Convergence Zone

Convergence Zone

by Phil Kelly & the NW Prevailing Winds
     
 
From longtime television, film, and commercial arranger Phil Kelly comes Convergence Zone, his first album as a leader. Since a relocation to the Pacific Northwest in 1998, Kelly has worked with a number of regional jazz figures, culminating in the grouping of the NW Prevailing Winds big band playing here. The album is full of works of big-band majesty, able to

Overview

From longtime television, film, and commercial arranger Phil Kelly comes Convergence Zone, his first album as a leader. Since a relocation to the Pacific Northwest in 1998, Kelly has worked with a number of regional jazz figures, culminating in the grouping of the NW Prevailing Winds big band playing here. The album is full of works of big-band majesty, able to emulate the high points of Woody Herman and Count Basie with ease as well as covering new ground in the traditions of the '60s cinematic orchestras. Kelly's compositions and arrangements are the primary stars of the album, with the ability to "simultaneously sound loose and tight," as one critic paradoxically put it. The album opens with a relatively straightforward adaptation/parody of "Camptown Races," then moves somewhat awkwardly into a slightly more funky soul-influenced number. More seamlessly moving forward, one encounters a more relaxed form of swing and an adaptation of "Sweet Georgia Brown" originally written for Doc Severinsen's Tonight Show Band. Trumpeter Jay Thomas makes a stirring tribute to his mentor, Conte Candoli, in a tribute by Joe La Barbera, and the old standard "You and the Night and the Music" provides a nice straightforward groove session with a subtle touch of bop sewn in. The bop continues to a degree in "Yada Yada," with notable solos again by Thomas as well as Pete Christlieb. A Basie tribute of sorts, "O.T.B.S" lays out a long relaxed session with a basic 12-bar blues structure, giving everyone in the band his own time to shine in a solo, and "Kathy's Waltz" is a more orchestral work (with a missing third beat in the waltz) in memory of Kelly's late wife. The album closes on a horn-based gospel groove of sorts with "The Refrigerator." Given the dearth of good big-band arrangers out there in recent years, Kelly is a bright spot in a slightly rarefied field. For the musicality of his arrangements alone, the album is worth hearing. For the additional abilities of the bandmembers, the album becomes one worth buying.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2003
Label:
Origin Records
UPC:
0805558241727
catalogNumber:
82417

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Phil Kelly & the NW Prevailing Winds   Primary Artist
Pete Christlieb   Saxophone,Woodwind,Soloist
Pat Coil   Piano,Soloist
Gary Smulyan   Saxophone
Jay Thomas   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Gary Hobbs   Drums,Soloist
Mark Baldwin   Guitar
Brad Allison   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Paul Baron   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jim Coile   Saxophone,Woodwind,Soloist
Chuck Deardorf   Bass,Soloist
Paul Leim   Drums
Andy Martin   Trombone,Soloist
Craig Nelson   Electric Bass
Bill Ramsay   Saxophone,Woodwind,Soloist
John Hanson   Piano,Soloist
Dan Marcus   Tuba,Soloist
Gary Shutes   Trombone,Soloist
Gerald Stockton   Electric Bass
Nelson Bell   Bass Trombone
Travis Ranney   Saxophone,Woodwind,Soloist
John Hansen   Piano

Technical Credits

Tom T. Hall   Engineer
Dave Brubeck   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
David Hall   Engineer
Joe La Barbera   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Harvey Siders   Liner Notes
Phil Kelly   Arranger,Composer,Producer

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