Jazzweekly chooses Jack Kilby and the Frontline as Ringer of the Week

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Jack Kilby and the Front Line: Love is a Song Anyone Can Sing

Drummer Jack Kilby creates a wonderful mosaic of sounds as he leads a swinging core hard bop team of Kris Monson/b, Allyn Johnson/p, John D’earth/tp, Charls Owens/ts and Elad Cohen/tb with creative interludes from a wide variety of guests.

The band gets into a hip groove on material like Hank Mobley’s infectious “Hipsippy Blues” and Herbie Hancock’s evocative “Driftin” while even a classical piece like Holst’s “Jupiter” gets a shakeup with the addition of Antonio Hart, Peter Del Grosso and Marcus Tenny on the added horns. A take of Radiohead’s “Life In A Glasshouse” also includes Hart, whle vocals by Christie Dashiell on “Pure Imagination” is a lovely read along with the instrumental take of it. Brief but evocative interludes are found throughout the album, such as a lovely Mark Meadows piano and Kris Monson bass on a pair of “With Love From…” tunes. The whole result is a wonderful tapestry of various colors woven together. Worth searching out!


Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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