examiner.com reviews mountain suite

"Kait Dunton's second, original album, Mountain Suite, is many things: an amazingly seamless amalgam of classical and jazz...a stunning showcase of a jazz newcomer holding her own with legends...Dunton’s musical journey takes on a reflective shape...colored with shimmering, natural tones, in a softening of hardened jazz edges, but still very much jazz in concept, form, function, and execution."

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7.12.12 john edwin mason reviews mountain suite

"Mountain Suite, the mesmerizing new album from the LA-based composer and pianist...quietly invites you into its world for a long, engaging, and ultimately moving stay..."

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5.7.12 in-depth review of mountain suite

"Dunton isn't standing still", writes S. Victor Aaron of Something Else! Reviews. "In the company of some mighty elite and well-established players, she is able to fit right in and project the confidence and growth that will undoubtedly serve her well in the next phase of her career."

Read the full review here.

1.7.12 don heckman reviews real & Imagined

A great write-up in the Playboy Jazz Festival publication by Don Heckman of the International Review of Music.  "Pianist/composer Dunton's first album, Real & Imagined, is the work of an extraordinary talent on the rise... its gripping compositions and inherently swinging rhythms offer a brilliant re-imagining of the elemental aspects of the piano jazz trio..."

8.21.09 kait highlighted as one "ten future female jazz stars" on jazz.com

Kait is highlighted as one of  "The Young Lionesses: Ten Future Female Jazz Stars" on Jazz.com.  "[Kait's] meter and mood shifting compositions reveal an amazing amount of breadth and depth coming right out the gate...Real & Imagined is one of the top two or three jazz records I’ve heard put out by anybody in the past year, a statement I don’t make lightly..."

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4.21.09 great review of real & imagined

"...Dunton’s compositions are consistently well-developed and hard to get out of your mind...Once in a long while you come across music that has the unique quality of being something that is so substantial and yet can be so naturally fun to listen to. Kait Dunton’s first effort Real & Imagined is such a record. She also throws cold water on any notion that the piano/bass/drums format is an exhausted one. It’s very much alive and well, and here is all the proof you need...Let me put it more bluntly: buy this record. Now."

Read the full review here.