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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 KBNextet@aol.com
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.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com