Thursday, February 11, 2021

SPONTANEOUS GROOVIN' COMBUSTION · SPONTANEOUS GROOVIN' COMBUSTION

Warren A. Keller
Feb. 5, 2021

The child of an elite pianist and teacher, and a world-class operatic baritone, Warren began playing and singing early. His father Howard Keller, blessed with an amazingly rich voice, studied with Carlton Gauld. His dear mother Roslyn, apprenticed with several luminaries: Anatole Kitain, Constance Keene, and her husband Abram Chasins. As a teacher, 'Roz' was responsible for forming the early careers of Joel Levine and Sting’s occasional accompanist, Ken Helman.

Warren Keller has sung, played woodwinds (tenor and alto saxophone, and flute), and written music in New York City and Nashville music scenes. Warren was fortunate enough to have studied with the late, great Kenny Davern, who began his career with Jack Teagarden, and was a multiple winner of the Downbeat Poll for soparano sax and clarinet. Three other master teachers were Gerry Orrico, gorgeous alto sax and alto flute player for the Tex Benecke Orchestra and The Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas, and vocal coach Marty Lawrence who taught everyone from Vicki Carr to David Coverdale, and guitar with Gary Talley of The Box Tops. To have benefited from their level of musicianship humbles him.




After publishing four singles as Spontaneous Groovin 'Combustion, Warren is releasing their first, self-titled album, featuring fresh songs with the diverse funk-jazz sounds that were demonstrated on the previous singles (also included in this album), completing what we would anticipate as one of the best albums of the year.

Originally written by Ryan Adams, “When The Stars Go Blue" is the new single from SGC. It was the hit version by TIm McGraw, however, that inspired Spontaneous Groovin' Combustion to put their own contemporary jazz instrumental spin on it.

Those of us who have followed the release of his first four singles can assure you that, without a doubt, this is a master-class release.


Musicians

Warren A. Keller; Tenor & Alto Saxophone, C Flute, Midi Keyboard
Bass Guitar: Alex Al, Vernon Barbary, ‘Ready’ Freddy Washington
Drums: Franklin ‘Third’ Richardson, Michael White, Brian Fullen
Guitar: Bobby Lame, Luigi Pistillo, Dwight Sills, Brent Mason, Bob Lanzetti, Gonzalo Bergara, Michael Thompson, Greg Moore, Jeff Young
Horns: The Session Horns
Keyboards: Jeff Lorber, John Jarvis, Mike Rojas, Miles Black


Tracklist

1 Double Deuces
2 Soul Stirrer
3 Kickin' It (Remastered)
4 Guarujá
5 Jackie's New Car
6 Road to Redemption
7 Maybe Next Time
8 Spy vs Spy
9 Tribeca
10 The Wind Whispers
11 When The Stars Go Blue

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