Monday, April 23, 2018

Chris Kelsey / Jack DeSalvo / Tom Tedesco - Stutches (UNSEEN RAIN Records)

Though today he performs on the entire array of saxophones centered around his straight alto sax, when he was first on the New York City Downtown scene Chris Kelsey was an avowed soprano-only player. Chris met Jack DeSalvo and Tom Tedesco at ABC No Rio, then known also as The Bunker. DeSalvo was fresh from the road, playing guitar in Ronald Shannon Jackson's Decoding Society while Tedesco just finished recording with Karl Berger, Anthony Cox and DeSalvo at Carla Bley's Grog Kill Studio. Tedesco had just opened his own studio in New Jersey, so the trio decided to record sans-bass, with DeSalvo playing electric and classical guitars adding banjo and mandolin while Tedesco played tablas and drum set. Kelsey's sinewy soprano soars over and weaves through the proceedings in this seminal album of improvised music.

1. Jelly Snake 07:23
2. Walking Trees 08:10
3. Red Feet 06:57
4. A Name Will Come 08:18
5. Stutches 04:30
6. Cantolin 10:36
7. Breatheover 18:05
8. Slaughtyville FD Part One 02:03
9. Slaughterville FD Part Two 08:22

Chris Kelsey - soprano saxophone
Jack DeSalvo - electric and classical guitars, banjo, mandolin
Tom Tedesco - drums, tabla

Recorded at Tedesco Studio, Paramus, NJ by Jon Rosenberg
Mastered by Jim DeSalvo at Beanstudio, Wayne, NJ
Design by Qua’s Eye Graphix

Produced by Chris Kelsey, Tom Tedesco, Jack DeSalvo