Kelly Brand Nextet: Sister Luna
The Blue Note influence of the '60's is strongly felt on this wonderful quintet release. Kelly gives us five new compositions and thoughtful interpretations of My Funny Valentine and Chick Corea's difficult standard, Tones for Jones Bones. The horns, Art Davis (trumpet) and Louis Stockwell (tenor) always have something to say and the rhythm section, anchored by bassist Kelly Sill is flawless. The drum chair alternates between Eric Montzka and Tim Davis, both very strong players about town. The original tunes are warm, well thought out and reflect the soul of a very nice composer.
Available on the Chicago Lakeside Jazz, widely distributed in Chicago stores or via their website www.cljazz.com