While most of his earlier albums are in the smooth jazz genre, Kim decided to change his lead instrument from piano to trumpet and to concentrate on jazz, what was his original intention and musical education. Places I've Been is settled in contemporary jazz, while At The Moment was the final step to jazz. When Katie Smiles (2008) is Kim's return to contemporary jazz and to the piano. Pensyl’s piano and keyboards are supported by the bass (Andy Woodson), drums (Reggie Jackson), electric and acoustic guitars (Kevin Turner) and percussion (Jim Ed Cobbs). The title song When Katie Smiles showcases Kim Pensyl in full swing. The accentuated piano melody is answered by Kevin's guitar.
In Winter is a truly unique collection of songs centered around the theme of winter, performed by multi-award-winning recording artist Katie Melua, and featuring the astounding voices of Gori Women’s Choir. Hailing from the city of Gori, Georgia (Melua’s country of birth), this distinctive 24-piece vocal orchestra brings unparalleled magic and warmth to ten festive and deeply personal songs, meticulously curated by Melua. Ranging from original works inspired by Melua’s childhood in Georgia, to new interpretations of traditional carols, the album features the arrangements of world-renowned choral arranger Bob Chilcott. In Winter opens with the traditional Ukrainian Carol introduced to the West as Carol of the Bells, and closes with a show-stopping rendition of O Holy Night. The album also features 4 brand new songs written by Melua, as well as a truly magnificent cover-version of Joni Mitchell’s festive classic, River.