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I Was There: Roger Kellaway Plays from the Bobby Darin Songbook

- CD Reviews

I Was There: Roger Kellaway plays
from the Bobby Darin songbook
Roger Kellaway
(Roger Kellaway Website)
2004 IPO Recordings, Inc.

With Roger Kellaway on Solo Piano

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
June 27, 2005

This CD includes well-known ballads with original, upbeat interpretations. Kellaway adds solo riffs in between familiar song segments.

Notable tracks:

#4 – Just In Time – Composed by Comden, Green, and Styne. Kellaway switches the theme, high keys to low keys, in a fusion of contemporary jazz and traditional melodies. Sometimes jazz takes over, and sometimes there’s a decidedly New Orleans twist.

#6 – The Shadow of Your Smile – Composed by Mandel and Webster. With an atmospheric New Age entrance, Kellaway merges into soft romance. His left hand notes add creative texture and rich reflection.

#10 – When Your Lover Has Gone – Composed by Swan. The lower notes add contrasting rhythms and often replace the theme with remarkable calmness. A sense of peace, not urgency, pervades this ballad interpretation.

#11 – That’s All – Composed by Brandt and Haymes. With a bouncy swing, Kellaway adds a new twist to this standard. High note trills become thematic music with rapid, rippling effects.

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