the roger kellaway trio - remembering bobby darin
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Roger Kellaway on Piano
Bruce Forman on Guitar
Dan Lutz on Bass
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
July 24, 2005
This CD, sometimes playful, sometimes poignant, is singable, danceable, and lovable. The trio is seamlessly blended in improvisational ballads and contrasting rhythms.
#4 – Meditation – Composed by Jobim, Mendonca. A sultry Brazilian guitar first transports the listener with smooth samba rhythms. Roger Kellaway plays an uncluttered tune over the exotic percussive beat of Bruce Forman’s guitar and Dan Lutz’ bass.
#5 – More – Composed by Newell, Ortolani. Switching to swing, this standard is led by Kellaway’s piano with refreshing guitar riffs, as piano and guitar then shift between lead and backup. Kellaway turns the repetitive solo into a spinning, jazzy passage, up and down his keyboard.
#7 – Oh! Look at Me Now – Composed by Bushkin. A romantic guitar lead with bass bow effects fills this song with rapture and melancholia. Piano and guitar converse a bit and pick up the beat to a sexy swing.
#10 – Beyond the Sea – Composed by Lasry, Lawrence, Trenet. This Bobby Darin signature song, led by guitar, then improvisational keyboard chords, is reminiscent of Kellaway’s professional attachment to Darin’s work. There is emotion in this track.