Kelvin Roy is a North America émigré who lives in New Zealand. He has released three compact discs to date and his latest is Around the World of Music Live at The Loaded Hog with the BlueStars. Aside from singing, composing and arranging his own material, he also plays the bass trumpet. Herein a conversation concerning his latest project and other related matters to his career and music in New Zealand:
AAJ: Would you please describe your relationship with this recording’s venue, i.e., The Loaded Hog? How important has it been for your career?
KR: I ...read more
Quick and to the Point: Good times at the Loaded Hog.
This live recording at Auckland, New Zealand's Loaded Hog is a departure from the previous releases issued under Kelvin Roy’s name. Whereas his two previous musical explorations were based on his own works, this time he concentrates on covers. On this occasion Roy is stripped to his working crew, who obviously have fond memories of jolly bloody times at that famed Kiwi location, and not the type of group featured in his previous releases, which are more extensively electronic-oriented and less inclined to swinging pulses. Rather than ...read more
Quick and to the Point: Breezily smoothed familiar enigmas.
Approachability isn’t a concern with Kelvin Roy’s music. All compositions and arrangements are – with a couple of exceptions where Nigel Gavin collaborates – his. Extremely familiar sounding harmonic and melodic tracks, however, coil enough insinuated gentle statements throughout to propel the listening up toward fresh peaks.
Love is the conceptual vocalized and affecting theme, operating within an elusive musical sense of inner beings engaged in hard-to-pin-down searches for affection. The instrumentation, ranging from maraca colors to the rarely heard possibilities of the bass trumpet ...read more
Quick and to the Point : Smooth jazz vocal coolness. This production ranges from the riff-like monogroove of You Caught My Eye" to the infectiously accordion grooviness of Let Your Love Out." Of course, there will be melodically funky pieces such as Sorta Like You Know," which unfortunately quits when its getting heated 'nuff. It's All a Dream" and Whatcha Gonna Do" are rock. Goin' Troppo" begs for expansion into a big band chart. Vocalist/instrumentalist Kelvin Roy and company cover much ground ideally suited for smooth jazz audiences. They partake of that élan and ably ...read more