Roger Kellaway

A Jazz Portrait of Roger Kellaway

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Roger Kellaway was at the beginning of his professional career when he recorded this album for the long-defunct Regina label in 1963. He had recently taken over as the featured pianist at Filly's, a 52nd Street nightclub in New York City. For these sessions, Kellaway utilizes two separate groups. The trio selections with bassist Ben Tucker and drummer Dave Bailey include Kellaway's forward-thinking uptempo blues "Double Fault," the bittersweet ballad "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow," and a romp through the oldie "Crazy She Calls Me" that proves very playful. His quartet with guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Steve Swallow, and drummer Tony Inzalaco plays his gospel-flavored "Same Old, Same Old" and the easygoing "And Elsewhere," the latter sounding like it could have been written for a '60s television theme. Kellaway may surprise a few fans with his brilliant stride piano interpretation of Sidney Bechet's "Broken Windmill." Long out of print, this rewarding release was finally reissued by Fresh Sound in 1990.

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