Roger Kellaway Trio

Remembering Bobby Darin

IPO Records IPOC 1008

"Remember," "Up a Lazy River," "I've Found a New Baby," "Meditation," "More," "Splish Splash," "Oh, Look at Me Now," "Once upon a Time," "I'm Beginning to See the Light," "Beyond the Sea," "Mack the Knife" (63.29)

Roger Kellaway (p), Bruce Forman (g), Dan Lutz (b)

Roger has recently released two CDs inspired by his association with the late Bobby Darin, and this third disc also harks back partly to his playing with Bobby.

Aside from his association with Bobby Darin, Roger has been a tower of strength for over forty years on the West Coast playing with many of the stars in and around Hollywood-the likes of Shelly Manne, Zoot Sims, and Bob Cooper. He has contributed to a wide range of music, sometimes beyond the range of Jazz, such is the scope of his abilities. He has contributed to both film and classical areas of music, and his own cello quartet group is a much praised effort.

On this current CD Roger plays superb piano with the inspired participation of newcomer Dan Lutz on bass and guitarist Bruce Forman, who first came to prominence with the quintet of altoist Richie Cole back in the 1980s.

This is beautifully understated trio Jazz in the manner of the original Oscar Peterson/Nat Cole piano/bass/guitar trios.

No headaches, just delightful music.

By Al Merritt