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by Kelly Rossum

Acoustic modern experimental jazz
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. Line I
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2. La Vita a Roma
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3. Line Ii
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4. Sitting On the Dock Looking At Stars
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5. Sand Dunes
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6. Line Iii
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7. Seduction
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8. Line
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9. Soft
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10. Line Iv
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11. Places of the Mindful
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12. Line V
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Announcing the release of a new jazz CD by trumpeter Kelly Rossum, LINE (612 Sides). The recording features regional musicians: Chris Thomson, Chris Bates and JT Bates, along with Houston tenor saxophonist, Woody Witt. The CD’s street date will be Tuesday, October 3, 2006 and the release concerts are scheduled for October 6th and 7th at the Artists’ Quarter in St. Paul, MN.

“If you are looking to see what kind of jazz music Minnesota can produce, look no further than Kelly Rossum” – Rift Magazine.

Kelly Rossum will be celebrating his new recording with a weekend at the Artists’ Quarter in St.Paul, MN on Friday and Saturday, October 6th and 7th, 2006. This performance will feature all of the musicians on the project, including Houston tenor saxophonist Woody Witt.

“Rossum is gifted to a philosophical level of musical understanding” – Jazz Improv Magazine.

Having recently performed free-jazz in Bangkok with a quartet of Russian and Thai musicians, Kelly Rossum has traveled around the world to deliver his music to a new audience. He is building a reputation as a creative force in the definition of modern jazz. It is difficult to describe his style as anything but unique; combining the traditions of swing, bop, and free-jazz with the innovations of electronica, ambient, and trance music. Kelly’s award winning release, RENOVATION (612 Sides), was released in 2004.

“RENOVATION chosen as one of the 10 best local albums of 2004. Renovation remains a warm-hearted, smartly eclectic outing from versatile and simpatico players.” – City Pages, Year in Music Issue.

“Twin Cities Critics Tally: The Top 20 local albums of 2004. Trumpeter Rossum’s second CD with his all-star jazz quintet has modern, innovative flavor but never falls too far from the Miles tree.” – Chris Riemenschneider, Minneapolis Star Tribune.


The KELLY ROSSUM QUINTET performs Friday, October 6th and Saturday October 7th, 2006 at 9:00pm. For tickets contact the Artists’ Quarter at (651) 292-1359 or visit www.artistsquarter.com for more information. The Artists’ Quarter in located at 7th Place & St. Peter Street, in the Hamm Building, Downtown St. Paul, MN.

“The leader [Rossum] has an impressive command of his horn… If this is the musical path that Kelly Rossum has chosen to tread, it will be interesting to see where it leads.” – International Trumpet Guild Journal

From the Liner Notes of LINE: “Art contains many lines; they linger long after their creation. Lines of motion, melodies and thought are intertwined on this offering. Follow the lines…” - Kelly Rossum

“Here, he has brought together a cooperative quintet made up of members of the Twin Cities’ burgeoning improvised music community, who delicately hedge the lines between inside and outside playing. LINE is not a mere directional indicator or divisional tactic; it is a marker of points between which many things can occur, points appearing repeatedly with open actions and experiences between them. Kelly Rossum, Chris Thomson, Woody Witt, Chris Bates and J.T. Bates have gone far beyond the canvas in applying LINE.” - Clifford Allen, contributor to All About Jazz


Woody Witt – tenor saxophone. Composer, performer and educator, Woody Witt is a saxophonist setting his tone as a leader in the jazz world today. His fresh ideas and original approach to improvisation and composition have earned him a place to perform with some of the top names in the industry. His latest release, Square Peg, Round Hole (Apria), was prominently featured in Downbeat’s April 2006 issue.

Chris Thomson – tenor and soprano saxophones. Chris toured the United States, Canada, Caribbean, and Japan with the Glenn Miller Orchestra for just over a year. Since returning to Minneapolis, he has been dedicated to developing original music projects such as the Afrobeat band Yawo and Les Fils Attivon; as well as an experimental music series of his own leadership, iQuit.

