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Roger Kellaway: Heroes

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Heroes: The Roger Kellaway Trio
(Roger Kellaway Website)
2006 IPO Recordings, Inc.

Roger Kellaway on Piano
Bruce Forman on Guitar
Dan Lutz on Bass

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
January 4, 2007

This CD is an homage to Roger Kellaway’s heroes, such as George Gershwin, Django Reinhardt, Thelonius Monk, and Oscar Peterson. Kellaway, with Dan Lutz on bass and Bruce Forman on guitar, has arranged ten warm, upbeat, and unique tracks, in duo or trio, all with his seasoned and signature piano embellishments.

Notable tracks:

#2 – Cotton Tail – Composed by Duke Ellington. With Forman’s generous guitar solos, Kellaway offers steady piano backup, followed by Lutz’ bass swing segment, soon in rambunctious duo with piano. Kellaway’s enchanting, professional performance is predictably astounding.

#4 – Nuages – Composed by Reinhardt and Williams. Forman’s guitar lead, in this renowned Reinhardt ballad, develops into a soulful and sensitive rendition. This track clearly showcases Forman’s skill, and Kellaway adds soft, elegant ornamentation.

#5 – Night Train – Composed by Forrest and Washington. Dan Lutz is showcased in this bluesy track, although piano and guitar each pass the lead. This trio is times and in sync, with good musical chemistry all around.

#6 – I’m Smiling Again – Composed by Roger Kellaway. Kellaway has composed a Basin Street-styled piano-bass duo, as each instrument echoes the other. That back and forth develops the swinging theme.

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