iMix – Smooth Jazz Piano Favorites
Smooth Jazz Piano iMix
Here's an iMix of Smooth Jazz Piano favorites, including some of my own tracks from Pools Of Light and Afterplay. If you like it, please rate it 5-stars. Enjoy!
CD review of Afterplay by Brian Kelly from WFSS
"I have found a jewel with Brian Kelly's Afterplay. This is a brilliant piece of musical arrangements with Brian on the keys and great compliment of artists sharing sheer genius! Afterplay is a wonderful blend of contemporary jazz with a taste of New Age. The music does it for me: smooth, melodic, entrancing and relaxing. Particularly titles: River Rush, Smiling South, Heaven On Earth and, of course, the title track. You can listen to Afterplay time after time. Brian takes you anywhere your music sensitivities want to go!"
- Dionne Maldonado,
WFSS 91.9 FM, Fayetteville, NC
Afterplay debuts at #31 on Smooth Indie Star Chart
Afterplay, the latest CD by pianist & composer Brian Kelly, debuted at #31 on the Smooth Indie Star Chart on March 23, 2009 and is among the "most added" (in company with Boney James, The Rippingtons, Joe Sample…). For more information about radio chart activity for Brian Kelly, visit www.briankelly.com
CD review of Afterplay by Brian Kelly – Creations Magazine
Brian Kelly - Afterplay CD
"Afterplay is an exciting contemporary jazz album which engages the listener from the very first note. I was blown away by the immediacy, the insistence of the opening cut ìRiver Rush;î a driving, smooth and satisfying offering which I only wished lasted three times longer! … As the album played to the end, textures varied and moods shifted, but the quality never faltered from the high bar set in its first cut. Congratulations to Brian Kelly!""
- Creations Magazine
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SmoothJazz.com CD review of Brian Kelly Afterplay album
Brian Kelly - Afterplay CD
"Brian Kelly follows his brilliant debut release POOLS OF LIGHT with yet another outstanding, compelling collection of originals… The musical integrity and lyrical sensitivity that Mr. Kelly brings to the table for his projects is clearly evident on this release. At a time when commercial Smooth Jazz too often heads in the direction of clichÈ, Brian Kellyís AFTERPLAY is a refreshing example of how we can keep this music genre exciting and vibrant!"
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Brian Kelly Afterplay CD debuts at #3 on NAR Radio Chart
My new album, Afterplay, ranked #3 on the NAR (New Age Reporter) Radio Chart in November 2008. Thanks to all the radio people for their support!
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CD Reviews of Brian Kelly / Afterplay album
|"There is a sense of raw and unadulterated joy in the playing that escapes many artists. You'll definitely want to keep your ears on this gent. He'll be at the top of the charts before you know it … Grand energy and style that gets a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from me – very impressive!
"the swing and complexity of melodic jazz and the studio precision of Steely Dan… make a confident statement.
"- East Bay Express
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Airplay map for Brian Kelly Afterplay CD
Afterplay, is being promoted to radio stations worldwide November thru December 2008. On my website I've posted an interactive Google Map which shows the radio stations that are currently (or will soon be) playing the CD. If you live in the listening area of one of the stations, please call the station noted and request my music. Follow the link to a sation's website and check their program schedule. My music is played on programs featuring new age, smooth jazz, contemporary jazz, instrumental or world music.
