The pianist/leader constructs equally elaborate, listener-friendly pieces that score points for both poise and intellect.
Featuring some of Chicago's finest musicians, composer/pianist Kelly Brand's debut recording for Origin stands out with a set of all original music highlighting the band's modern group aesthetic and what the Chicago Reader called "noteworthy craftsmanship and flowing serene energy." Besides the horn work of trumpeter Art Davis and saxophonist Geof Bradfield, "The Door" also features vocals by Mari Anne Jayme and the propulsive rhythm section of bassist Kelly Sill and drummer Jon Deitemyer.
1 Ding Song 7:43
2 The Tides 7:29
3 An Old Road 5:24
4 Try Silence 5:39
5 The Question 5:02
6 Bitter Blew The Winds of March 6:36
7 Night Dreamer 4:03
8 Number Nine 7:08
9 I'll Take You There 8:08
10 Show Me The Door 6:32
KELLY BRAND - piano, compositions, arrang.
GEOF BRADFIELD - tenor saxophone, flute
ART DAVIS - trumpet, flugelhorn
KELLY SILL - bass
JON DEITEMYER - drums, percussion
MARI ANNE JAYME - vocals
NAOMI SILL - cello
Produced & arranged by Kelly Brand
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Scott Steinman
Recorded at Studiomedia, Evanston, IL
Kelly photo by Laura Hamm-Goetschel
Cover design by John Bishop
All About Jazz (Jack Bowers)
One of the things I miss most about no longer living in the Chicago area is seeing and hearing groups like pianist Kelly Brand's Nextet, known only to a small number of enthusiasts in the immediate neighborhood but deserving a much wider audience. One of the musicians I miss most is trumpeter Art Davis, a bellwether of the ensemble who has long bee ...
All About Jazz.com (John Barron)
The Kelly Brand Nextet is the brain-child of Chicago pianist/composer Kelly Brand. The ensemble, a vehicle for Brand's compositional vision features a crew of top-notch Windy City musicians who swing with an aggressive edge. Something of a family affair, The Door features Brand's husband Kelly Sill on bass and on one track, her daughter Naomi Sill ...
All Music Guide (Adam Greenberg)
An album of originals (plus one stray Wayne Shorter number), pianist Kelly Brand's The Door is a nice set of contemporary Chicago jazz. This is nightclub jazz at its best, with attention paid to the compositions and the details, a fine set of backing musicians, and an able leader directing the activities. The compositions are never too complex, but ...
JazzTimes, May 2008 (Thomas Conrad)
The Nextet (nice neologism) is first an outlet for the compositions and arrangements of Kelly Brand, and second a showcase for some of Chicago's best straightahead jazz players: tenor saxophonist Geof Bradfield, trumpeter Art Davis, bassist Kelly Sill (Brand's husband) and drummer Jon Deitemyer. Brand writes polished melodies and subtle harmonies a ...
Jazzreview (Charles Vecoli )
The Door is the latest effort from pianist, composer Kelly Brand and her Nextet. Once you put this disc on, you won't want to take it off. This is a disc that is full of listening pleasure. The composition is excellent, the arrangements are thick with melody and tempo, and the execution is superb. The listener is engaged from the first note until t ...
JazzIs (Neil Tesser)
The latest and best album by Chicago pianist and composer Kelly Brand. Brand brings an understated beneficence to her music: when she backs other players, she offers dark full chords, while her own solos are thoughtful, uncluttered affairs ? good stories told simply and well. Her narratives have another advantage in that they are always backed by ...
CD Hotlist: Baker & Taylor (Jeff Wanser)
The Door opens into a set of fine original compositions and arrangements by Chicago pianist Brand. To some extent this is a family affair, with her husband, Kelly Sill, on bass, and her daughter Naomi guesting on cello, but she gets much of her help from other folks on sax, flute, trumpet, drums, and occasional vocals. Her fourth CD, this is square ...
Chicago Jazz.com (Tim Gault)
Ding Dong. The ring of a doorbell starts the latest offering from Chicago pianist Kelly Brand. This noted Chicago mainstay here provides an invitation for us to hear a set of mostly new compositions from her pen. A couple of other cuts on the CD also employ some sort of sound effects to briefly frame the mood of these tunes. So we are offered a cle ...
www.jazzchicago.net (Brad Walseth)
It sometimes astounds me, when I hear local musicians whose talent is world class, and yet they are perhaps not very well known outside the boundaries of Chicago, although they should be. Case in point is pianist/composer Kelly Brand, who is known to the jazz fans of Chicago, but deserves a much wider audience based on her stellar playing and compo ...