Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
175

Daniel Kelly: Emerge

John Sharpe By

Sign in to view read count Views
Daniel Kelly: Emerge For his fourth release as leader, pianist Daniel Kelly fronts a trio of Chris Tarry on electric bass and Jordan Perlson drums. Following the diversification of his fully improvised solo suite Portal (3x9 Records, 2009), and Duets With Ghosts (3x9 Records, 2008), which pitched his electric quartet against samples of field recordings by Alan Lomax and voices from the past like Marcel Duchamp, James Joyce and even his own great-grandfather, this represents more mainstream fare, though still with a twist.

On a program of ten original compositions, Kelly's distinctive take on the piano trio sees him switch between genres and instruments even on the same song, like the opening "Moroccan Nutchuck" where a Fender Rhodes solo over funky backbeat and probing bass is followed by a sweeping up-tempo piano excursion, toying with dissonance before reverting to thematic territory. On "Anima/Animus," a lyrical, Keith Jarrett-esque melody jostles with exuberant Latin beats before eventually finding accommodation. Ohio native Kelly's mastery of Afro-Cuban rhythms, affirmed by his work with drummer/bandleader Bobby Sanabria and conga legend Candido Camero, emerges frequently, as on the title track where a rolling prepared piano introduction gives way to a joyful Latin groove.

Kelly pays homage to his wife on both the tender ballad "July 25th" and the more upbeat "Song for Katherine," which features a rippling bass solo that ends with a delightful melodic tag, linking back into the theme. Kelly is such a strong player that the solid time of the rhythm section, even on the rockier pair of "Doppelganger" and "Canary Effect," sometimes seems superfluous, but it will be fascinating in the future to see how Kelly forges the different facets on show here into the singular conception surely to come.


Track Listing: Moroccan Nutchuck; Obfyor; Transience; Emerge; Anima/Animus; Doppelganger; Michelangelo's Uncarved Block;; Song for Katherine; Canary Effect.

Personnel: Daniel Kelly: piano, Rhodes; Chris Tarry: electric bass; Jordan Perlson: drums.

Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records | Style: Modern Jazz


Related Video

Shop For Jazz

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Emerge
Emerge
Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records
2009
buy
Pat Metheny Pat Metheny
guitar
John Zorn John Zorn
sax, alto
Brad Mehldau Brad Mehldau
piano
Joel Harrison Joel Harrison
guitar, electric
Arturo Stable Arturo Stable
percussion
Matthew Garrison Matthew Garrison
bass, electric

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.