started out playing rock and roll but was wooed by the sounds of Miles
Davis when he saw him perform in Denver, Colorado, and it became a
life-changing moment. Stoking
the fires of his newfound musical love, he moved into a house with a jazz
aficionado who owned a massive number of jazz records.
He issued his
first solo album, Earth School,
in 1989. Then he joined The Rippingtons, and has been performing with them ever
since. In 1999, he released
another album, More Often Than Not.
He has played
with a variety of artists and bands, including David Benoit, The
Benoit/Freeman Project, the Big Butt Trio, Larry Carlton, The Corner Stone
Quartet, Firefall, B.B. King, The Rocky Mountain
All Stars, and Spyro Gyra. A fixture on the jazz-festival
circuit, Kim has performed at Montreaux and
Newport and toured internationally in Europe and Japan.
In 2002, he unveiled
a solo CD, Let’s Cool One,
the title of which was culled from a Thelonius
Monk song. He has his own
studio with plenty of bells and whistles, including a pair of ADAT
recorders interfacing with a G-4 and MOTU 828, a Mackie console and twin Yahama NS speakers.
The Big Butt
trio is rounded out—pun intended—by Jimmy Mahlis
and Toss Panos. Kim plays the electric bass and
standup bass. For years, he
plied his trade on a Roscoe but lately he has begun endorsing Fender. Don’t be surprised to see a
Kim Stone bass manufactured sometime in the future.