CD review of Brian Kelly Afterplay album by mainlypiano.com
||CD Review: Afterplay / Brian Kelly
Reviewed by Kathy Parsons
Date: Nov. 2, 2008
“Afterplay” is pianist/composer Brian Kelly’s follow-up to his exceptional 2004 debut, “Pools of Light.” Bright and upbeat, “Afterplay” provides a bit of sonic optimism in these days of uncertainty and change. Don’t get me wrong – this is far from ear candy or sugary fluff. More jazz than new age, Kelly has created a collection of eleven rhythmically and melodically complex pieces that are easily accessible for casual listening yet provide a substantial and sensual auditory experience for many repeated plays. Brian Kelly appears on piano, keyboards, percussion, penny whistle, and voice, and is joined by Eric Crystal on sax, David Rokeach on drums, Ross Wilson on brass, Carol Alban and Viviana Guzman on flute, James Robinson on guitar, and Tim Bolling on additional percussion. “Afterplay” begins with “River Rush,” a piece that is both energetic and leisurely. Piano and percussion give the silky sax a slight edge, providing an enticing opening to the musical pleasures that follow. “Smiling South” is one of my favorites. Beginning with an infectious rhythm and a playful piano intro, this piece dances and swirls with a joyful energy. Ross Wilson adds additional color and pizzaz with trumpet and trombone – love it! “New Vision” slows down the pace a bit, but maintains an upbeat, easy-going mood. “Snowflakes” Rising” is a gentle, sparkling musical confection – another favorite. I also really like “Flavor Seven,” again playful and full of fun with just a touch of mystery. The title track brings back the sax along with piano and some catchy rhythms – smooth jazz with a gentle bite. “Heaven On Earth” is a gorgeous trio for piano and two flutes. As the title implies, it conveys a blissful, floating feeling that is pure musical peace. “Stone Shine” features Kelly on a variety of keyboards along with guitar and percussion. Rhythmic and a little on the dark side, its playful energy is infectious. “Sunchaser” closes the CD as it began, easy and joyful with a toe-tapping rhythm and a warm sense of contentment. Brian Kelly has outdone himself with his second release. If you haven’t yet heard “Pools of Light,” be sure to pick up a copy of that one, too – the two CDs complement each other exceptionally well.
“Afterplay” is a real treat for the ears and is good for the soul as well. It’s available from www.briankelly.com, amazon.com, cdbaby.com, and iTunes. Very highly recommended!
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New Brian Kelly CD: Afterplay – available now
||My new CD, Afterplay, is available now and ready to ship! Order from my website: www.briankelly.com
I've turned up the heat on this album. It's more energetic than my first, while still offering space for beauty and quiet eloquence – it's a full meal! I remain committed to strong melodies, fluid chops, and richly textured arrangements, and am joined by some fantastic musicians who really bring the music alive: Eric Crystal on sax, David Rokeach on drums, Viviana Guzman and Carol Alban on flutes, James Robinson on acoustic guitar, Ross Wilson on trumpet & trombone, and Tim Bolling on percussion. The CD is also available from: CdBaby & Amazon
New CD from composer and pianist Brian Kelly to be released in October
Afterplay, the new CD by composer & pianist Brian Kelly, will be released October 15, 2008. A contemporary blend of Smooth Jazz and New Age styles, the album features the world-class talents of Eric Crystal on sax, David Rokeach on drums, James Robinson on guitar, Viviana Guzman on flute and other fine musicians. Both the physical CD and the mp3 album download will be available on www.briankelly.com
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1. River Rush
2. Smiling South
3. New Vision
4. Snowflakes Rising
5. Flavor Seven
7. Heaven On Earth
8. Celtic Fire
9. Stone Shine
10. Reach For The Stars
CD Review: Brian Kelly – Pools Of Light
CD Review of Pools of Light – SmoothJazz.com
Here's an excerpt from the review:
"…POOLS OF LIGHT is a lush, sparkling journey into a beautiful world of elegant melodies and brilliant artistry. The music rises and falls in powerful, yet gentle, waves of emotion… a totally captivating collection of original compositions that range from delicate, heartfelt solo piano ("Home At Last" and "Speak Your Heart") to ensemble performances that are full of dynamic tonal color and intricacies. My favorites include the breezy "Open Sky," the engaging, jazzy "Cool Blue," and the equally jazzy and tasty "When the Stars Align." … he translates complex emotions into engaging musical experiences that both captivate and inspire. I highly recommend Brian Kelly's POOLS OF LIGHT as a collection of music that I am confident will find a permanent place in the "most-played" section of your music library!" Read the entire review.
is an award-winning composer, pianist, and recording artist who has released acclaimed contemporary instrumental piano albums and published solo piano songbooks of his music. Brian resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.