Korean-American saxophonist, composer, and vocalist Grace Kelly celebrates the release of Working for the Dreamers, an impeccably produced smooth jazz EP that sails along with enough of a tailwind to avoid getting grounded in an elevator. Sade with a touch of mentor Lee Konitz, and boasting a stamp of approval from both Wynton Marsalis and Jack DeJohnette, Kelly’s diaphanous tone on alto and vocals maintains a lithe, effortless control with a lyrical approach that hints at harmonic complexity beneath the placid surface. Part of a young generation of nu-jazz that includes Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Kelly champions accessibility without sacrificing style.
Sun., Oct. 5, 7 & 9 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 1, 2014