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.
AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden