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Intercontinental Drift

by New York Trumpet Company Artists

Music of Adrian Kelly. Modern jazz improv with an amazing rhythm section.
Genre: Jazz: Crossover Jazz
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1. Long Haul Flight
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2. Decay of Conviction
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3. Intercontinental Drift
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4. Curious Yellow
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5. Foray Into The Unknown
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6. Fanfare and Reflections
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7. Crawl,Slap,and Boogie
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8. Three Days in Saratoga
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The tracks on the CD "Intercontinental Drift",are the result of a collaboration between a rhythm section from Perth, Australia and the trumpet section comprising a selection of endorsing artists of the New York Trumpet Company.
The musicians:
Trumpets:
Adrian Kelly, Tony Gambaro,Nick Drozdoff,Russ Johnson, Felix Vayser,Garret Savluk,and a special guest David Elton on the track "Fanfare and Reflections."
Drums:
Ric Eastman
Keys:
Graham Wood
Bass:
Paul Pooley
Guitar:
Freddie Grigson
Strings: Bojeme
Trombone:
Jeremy Greig


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Jeff Krow,Audiophile Audition


The jazz worlds of Australia and that of the United States seldom merge. Having attended numerous jazz festivals, high school and college bands from Australia occasionally bring bands to showcase their young talent. It is a rarity, however, when American and Aussie section players mix.

That’s what makes this release intriguing. It blends the members of the New York Trumpet Company with top rhythm section players from Perth, Australia, to play music composed by Adrian Kelly. This CD was made possible by a grant from the Australian government, and the NYTC’s owner, Felix Vayser.

Compositions range from the avant/funk of Long Haul Flight to the more mainstream, Curious Yellow, which would please fans of Pat Metheny. Foray into the Unknown is rock driven. The strings of Boheme are featured in the chamber jazz of Delay of Conviction with the trumpets mixed nicely. Intercontinental Drift, the title track, would be at home in any jazz rock arena. It’s back to more intimate confines for Three Days in Saratoga, the main feature for the horns of the NYTC. Trombonist Jeremy Grieg is front and center on Fanfare & Reflections.

Fans of early jazz rock innovators Chicago Transit Authority, would enjoy being brought back to the approachable jazz of Intercontinental Drift.

-Jeff Krow

Jack Bowers,All About Jazz Magazine


Intercontinental Drift pairs five members of the New York Trumpet Company with an Australian rhythm section and other musicians from Down Under including trumpeter/composer Adrian Kelly, trumpeter David Elton and trombonist Jeremy Greig (the last two on one track each) and a three-member string section called Bojeme. According to the booklet, there appear to have been a number of recording sessions, in Chicago, Saratoga, NY, and Perth, spanning nearly two years in 2005-06, with the trumpets recorded here, the rhythm, strings and guests in Australia. It’s not clear whether Kelly, who wrote and arranged everything, was recorded in the States or in Oz.

Considering the logistical barriers, the finished product sounds pretty good, even though its sundered genesis isn’t hard to discern, as there are times when the music fairly shouts “overdub.” But that’s not necessarily a drawback, as dubbing and other electronic procedures are more or less customary these days. What counts most is the music, not so much how it was pieced together.

Kelly’s music leans rhythmically toward fusion, funk and rock, making fine use of the trumpets, individually and in unison, while supporting them with a strong and insistent backbeat. The lone exception is the colorful “Fanfare and Reflections,” on which seven trumpets have the stage to themselves. Trombonist Greig is featured with trumpeters Garret Savluk and Nick Drozdoff on “Crawl, Slap and Boogie,” while the strings are most prominent on the mellow “Three Days in Saratoga.”

If you’re partial to trumpets, these gentlemen won’t let you down. Keep in mind, however, that trumpets and rhythm are, for the most part, what you get. There are no reeds, a trombone on but one track, strings on a couple. And there's no piano, as Graham Wood plays only synthesizer. While nothing save the fanfare really turned me on, that’s my sentiment, not yours. Trumpet fans may wish to give it a spin and make up their own minds.

Adam Greenberg,All Music Magazine


A combination of the members of the New York Trumpet Company and a handful of Perth musicians, Intercontinental Drift is a surprising album. Where many modern jazz records add some funk elements, they come out sounding like they're trying to be funky. This one actually is funky. Deep bass grooves serve as a foundation underneath some strong trumpet lines and solos. Improvisation runs deep and transitions seamlessly from one performer to another. The more otherworldly pieces get a helping hand from a string trio. The album is at once avant garde, jazz-funk fusion, and straightforward modern jazz. The compositions are originals from Adrian Kelly, and mix sections of parallel horn lines with urban rhythm section notes and freeform explorations. The strongest pieces here are also the heaviest in guitar and bass -- it's part of what sets this album apart. Paul Pooley's outstanding electric bass in Long Haul Flight sets up the tone of the album, and Freddie Grigson's guitar work in Foray Into the Unknown verges onto John McLaughlin's old territory. Add to that the constant stream of trumpeters as heard in Crawl, Slap and Boogie, and you have a thick sound, full of energy but still exploring the intricacies of the compositions. More difficult to pin a category label on than much contemporary jazz, but an excellent release all around.

Elzbieta Refshal-Reventhal

A Perfect Introduction.
Every now and then something important happens in the world of trumpet playing. The release of the album "Intercontinental Drift" featuring the Artists of the New York Trumpet Company playing the music of Adrian Kelly is such an occasion. Track 1 has the title "Long Haul Flight" and gets right down to business with one of the best trumpet introductions we have ever heard. This is the sound of perfection. According to the score trumpet 4 is required to use a plunger and perform a solo sounding like improvised "talk." Unfortunately, that is all the score really has to say about it. There is no detailed information on how this part actually sounds (that would imply a much more elaborated notation), just words! Apart from track 1 having a strong sense of rhythm, half time feel (Rock) according to the score - rhythm being stressed throughout most of the album, it is above all the very fine trumpet work of world class standard that carries this album through - and especially so the trumpet parts played on track 1.

Sincerely,
Elzbieta & Franck Refshal-Reventhal.

Tony Domenico

Some very nice tracks on this CD, and the music is available
Review of Intercontinental Drift
Music of Adrian Kelly
Produced by New York Trumpet Company
Trumpet Artists included: Russ Johnson, Adrian Kelly, Nick Drozdoff, Tony Gamaro, Garret Savuck, Felix Vasyer, and David Elton

This CD features some of the NYTC artists in a variety of musical situations. Everything including rock, swing, blues, fusion and classical trumpet ensemble is included in the 8 tracks on the CD. Adrian Kelly has some nice musical ideas and the performances, for the most part, are well done. Throughout the CD the soloists are able to stretch out in various solo situations. I did feel on a few tracks some of the performance sacrificed range for musical ideas, but overall was very happy with what I heard. The rhythm section backing the group does a spectacular job holding down a good groove and setting the different moods for the musicians to flow over top. The quality of the recording and mix of the CD is good and helps to showcase the performers. The CD has a great deal of variety included; I would like to focus on a few tracks I especially liked.
One of my favorite tracks on the CD is track #1, “Long Haul Flight”. This tune begins with a lone trumpet solo in a bluesy style to then be joined by a heavier groove with a true fusion feel. The trumpet solo continues with a crystal clear tone quality and very tasty solo lines. The rhythm section lays down a great feel for the soloist to open up. All of the soloists personalities come through with the swinging lines of one counteracted by the upper range exclamations of the other. The tune builds as a conversation from piano to trumpet and then a trumpet section chorus lays down some nice lines over the groove. (A very thick sound for such few horns) I feel both trumpet guys and non-trumpet music lovers will like this track, a great way to introduce the CD.
I also enjoyed track #6 “Fanfare and Reflections”. This track was trumpet ensemble only and was done very tastefully. (I plan on ordering the sheet music for this one) Modern harmonies and tight playing by all involved in the ensemble. This track is a relaxing listen that showcases the talents of the composer. Intonation and blend is wonderful throughout the performance, all of the players seem to be working together to bring this music alive. Good articulations and a single musical direction create a musical portrait. People who think the NYTC horns are only for commercial players should hear this track.
Track # 7 “Crawl, Slap, and Boogie” also had some nice things going on musically. This tune has the addition of a trombone solo which again adds some variety for the listener. Some nice harmonic ideas move through the tune. I found myself listening for a bass line to latch on to; I would have liked to hear more movement. I think this track was a little long.
Track #8 “Three Days in Saratoga”, in my opinion, was a very nice ending to a very nice CD. A single solo line over the rhythm section throughout the tune with nice ideas being developed are present through. Again, the rhythm section lays down a wonderful foundation for the soloist to play an expressive solo. I did not care for the guitarist choice of tone color during the short solo; however the piece grew to a nice climax and then was relaxed by the trumpet solo through the end. Adrian’s ideas and crystal clear tone made him a great listen.
Overall “Intercontinental Drift” is a CD that should be on any trumpet players, or music lover’s shelf. I truly believe musicians should own as many musical recordings as possible, if not for regular listening enjoyment for a resource. Included on this recording are some talented musicians playing some nice pieces of music. Yes, some of the tracks I did not care for, but how many CD’s do you own where you love all of the tracks? Also, the sheet music for most of this CD is also available. What a great way to help make your practicing more enjoyable. I recommend purchasing this CD. Thanks and if you ever what to talk about the CD or the New York Trumpet Company drop me a line on www.trumpetmaster.com or www.trumpetherald.com. My call name is “miles71”. Have fun and keep playing.

Tony Domenico