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Roger Kellaway Cello Quartet

- CD Review

Roger Kellaway Cello Quartet
2004 The Verve Music Group
A&M Records

Roger Kellaway (Arranger, Conductor) on Piano
Ed Lustgarten on Cello
Chuck Domanico on Bass
Emil Richards on Percussion
A&M Symphony Orchestra
Erno Neufeld, Concertmaster
Joe Pass, Guitar

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower with Guest Reviewer (Jessie)
August 7, 2004

This is a CD with an eclectic fusion of strings, piano, percussion, and guitars, with Jazz, New Age, and Classical sounds. One can hear an American West motif. Jessie: “A sweet melody that a baby could sleep to. It changes fast, and it’s easy to get into.”

Notable tracks:

#3 – Morning Song – Composed by Roger Kellaway. This American West infused piece is reminiscent of Agnes de Mille’s ballets. The cello carries the theme to a square dance rhythm. Jessie: “There’s good feeling. The piano and cello are talking to me. Like a journey out West.”

#4 – Jorjana – Composed by Roger Kellaway. The piano lead invites a lovely cello in a melodic refrain. Kellaway slips through the keyboard, while the cello soulfully sings. Jessie: “A Blues feeling with a rush. Makes me want to dance. Sounds like love and peace.”

#5 – Esque – Composed by Roger Kellaway. This piece is pulsating, jazzy, upbeat, and replete with surprises. The cello fuses with other strings as all bows fly in a fanciful finale. Jessie: “A Western feeling. Slopping paint on a canvas. A variety of instruments. A fun feeling, like watching dancing.”

#7 – Invasion of the Forest – Composed by Roger Kellaway. A romantic and soothing cello solo accompanies soft piano passages. Music builds to organ-like crescendos. Jessie: “Cool name. Like a baby’s lullaby. Sitting by a flowing stream. Soothing, nice vibratos, calms you down. Flowers blooming, a storm coming, and then it just stops.”

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