Wed Feb. 1, 2017

Kelvyn Bell 'St. Louis Blu' (USA)

Kelvyn Bell: guitar, laptop

St. Louis Blu album for sale by Kelvyn Bell was released Nov 16, 2015 on the Audio & Video Labs, Inc. label. Guitarist/composer Kelvyn Bell, leader of the avant-funk band Kelvynator follows up the group's 2013 release Funk 4 WhaCha Know with the debut of his solo outing, St. St. Louis Blu buy CD music Louis Blu. St. Louis Blu songs A tribute to his Missouri hometown roots, Bell uses a heavy dose of church, blues, jazz and avant-garde as he declares, "I wanted to create a statement that reflects the grit, wit and cultural heritage of the town and times I grew up in." St. Louis Blu album for sale
St. St. Louis Blu CD music Louis is well known for producing innovative contributors to the music world that include Clark Terry, Miles Davis, Grant Green, Chuck Berry, Hamiet Bluiett, Oliver Lake, Lester & Joseph Bowie, Greg Osby and Nelly to name a few. St. Louis Blu buy CD music Kelvyn grew up in the same cultural environment and describes it's identity as such, "It's raw intuition. St. Louis Blu songs That's how you learn to play the blues in St. Louis. Some folks think the blues is sad but it's actually a healing force for the community just like church."

St. Louis Blu is performed entirely on steel string acoustic guitar covering a variety of music genres, standards and originals. Bellstates, "I didn't want no electronic effects, just pure acoustic guitar tones and rhythms that reveal the spirit of my ancestors so I could thank them for their gifts."

The first track is an original healing blues titled East St. Louis Riots 1917 followed by Thelonious Monk's Light Blue and DukeEllington's The Feeling of Jazz. Bell invents some drum loops and adds himself on bass for Arthur Blythe's The Lower Nile. Other originals include Northside St. Louis and Free Funk For Ferguson recognizing the struggle and challenges of growing up in a city on the border of the Mason/ Dixon line in the 1970s.