166

The Kelly Brand Nextet: Sister Luna

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
The Kelly Brand Nextet: Sister Luna
Pianist Kelly Brand’s second album is as tastefully cooked as her first ( A Dream in a Stone ), with crisp blowing by front–liners Art Davis and Lou Stockwell and sure–handed support from Brand, bassist / husband Kelly Sill and drummers Tim Davis or Eric Montzka. A “nextet,” by the way, can be either a trio (Rodgers and Hart’s “My Funny Valentine,” Chick Corea’s “Tones for Joan’s Bones”), quartet (“An Old Road”) or quintet (the four other tracks). Brand, Sill and Tim Davis comprise the trio, Art Davis makes it a foursome on “Old Road,” while Tim Davis keeps steady time on three of the quintet numbers and Eric Montzka does likewise on the curtain–raising bopper, “Sister Luna,” and “Old Road,” which were recorded in ’98, a year earlier than the other selections. Brand, who writes a pretty melody, authored those two numbers and “The Gatespinner,“ Bobby Hutcherson wrote “For You Mom and Dad” and the late Roland Kirk composed the bluesy finale, “Gifts and Messages.” Brand is an able accompanist who knows how to shape a charming and coherent solo (listen, for example, to her buoyant treatises on “Sister Luna,” “Tones for Joan’s Bones” and “Gatespinner” or her wistful commentary on “Funny Valentine”), and it’s always a pleasure to hear Art Davis, one of the Chicago area’s most talented trumpeters. Stockwell, an ardent post–bopper from the Joe Henderson / Michael Brecker school, has some arresting moments, especially on “Sister Luna” (he plays soprano on “Gatespinner”), while Sill is heard to good advantage on “Old Road,” “Tones” and “Gatespinner.” Solid, straight–ahead and accessible Jazz by a like–minded group of talented young Chicagoans.

Contact:www.cljazz.com; e–mail [email protected]

Track Listing

Sister Luna; My Funny Valentine; An Old Road; For You Mom and Dad; Tones for Joan

Personnel

Kelly Brand, piano; Louis Stockwell, tenor, soprano sax; Art Davis, trumpet; Kelly Sill, bass; Eric Montzka, Tim Davis, drums.

Album information

Title: Sister Luna | Year Released: 2001 | Record Label: Chicago Lakeside Jazz

Post a comment about this album

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Read Mazel Tov Kocktail!
Mazel Tov Kocktail!
Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine
Read Twilight
Twilight
U.S.E. Trio
Read Play On
Play On
Out To Dinner
Read Auge
Auge
Aki Takase
Read Heart Of Fire
Heart Of Fire
Ally Venable
Read Asteroid Ekosystem
Asteroid Ekosystem
Alister Spence Trio With Ed Kuepper

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.