Chris Kelsey: Selected Discography

Not Cool Album CoverNot Cool ( … as in, “The Opposite of Paul Desmond”)(Tzazz Krytyk 1)

Recorded June 17, 2009, Brooklyn, NY.

Chris Kelsey – soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones

Chris DiMeglio – trumpet

Francois Grillot – bass

Jay Rosen – drums

Tracks:

  1. Femulate the State (8:22)
  2. Raw Sun (9:48)
  3. If Jazz is Dead (Can I Have Its Stuff?) (7:08)
  4. Sameness is Way Better Than Differentness! (12:37)
  5. The Past is a Frightening Prospect (9:53)
  6. The Sweet Trauma that is Free Jazz/Ghosts (10:06)

The Crookedest Straight Line, Vol. 2 (CIMP 368)

Recorded August 15, 2006, The Spirit Room, Rossie, NY.

Chris Kelsey – soprano saxophone

John Carlson – trumpet and flugelhorn

Francois Grillot – bass

Jay Rosen – drums

Tracks:

  1. Robin’s Egg Blues (8:41)
  2. Stunned (7:47)
  3. All Small Not At All (8:31)
  4. 61715 (10:22)
  5. Inside Pout (10:22)
  6. Charming (10:06)
  7. It’s Yer Birthday (8:11)

The Crookedest Straight Line, Vol. 1The Crookedest Straight Line, Vol. 1(CIMP 358)

Recorded August 14, 2006, The Spirit Room, Rossie, NY.

Chris Kelsey – soprano saxophone

John Carlson – trumpet and flugelhorn

Francois Grillot – bass

Jay Rosen – drums

Tracks:

  1. Post Modern Times (8:09)
  2. Poor Relations (10:53)
  3. Heterophonous (9:03)
  4. Fangle (9:09)
  5. Ask I Won’t Tell (10:58)
  6. Who’s What’s Where Now? (11:08)
  7. Spam Not Spam (9:06)

Wishing You Were HereWishing You Were Here (CIMP 329)

Recorded March 23 & 24, 2005, The Spirit Room, Rossie, NY.

Chris Kelsey – soprano saxophone

Francois Grillot – bass

Jay Rosen – drums

Tracks:

  1. Jam Session (11:15)
  2. Sea Cricket (9:26)
  3. Truculent (10:01)
  4. Misquotate (8:07)
  5. Spright (7:13)
  6. Unoriginally Titled (9:36)
  7. Pop, Grunt, Squeal (6:53)
  8. Postcard (9:08)

Beyond Is and Is NotBeyond Is and Is Not (Cadence Jazz 1183)

Recorded October 30 & 31, 2004, Pawling, NY.

Chris Kelsey – soprano saxophone

Tracks:

  1. Afro Blue (8:22)
  2. Footprints (6:51)
  3. I Let a Song Out of My Heart (4:17)
  4. Memoir (7:54)
  5. Fried Bananas/Blue Monk (8:05)
  6. Chronology/Stella By Starlight (6:18)

RenewalRenewal (CIMP 309)

Recorded April 7, 2004, The Spirit Room, Rossie, NY.

Chris Kelsey – soprano saxophone

Steve Swell – trombone (tracks 1, 3, 4, 5)

Francois Grillot – bass

Jay Rosen – drums

Tracks:

  1.  A Romp in the Dark (18:27)
  2. Charlie Parker’s Last Will and Testament (15:11)
  3. Reason Excluded (12:23)
  4. Enough/No Tell (13:21)
  5.  E and Me (7:23)

The Ingenious Gentleman of the Lower East SideThe Ingenious Gentleman of the Lower East Side (CIMP 139)

Recorded at The Spirit Room, Rossie, NY, March 5, 1997.

Chris Kelsey – soprano saxophone

Dominic Duval – bass

Edward Ware – drums

Tracks:

  1. The Saxophonist of the Sorrowful Countenance (7:29)
  2. Whereupon the Saxophonist Finds a New Pair of Squires (8:15)
  3. The Story of the Rocking Horse in Sansabelt Pants (9:56)
  4. The Revenge of the Herd (or the Flock, if You Prefer) (4:57)
  5. The Pitiful Tale of a Battle to the Death that Ended in a Draw (5:24)
  6. The Adventure in Which Our Hero Banged His Head Against the Wall Repeatedly (4:55)
  7. Sophia Loren Lives on East Third Street (8:01)
  8. Twelve-Tone Song for My Father (12:43)

Quick WitsQuick Wits [w/ Lou Grassi Saxtet] (CIMP 123)

Recorded at the Spirit Room, Rossie, NY, August 2 & 3, 1996.

Chris Kelsey – soprano saxophone

Phillip Johnston – alto saxophone

Joe Ruddick – baritone saxophone

Dave Hofstra – bass

Lou Grassi – drums

Tracks:

  1. Freezing Lightning (9:21)
  2. Thumb Under (6:05)
  3. There’s No Business Like Jazz Business (11:42)
  4. Unpredictable You (11:25)
  5. Nonchalant (10:43)
  6. The Supply/The Demand (8:52)
  7. I Got Rid of Them (10:43)
  8. Freezing Lightning [take one] (3:44)

ObservationsObservations (CIMP 108)

Recorded  at The Spirit Room, Rossie, NY, Feb. 16 & 17, 1996.

Chris Kelsey – soprano saxophone

Steve Swell – trombone

Tracks:

  1. The History of Jazz is Replete with Anomalies (8:59)
  2. Charlie Parker Did Not Wish To Be Worshipped Like a God (12:22)
  3. The Last Note Has Yet To Be Spoken (6:51)
  4. Sedition Builds Tradition (9:15)
  5. Bill Clinton Digs Stan Getz (8:26)
  6. The Best Things In Jazz Are Free (9:03)
  7. Cage was Occasionally Wrong (7:31)
  8. An Afterthought (3:34)

stompStomp Own It (Saxofonis 9301)

Recorded at The Place in New York, NY, October, 1992.

Chris Kelsey – soprano saxophone

Dom Richards – bass

Edward Ware – drums

Tracks:

  1. The Really Amazing and Holy Tradition (7:02)
  2. Stomp Own It (5:17)
  3. Too Good to be Food (9:00)
  4. Bargain Head (6:12)
  5. Saxofonis, Saxofonis, Saxofonis (9:50)
  6. Olde MacDonalde (9:03)
  7. Lisa’s Name Is … (9:12)

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