C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz

Pianist/composer/vocalist Kelly Green released her debut recording, Life Rearranged (Self Produced, 2017) not so long ago by today’s output standards. On that recording she revealed herself capable of performing in a variety of formats, with a variety of accompanists. Presently, Green provides us the hopefully-entitled Kelly Green Trio, Volume One, tacitly promising more volumes to come. This is a good thing, because I just figured out the really great thing about Green…well, everything. Mostly, though, Greens voice and singing style are a fortuitous package deal providing beautifully conversational singing with a solid range and certain expression. Volume One is a seven-song collection with six standards and a single, clever original “Daily Lies.” The disc opens with a lengthy consideration (9-minutes plus) that is a revelation. Revealed are all of the charms of Green’s voice and her orchestral piano style. Bassist Alex Tremblay provides a reliable pulse and excellent solos, as does drummer Evan Hyde . The three easily navigate the Charles Mingus/Joni Mitchell mashup of “The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines” and the deft be bop of Charlie Parker‘s “Marmaduke” coupled with Fats Waller‘s “Honeysuckle Rose,” appropriate as both are contrafacts of “I Got Rhythm,” but it is Green and her wonderfully sardonic, casual and amiable deliver that makes the day. I am so glad there will be a Volume Two.

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