Chris Bates – bass. He was a founding member of the Motion Poets; a Minneapolis based jazz sextet. The Motion Poets recorded three albums of original material and toured the US extensively for 6 years. Currently, Chris leads two of his own stellar projects: Framework and Low Blows.

JT Bates – drums. A Minneapolis native, he co-founded Fat Kid Wednesdays, a jazz trio exploring original music. He was a primary force behind the Clown Lounge, a recent haven for modern jazz musicians in the Twin Cities. He continues to perform with Anthony Cox, Poor Line Condition and Fat Kid Wednesdays.



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Don Berryman, Jazz Police

Rossum's most satisfying work to date
The man with the horn ... and the hair, Kelly Rossum, who went to Bangkok to teach free-jazz improvisation, is no stranger to innovation. And he brings his compositional and leadership talent to bear on his new release called Line. It is a concept album exploring free harmonies through melodic development. The entire album is a continuous line that can be dissected into parts or consumed as a whole.

This is Rossum's most satisfying work to date that showcases his compositional skills while still providing plenty of solo space for these remarkable versatile musicians. Although the mood varies from piece to piece, the CD is a cohesive whole, rather then a random collection of tunes.

John Book, Music For America

For those not afraid of inspiration, improvisation, and innovation
Another trumpeter who has been hard at work in the last few years is Kelly Rossum. Line (612 Sides) is his third album as a leader, and the album begins with the brief "Line I", clocking in at just under two minutes. The song is very energetic and just as you're getting into his playing, it feels as if someone had pulled out the plug. It then goes into "La Vita a Roma" (free MP3 download, 6.24mb), and the energetic mood makes a quick shift into something more serious. With a 5/4 tempo, Rossum plays a dialogue between saxophonists Woody Witt and Chris Thompson, and it sounds as if it could be a group of friends speaking outside of a cafe while lunch hour approaches and incoming traffic increases. They play in unison but for a brief moment drift into a bit of freedom where one doesn't know which sounds are coming and going from what direction, before reassembling as the crowds and traffic slowly calm down. In the right moments, one could also imagine sunrise and sunset through their playing.

The mood makes a shift from the traditional to something much more modern in "Sitting On The Dock Looking At Stars" (free MP3 download, mb), a horn section glazing slowly over some drum'n'bass-tempo rhythms, as if In A Silent Way was recorded in 1998 with Medeski, Martin & Wood. "Sand Dunes" sounds like it would have been embraced by Charles Mingus or Sonny Rollins with the way the sounds just creep on you throughout, and how it leads to a sense of wonderment. "Places Of The Mindful" is on the meditative side, which also allows Rossum to show off what he has learned during some of his worldly travels in recent years. There's no defined tempo with this one, but just as "Sitting On The Dock Looking At Stars" had the group working up at a frantic pace, "Places Of The Mindful" is much more peaceful, where you can hear each musician play and contribute to the aura of the song, and to take in the sounds of your own surroundings for just a moment. It's a nice surprise to an album that moves with such force, to be able to stop for a bit of calm with sounds featuring a Middle Eastern flair, which may very well be Rossum's intention.

There's an incredible amount of style and originality with this guy, not only holding to the traditions of jazz but also looking into more recent genres for inspiration, where one could easily hear him adapt to the sounds of Roni Size, Goldie, or St. Germaine. The musicianship on this release sounds right, as if they have been friends for years and this is what they were menat to do. Both Witt and Thompson have played with him many times over the years, but also makes this work is the almost-psychic awareness between brothers Chris Bates (Bass) and J.T. Bates (drums). There's a backbone to almost every jazz combo, but these guys have it locked down on a level most musicians can never reach, and Rossum knows this by pushing them to their limits while they do the same for him. (On a side note, both Bates brothers are also involved in countless projects, with Chris recently being signed to the Rhymesayers label for a unique hip-hop project).

For those who aren't afraid of inspiration, improvisation, and innovation in jazz, Line is something you will have to cross sooner or later in your life. Do it now.