Jack Kilby and the Front Line are reviewed by Audiophile Review

New Music for January 25th 2019

By Paul Wilson | January 25, 2019 4:37 AM

Jack Kilby And The Front Line – “Love Is A Song Anyone Can Sing” – Crab Shack Music

Sometimes I just don’t know what I like. I like traditional jazz at times and other times, not so much. I’m also given to a big band sound if it is done in a certain way. What Jack Kilby has managed to accomplish is release a work that caught my attention from the first note on track one and held it throughout all twenty-one songs. Hailing from and performing around the Northern Virginia / greater DC area, Kilby and his “ensemble” of musicians deliver a hard pounding at times, melodic at times and at all times wonderful collection of a well-orchestrated work of jazz and big band music. Of the fourteen musicians and vocalists on “Love,” seven of them are playing woodwind instruments. What you have is a work with sax, trumpet, French Horns and flute moving in and out with surprising ease thus keeping the presentation interesting. Perhaps the best thing about this release is that if I don’t have a real penchant for either traditional jazz or big band separately, I can still listen to this one. It does it all.

Overall: 8.5, Sonics: 8

Note: The above link for this work is only for Volume 1. The review sample was Volume I & II. I could not find a link with samples for volumes I & II. Volume I should give a good idea as to the style of music.

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