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Roger Kellaway: Roger Kellaway Live at the Jazz Standard (2009)

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Pianist Roger Kellaway can swing hard and has played with everyone from Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
b.1930
saxophone
to Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell
b.1943
vocalist
. His knowledge of music is encyclopedic and his pianism is instantly recognizable for its airy, sparkling quality, flowing from a singular skill he has to incorporate stride, swing, boogie and more into something totally modern. Long an in-demand sideman, Kellaway has too rarely recorded fronting his own group. Which brings us to the happy occasion of this live 2006 Jazz Standard set with his "East Coast group" (he also maintains a "West Coast group").

The opener here is Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
1899 - 1974
piano
's "Cottontail," on which Kellaway exhibits finger-twisting runs in company with Stefon Harris
Stefon Harris
Stefon Harris
b.1973
vibraphone
guesting on vibes. It's a breathtaking turn that leads into yet more Ellington joy with "C Jam Blues" on which Russell Malone
Russell Malone
Russell Malone
b.1963
guitar, electric
's guitar propels even more non-stop swinging.

If further evidence was needed of Kellaway's diversity, the Russian classical cellist Borislav Strulev joins the festivities for the leader's "All My Life." The chamber-style duet is as deep and passionate as it is resonant. Kellaway's approach to Dave Brubeck
Dave Brubeck
Dave Brubeck
1920 - 2012
piano
's hit, Paul Desmond
Paul Desmond
Paul Desmond
1924 - 1977
sax, alto
's "Take Five" begins lightly and gently skipping; he seamlessly shifts from soft to emphatic chords and, with Jay Leonhart
Jay Leonhart
Jay Leonhart
b.1940
bass
's bass and Malone's guitar, builds to a bedazzling crescendo of fresh possibilities. This is followed by a sweet meditation on "The Nearness of You" joined by Malone and Harris.

Pushing musical explorations even further, the second disc opens with "Tumbling Tumbleweeds." "Tumbling Tumbleweeds"? Who knew? It's just further proof of Kellaway's ability to unearth fresh rhythms and find unlikely places in which to swing. Turning to the more familiar jazz terrain of Redman-Gilbert's "Cherry," Kellaway recalls the hard swinging sound of the early Nat "King" Cole
Nat
Nat "King" Cole
1919 - 1965
piano
Trio. On the closer, Monk's "52nd Street Theme," all hands cut loose to go way past the speed limit. When they called this a "live set" they weren't kidding.

Track Listing: CD1: Cottontail; C Jam Blues; Someday My Prince Will Come; All My Life; I'm Beginning to See the Light; Take Five; The Nearness of You; Doxy. CD2: Tumbling Tumbleweeds; Cherry; You Don't Know What Love Is; Freddie Freeloader; 52nd Street Theme.

Personnel: Roger Kellaway: piano; Russell Malone: guitar; Stefon Harris: vibes; Jay Leonhart: bass; Borislaw Strulev: cello.

Record Label: IPO Recordings

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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