Another strong candidate for anyone's annual Top Ten List.
The Grammy-nominated composer and arranger follows up on 2006's "My Museum" with a frisky and swinging set of originals featuring the Northwest version of his Big Band, The NW Prevailing Winds. Special guests joining the band are his longtime LA cohorts, the fiery tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb, altoist Jerry Dodgion, guitarist Grant Geissman and pianist Pat Coil. From the catchy shuffle "Ewe Doo on Bubbas Shoux" to the afro-cuban "Frijoles," the band navigates through Kelly's inspired arrangements with an exuberant swing and impeccable precision.
1 Play Tonic Buds 5:16
2 Limehouse Blues 8:27
3 Ballet of the Bouncing Beagles 9:27
4 Ewe Doo on Bubbas Shoux 7:47
5 Rainshadow 6:35
6 Note-o-Riot-ee 7:34
7 B D Bunz 7:24
8 Estos Frijoles Causa Me Falta Pasar A Los Vientos 7:06
9 Grover 6:19
10 Top Fuel Pete Vs The Trav-ski 7:34
Phil Kelly Big Band:
PHIL KELLY - Conductor
JERRY DODGION - lead alto saxophone
TRAVIS RANNEY - alto, tenor, &soprano saxophones
PETE CHRISTLIEB - tenor saxophone
JIM COILE - tenor saxophone
BILL RAMSAY - baritone saxophone
PETE BREWER - tenor saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet
RANDY LEE - tenor saxphone, flute
BRAD ALLISON - lead trumpet
PAUL BARON - trumpet (split lead 3,10)
JAY THOMAS - trumpet
GARY SHUTES - trombone
DAN MARCUS - trombone
DAVE MARRIOTT, JR. - trombone
NELSON BELL - bass trombone/tuba
JOHN HANSEN - keyboards
PAT COIL - keyboards
DAVE CAPTEIN - acoustic & electric bass
GARY HOBBS - drums
GRANT GEISSMAN - guitar
JOHN BRYANT - percussion
RON SNIDER - percussion
CHRIS ALPIER - string programming
Produced by Phil Kelly
Recorded & mixed by Tom Hall
Recorded at Bear Creek Studios, Woodinville, WA on May 30, 31, and June 1, 2009
Additional recording at
Palmyra Studio, Palmer, TX
Recorded by Milo Phillips
Mixed at Bayside Recording, Bellingham, WA
Mastered by Rick Fisher, RFI Mastering, Seattle, WA
Session photography by Daniel Sheehan
Cover photo by Rosette Jordaan
Cover design by John Bishop
Audiophile Audition (Jeff Krow)
Following Phil Kelly's last big band effort for Origin Records, Convergence Zone, which earned a Grammy nomination, the Bellingham, Washington resident is back with Ballet of the Bouncing Beagles. Phil, who formerly did arrangements for the Tonight Show band, wrote (with the exception of Limehouse Blues), produced, and arranged all the tracks on th ...
Jazz Society of Oregon (George Fendel)
Somebody out there needs to give some high fives to Phil Kelly. Really, it's not very common these days for anyone to release a big band CD this good. And why? Well, among a plethora of highly skilled band barons, a few of the all-star types include Jay Thomas, trumpet; Jerry Dodgion, alto; Pete Christlieb, tenor; Bill Ramsay, baritone; Dave Marrio ...
Jazz Society of Oregon (Kyle O'Brien)
The Northwest doesn't have a lot of big bands, so this group that composer/arranger Kelly has pulled together is a welcome sound for our little corner of the universe. Who cares that half the players are from elsewhere? Bellingham resident Kelly has enlisted some L.A. and New York cats, like saxophonists Jerry Dodgion and Pete Christlieb, and Dalla ...
All About Jazz (Dan McClenaghan)
Phil Kelly spent four decades working the sunny Los Angeles trenches as a composer/arranger for film and television. He wrote music, as well, for more than five hundred television commercials. That was probably a heck of a nice way to pay the rent and put bread and butter on the table. But since his semi-retirement, he has moved into what surely mu ...
JazzTimes (Harvey Siders)
Phil Kelly -- crusader for canines, patriarch of puns, scholar of scoring -- has once again assembled an all-star collection of sidemen and soloists who can sight-read and improvise from some of the most complex charts in all Jazzdom. The mere fact that the likes of Pete Christlieb, Bill Ramsay, Jerry Dodgion, Jay Thomas, Grant Geissman and Gary Ho ...
The Davis Enterprise (Ric Bang)
It's great when a wish comes true. I previously reviewed an album ("My Museum") by Phil Kelly and the Southwest Santa Ana Winds Big Band, and expressed interest in future "Compass Wind" groups. Well, here's another, and this ensemble is dubbed the Northwest Prevailing Winds. Whatever. It's even better than its predecessor. This is a truly big b ...
JazzReview.com (Tim Madison)
The retro-big band sound on this release gleams bright like the bumper on a '57 Chevy. So bright, in fact, that a reasonably astute listener couldn't be blamed for wondering if the the Ballet of the Bouncing Beagles might not be the name of troupe of Vegas showgirls, burlesque dancers, or an Ice Capades show. Phil Kelly and his Northwest Prevail ...