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Brian Kelly - Afterplay CD
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"Afterplay was a wonderful listen that deserves as much airplay as possible on what remains of jazz radio here in the United States. Soft and uplifting, this is an album that holds up after many listens."
- Instrumental Pavilion
"Brian Kelly follows his brilliant debut release POOLS OF LIGHT with yet another outstanding, compelling collection of originals... The musical integrity and lyrical sensitivity that Mr. Kelly brings to the table for his projects is clearly evident on this release. At a time when commercial Smooth Jazz too often heads in the direction of cliché, Brian Kelly’s AFTERPLAY is a refreshing example of how we can keep this music genre exciting and vibrant!"
- SmoothJazz.com

"There is a sense of raw and unadulterated joy in the playing that escapes many artists. You'll definitely want to keep your ears on this gent. He'll be at the top of the charts before you know it ... Grand energy and style that gets a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from me - very impressive!"
- Improvijazzation

"Pianist Brian Kelly continues his exploration of modern and smooth jazz music with a brilliant performance on Afterplay, a session of soft flowing grooves and a New Age sound culminating in one of the more unique jazz albums around."
- eJazzNews.com

"Afterplay was a wonderful listen that deserves as much airplay as possible on what remains of jazz radio here in the United States. Soft and uplifting, this is an album that holds up after many listens."
- Instrumental Pavilion

"Brian Kelly (and company) tear it up on Afterplay, track after track... this album came at me like a bolt of lightning. It's chock full of great tunes, superb musicianship... Fans of early Spyro Gyra (circa Freetime) - this one is a must have."
- Bill Binkelman, NewAgeReporter.com


"This is one very tasty recording for those who like contemporary instrumental music that is strong on melodic content."
- Amazon.com

"I have found a jewel with Brian Kelly's Afterplay. This is a brilliant piece of musical arrangements with Brian on the keys and great compliment of artists sharing sheer genius! Afterplay is a wonderful blend of contemporary jazz with a taste of New Age. The music does it for me: smooth, melodic, entrancing and relaxing. Particularly titles: River Rush, Smiling South, Heaven On Earth and of course the title track. You can listen to Afterplay time after time. Brian takes you anywhere your music sensitivities want to go!"
- Dionne Maldonado,
WFSS 91.9 FM, Fayetteville, NC


"Its own genre of fun jazz, this set tickles the ears as easily as Kelly tickles the ivories and a good time is assured for all."
- MidwestRecord.com

"Just wanted to let you know how sensational I think your release is, and how grateful I am to be able to feature it at the radio station."
- Albert Khalis Pride, WBLZ-Blazeradio, Birmingham, Alabama

"Afterplay is a real treat for the ears and is good for the soul as well."
- Kathy Parsons, mainlypiano.com

"BRIAN, I listened to your latest cd. It had the effect on me, like a" DROWNING MAN GETTING THAT BREATH OF AIR TO KEEP LIVING". I hope your other fans can enjoy it as i do. Keep on making the lovely music that you do."
- Calvin Keys, Jazz Guitarist

"the swing and complexity of melodic jazz and the studio precision of Steely Dan... make a confident statement."
- East Bay Express

"Bright and upbeat, 'Afterplay' provides a bit of sonic optimism in these days of uncertainty and change... More jazz than new age, Kelly has created a collection of eleven rhythmically and melodically complex pieces that are easily accessible for casual listening yet provide a substantial and sensual auditory experience for many repeated plays."
- Kathy Parsons, mainlypiano.com

Afterplay, Brian's second album release of original contemporary instrumental music, was awarded #2 "Contemporary Jazz Album" by Independent Music Awards, nominated "Best Instrumental Jazz Album 2009" category by Just Plain Folks Music Awards, and ranked #3 on the NAR top 100 radio chart three months in a row. This 11-song album of mostly upbeat piano instrumentals includes world-class talents on sax, drums, guitar, and flute.
1. River Rush
5:15
2. Smiling South
4:22
3. New Vision
4:44
4. Snowflakes Rising
3:31
5. Flavor Seven
4:46
6. Afterplay 4:44
7. Heaven On Earth
4:39
8. Celtic Fire
3:41
9. Stone Shine
5:05
10. Reach For The Stars
4:53
11. Sunchaser
3:32

Total Playing Time: 49:15
UPC# 692381-1002-2-8
label: Skylight Music
Catalog# SL-1002
Release Date: Nov. 1, 2008


CREDITS

All music composed, arranged, & produced by Brian Kelly
© & 2008 Brian Stephen Kelly (BMI)

Musicians:
Brian Kelly - Piano, Keyboards, Percussion, Pennywhistle, Voice
Eric Crystal - Alto Sax (tracks 1 & 6)
David Rokeach - Drums (tracks 1,2,3,6,8)
Ross Wilson - Trumpet & Trombone (track 2)
Tim Bolling - Percussion (tracks 2,9,10)
Viviana Guzman - Flute (tracks 3 & 7)
Carol Alban - Flute (track 7)
James Robinson* - Guitar (tracks 9 & 11)
* Appears courtesy of Favored Nations Records

Mixing Engineer: Gary Mankin, San Francisco, CA
Mastering: Michael Romanowski, San Francisco, CA
Recording Engineers:
     Jason Sherbundy (sax), San Francisco, CA
     Dave Bell (drums), Bellboy Recording, Richmond, CA
     Bryan Matheson (flutes), Skyline Studios, Oakland, CA
     Ross Wilson (trumpet & trombone) Disher Music & Sound, San Francisco, CA
     James Robinson (guitar) San Jose, CA
     Brian Kelly (piano, keyboards, percussion, pennywhistle, voice) Skylight Music, Oakland, CA
Design: BK


Eric Crystal - Alto Sax
Eric was recently named one of the top 10 Rising Star Soprano Saxophone players in the renowned Downbeat Annual Critics Poll. He has performed and recorded with Boz Scaggs, Omar Sosa, and others.

David Rokeach - Drums
David has performed and/or recorded with: Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Ray Charles, Joe Satriani, Aaron Neville, Steve Miller, and many other world-class musicians.

James Robinson - Guitar
James won San Francisco radio station KKSF's prestigious Bay Area Artist Contest and has a track on KKSF CD Sampler for AIDS Relief, Volume 14.


Ross Wilson - Trumpet
A veteran of the Bay Area music scene, Ross has worked with many legendary musicians, from Sammy Hagar to Tito Puente.


Viviana Guzman - Flute
Viviana has performed as soloist with orchestras in Russia, Chile, Vermont, New York, Wisconsin, California, Texas, and Montana, in such halls as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, and other prominent stages with such artists as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Placido Domingo...

Carol Alban - Flute
Carol is the principal flutist with the Bay Area Chamber Symphony and frequently performs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and occasionally in New York. Carol plays classical, modern and improvised music and has performed at all kinds of venues, ranging from the prestigious Berkeley Piano Club to Hollywood's historic Egyptian Theater to the infamous CBGB night club in New York City....

Tim Bolling - Percussion
As a drum set player and percussionist, Tim's extensive background spans diverse cultural and musical genres, from jazz to rock to R&B to world, expressing his own sense of style while remaining true to the essence of tradition. He has performed with members of Sly And The Family Stone, Airto, Kanye West, and Ancient Future; and with celebrated world performers Habib Khan, Suhaila Salimpour, Mary Ellen Donald, Mimi Spencer, Reda Darwish, Doug Adamz, and Solace. He currently tours with RebbeSoul, Tres Mojo, and Pangia.


Dedicated to the memory of my father,
Paul F. Kelly
(1933-2006).


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