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Kelly Brand Nextet: The Door

Read "The Door" reviewed by Jack Bowers

One of the things I miss most about no longer living in the Chicago area is seeing and hearing groups like pianist Kelly Brand's Nextet, known only to a small number of enthusiasts in the immediate neighborhood but deserving a much wider audience. One of the musicians I miss most is trumpeter Art Davis, a bellwether of the ensemble who has long been an admirably resourceful improviser and one of the Windy City's unsung treasures.

True story. Some years ago, ...

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Kelly Brand Nextet: The Door

Read "The Door" reviewed by John Barron

The Kelly Brand Nextet is the brain-child of Chicago pianist/composer Kelly Brand. The ensemble, a vehicle for Brand's compositional vision features a crew of top-notch Windy City musicians who swing with an aggressive edge. Something of a family affair, The Door features Brand's husband Kelly Sill on bass and on one track, her daughter Naomi Sill on cello.

The Door is made up of a number of compelling musical components, the most intriguing of which is Brand's composing ...


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