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St. Louis Blu

by Kelvyn Bell

A tribute to the culture of raw intuitive sound that was born in St. Louis and inspired this self taught guitar master to achieve international critical acclaim.
Genre: Jazz: Avant-Garde Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. East St. Louis Riots 1917
3:44 $0.99
2. Light Blue
3:10 $1.29
3. The Feeling of Jazz
2:57 $1.29
4. The Lower Nile
5:12 $0.99
5. Gloster, MS
4:02 $0.99
6. Soul Eyes
5:37 $1.29
7. Northside St. Louis
5:10 $0.99
8. I Remember Clifford
5:09 $1.29
9. Ruby, My Dear
4:31 $1.29
10. Free Funk for Ferguson
4:26 $0.99
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Album Notes
Guitarist/composer Kelvyn Bell, leader of the avant-funk band Kelvynator follows up the group’s 2013 release Funk 4 Wha
Cha Know with the debut of his solo outing, St. Louis Blu. A tribute to his Missouri hometown roots, Bell uses a heavy dose of church, blues, jazz and avant-garde as he declares, ”I wanted to create a statement that reflects the grit, wit and cultural heritage of the town and times I grew up in.”

St. Louis is well known for producing innovative contributors to the music world that include Clark Terry, Miles Davis, Grant Green, Chuck Berry, Hamiet Bluiett, Oliver Lake, Lester & Joseph Bowie, Greg Osby and Nelly to name a few. Kelvyn grew up in the same cultural environment and describes it’s identity as such, ”It’s raw intuition. That’s how you learn to play the blues in St. Louis. Some folks think the blues is sad but it’s actually a healing force for the community just like church.”

St. Louis Blu is performed entirely on steel string acoustic guitar covering a variety of music genres, standards and originals. Bell
states, “I didn’t want no electronic effects, just pure acoustic guitar tones and rhythms that reveal the spirit of my ancestors so I could thank them for their gifts.”

The first track is an original healing blues titled East St. Louis Riots 1917 followed by Thelonious Monk’s Light Blue and Duke
Ellington’s The Feeling of Jazz. Bell invents some drum loops and adds himself on bass for Arthur Blythe’s The Lower Nile. Other originals include Northside St. Louis and Free Funk For Ferguson recognizing the struggle and challenges of growing up in a city on the border of the Mason/ Dixon line in the 1970s.



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