The Twilight Zone Imagine for a minute a big band. No, a really big band, comprised of a full rhythm and horn section smoothed out by a full complement of strings. Imagine further all original material and arrangements welling from the mindspring of a single musician with a singular vision. Kelley Love leads his Pandemonia Orchestra in a debut recording that is interesting at the very least. Submitted for your approval— an orchestra in the mold of Billy Mays, Henry Mancini, and Nelson Riddle playing more rhythmically complex original compositions and arrangements.
The sound of this orchestra is full bodied. It deftly navigates Love’s jaunty, expertly fractured rhythms providing a seamless, swinging collection. This bag of songs moves from the Latinesque to pure, pure swing. If the listener is looking for the music and sound that backed Sinatra and Bennett, this is it. The only difference may be a more pronounced jazz rhythm section and updated solos.
The first jazz record I bought was a Verve compilation of 10 LPs! I saved for more than six months and gave it to myself as a
Christmas present. I was about 18 years old. Since then, my love for jazz has taken me to program the only jazz radio station in
Mexico City, Horizonte 107.9 FM.