Phil Kelly: My Museum


My Museum


Phil Kelly & The SW Santa Ana Winds


My Museum (Origin 82468)

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Greta Matassa (vocals), Darin Clendenin (piano), Clipper Anderson (bass), with woodwinds and strings conducted by Phil Kelly


Composed by Phil Kelly & Marissa Dodge


Recorded: Tacoma, WA, Alhambra, CA and Dallas, TX, May 2006


Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

Seattle-based arranger Phil Kelly changes pace from his customary straight-ahead big band jazz to support the Pacific Northwest's premier vocalist, Greta Matassa, in a staggeringly beautiful ballad. Excepting a Freudian slip ("empty halls" become "empty holes"), Greta shows why her name's an anagram for Great. And Kelly's consummate orchestration elevates what easily could've been schmaltz to sublimity. But the real star is lyricist (and, for the sake of full disclosure, contributor) Marissa Dodge. Gently guiding us past the romantic illusions that our hearts tirelessly project, she brings us with unswerving accuracy to that focal point of concentrated emotion where only the bravest love songs dare converge. A masterpiece.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


  • 1 Phil Kell // Dec 13, 2007 at 05:46 AM
    Thanks for the kid words Alan .. How did you like the rest of the CD? Phil Kelly NW Prevailing Winds SW Santa Ana Winds Origin Records
  • 2 Alan Kurtz // Jan 07, 2008 at 06:51 AM
    Big band fans should definitely check out Phil's recent CDs: Phil Kelly and The SW Santa Ana Winds, "My Museum" (Origin 82468) from 2006, and Phil Kelly and The NW Prevailing Winds, "Convergence Zone" (Origin 82417), which was nominated for a 2004 Grammy Award. This is contemporary big band jazz at its best, with great arrangements splendidly performed and beautifully recorded. More info on Phil's website, He's not much of a typist ("Thanks for the kid words Alan"?), but Phil Kelly is one helluva composer/arranger.