Group Members: Frank Kimbrough, Ben Allison, Tim Horner, Matt Wilson, Ron Horton, Jeff Ballard, Ted Nash
Styles: Modern Creative, Progressive Big Band
The Herbie Nichols Project has recorded modern renditions of compositions by late pianist Herbie Nichols for the Soul Note and Palmetto labels. The group was co-founded by pianist Frank Kimbrough and bassist Ben Allison in 1992, and is tied in to the Jazz Composers Collective, a New York organization which started around the same time. The Herbie Nichols Project's recorded their debut, Love Is Proximity, during 1995-1996. While the drummers changed with each album, trumpeter/flugelhornist Ron Horton was a mainstay, and saxophonist Ted Nash joined on by the time of the band's 1999 recording Dr. Cyclop's Dream, also on Soul Note. Their third album - and first for Palmetto - Strange City (2001) included drummer Matt Wilson.
-Joslyn Layne (All Music Guide)