Nightfall Reviews:

Leslie Stewart from her online music newsletter
Reverb March 2003:

"Physician Ken Beilman is a familiar sight at area jazz concerts and a well-known patron of the art form. What's not as well-known about Ken is his own musical talent. An amateur in the true sense of the word (remember your Latin - amo, amas, amat - amateur means "for love"), Ken tickles the ivories nightly in his basement studio, and has written an album's worth of original material on which he plays all instruments except drums. Terry O'Mahoney provides the kit work for "Nightfall," which Ken hopes to have available by mid-March."

Dick Sisto:
"I have watched the steady growth of Dr. Ken Beilman's jazz piano work since the time he studied with me about ten years ago. I was fortunate to help organize and perform at several of Dr. Beilman's Celebration of Jazz parties. His love for the music and support of the professional jazz player has been exceptional, exhibiting further his passion for the art form. A true jazz listener, Ken continues to develop as a jazz pianist to this day."

Martin Kasdan Jr., jazz columnist for Louisville Music News in the July 2003 issue:
As mentioned in last month's column, internal medicine specialist Ken Beilman, M.D., is also an accomplished pianist who recently released a new CD, entitled Nightfall, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Jefferson County Medical Society Medical Foundation. This CD was provided to me for review with the caveat that I might find it too "smooth" for my taste. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it comes across as "light" without being "lite," and avoids the clichés of so-called "smooth jazz." The good doctor plays all instruments by way of synthesizer, except for "acoustic drums" by Terry O'Mahoney, one of Louisville's top-flight jazz drummers. Throughout there is a sense of airiness that is enjoyable without being condescending. Occasionally the credits refer to a synthesized trumpet, which to me sounds like a "synthesizer" ought to sound, with little "trumpet-ness" (is that a word?). Similarly, the synthesized saxophone on a few cuts has more of a synthesizer sound than a sax sound. The synthesized flutes, steel drums and other instruments, however, are much truer to the "real things." While this is not intended for the jazz fan who doesn't venture outside of Monk, Mingus, Miles or `Trane, it is eminently listenable and would provide great cruising or picnic music. That it was produced in a home studio by a full-time physician adds an extra measure of pleasure.

Louisville Medicine Review, May 2003:
For the fourth year, Dr. B and the Boppers lit up the room with a command performance at the 2003 Gala. With Ken Beilman, MD, as Dr. B., on piano, Chris Fitzgerald on bass, Craig Wagner on guitar, and Jason Tiemann on drums, the quartet played traditional 1950-70’s acoustic jazz tunes reflective of Bebop artists, such as Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Dr. Beilman enjoys playing a variety of music, including classical, popular and jazz styles. He recently completed a new audio compact disc, entitled, Nightfall. The CD is a combination of original rock, fusion, jazz, ballads and hip-hop tunes he composed, arranged, and recorded in his home studio. The CD features Dr. Beilman on keyboard and Terry O'Mahoney on drums. It is characterized by a smooth jazz sound rather than a Bebop style. The musical presentation tends to be a lush, rich, and intricately arranged. Some tunes include as many as nine instruments. The music is generally relaxing and easy to listen to. Dr. Beilman has committed to donating CD proceeds to the JCMS program, Supplies Over Seas, which provides medical supplies to underdeveloped countries. To purchase a $15 CD, fax information to Jamey D. Aebersold -- Double-Time Jazz at 812-923-1971. Reprinted with permission from Louisville Medicine, a monthly publication of the Jefferson County Medical Society.