Phil Kelly & The SW Santa Ana Winds

My Museum

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Jack Bowers, Cadence, March 2007

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While the wind type and direction have changed on "My Museum", almost everything else, thankfully, remains unimpaired on Phil Kelly's second album in a span of three years. in 2003, Kelly and the NW Prevailing Winds recorded Convergence Zone, a prelude to this admirable new release by the SW Santa Ana Winds. Wheras the NW Winds blew from in and around Kelly's home base in Seattle, Washington, the SW Winds have sprung forth, with a few exceptions, from southern California. But a wind from any locale can be warm and refreshing, as Kelly and his colleagues prove on this exhilarating studio date. A part of that can be ascribed to the leader's excellent charts, another to the proficiency of his talented sidemen, who are among the cream of the West Coast crop (trumpeter Jay Thomas and baritone Bill Ramsay are holdovers from the NW Winds). Kelly is at his best when framing an irresistibly swinging groove, as on "Jeannine," "Bluelonious," "Daydream," "Lazy Afternoon," "Zip Code 2005" and Ramsay's vigorous showcase, "Body and Soul." Tenor Brian Scanlon, trombonist Andy Martin and trumpeter Bob Summers help sharpen the linear "Pleading Dim Cap," while pianist Bill Cunliffe and guitarist Grant Geissman do the same for the Latin/funk-based "Juan Beatov Stomp" and the winson "Lazy Afternoon." Strings and woodwinds enhance Kelly's ethereal ballad, "My Museum," which is nicely sung by Greta Matassa. Martin, Thomas, alto Lanny Morgan, and tenor Pete Christlieb breathe fire on "Zip Code 2005." Another strong candidate for anyone's annual Top Ten List.






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