Soul Ballet – Lavish
(Artizen – 2007)
Soul Ballet is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist/producer/composer Rick Kelly. A chilled out, funky blast of sonically brilliant, magnificently performed nujazz originals. Lavish is the title and lush is the keyword in describing this radio friendly contemporary classic.
Smooth Vegas” features some nice trumpet work by Rick Braun. The title track is a good offset between Kelly and saxman Richard Elliot. “Tuscan Chica” is a bit smoother with a more nu-age feel to it. “Every X You’re Near” fall into a more jazz-smooth type of thing.
When you hear the name ‘Soul Ballet’ there is a certain something that you expect… and Lavish delivers just that, without sounding old or reworked. Great groove.