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The Arrival
The Arrival
The arrival

Joyspring

Kelvin Christiane Baritone saxophone and flutes
Nigel Price Guitar  Larry Bartley double bass (except *)
Noel Joyce drums & perc on tracks 3/4/5/8/9
On * track 4 Ross Stanley piano David McLeod bass


  1. Joyspring         7.50mins   C. Brown
  2. Bernies Tune   6.06mins  B.Miller
  3. The Arrival     6.24mins     K.Christiane
  4. Alone together   5.15mins Dietz/ Schwartz  *
  5. Loverman 8.13mins   Davis/ Ramirez/ Sherman
  6. Frequency  5.06mins   K. Christiane
  7. I didn’t know what time it was 7.04mins Rodgers / Hart
  8. Once I loved 6.45mins  A.C.Jobim
  9. Favela 4.57mins A.C.Jobim

Total time 58.04 mins
Recorded at Jazzshak studio Twickenham on 29/5/2013
Engineered and mixed by David McLeod
Cover design and artwork by Alban Low
www.kcmusic.co.uk   www.kelvinchristiane.com
copyright MCPS /  PRS 2013 

London Jazz News CD Review

Kelvin Christiane and Friends - The Arrival
Accomplished reed man Kelvin Christiane has played with everyone from Don Weller to Bernard 'Pretty' Purdie. Lately he has been helping keep jazz alive in south-west London, notably with his regular gigs at the Twickenham Jazz Club and the Home Guard Club in East Sheen, as well as releasing a steady stream of CDs. The latest of these is The Arrival which features Kelvin on baritone sax — in tribute to Gerry Mulligan — as well as flutes, with a nod to Roland Kirk, skilfully supported by Nigel Price on guitar, Larry Bartley on double bass and Noel Joyce on percussion and drums, with Ross Stanley on piano on one track and David McLeod substituting for Larry Bartley on bass on that same track — Alone Together.

The Arrival is high calibre jazz. The CD is immaculately recorded, with great presence, and offers the listener an immediately engaging listening experience. The opening cut Joy Spring is insouciant, incisive and instantly lovely. Kelvin Christiane's sweet, short boppish phrases on the baritone are intertwined with Nigel Price's bright, agile guitar, underpinned with the buttery lushness of Larry Bartley's bass. Kelvin sits out as Price solos with bittersweet precision, conjuring a whole big band's worth of sound from his guitar. Then Price and Bartley swap roles, with the guitar providing rhythmic support and silvery frills while the bass solos, chunky, capacious and resonant. Finally Kelvin sweeps back in and his beacon-bright sax carries us out.

On the title track, The Arrival, an original composition by the leader, Kelvin Christiane supplements his baritone sax with the flute, and a very notable flute it is, too — breathy and hypnotic. Multi tracked, with interjections from the baritone, it provides a mesmeric hall-of-mirrors intro before giving way to a relaxed single flute as the tune evolves into a bossa nova delight complete with intoxicating, ticking percussion from Noel Joyce, almost subliminal bass and adroitly minimal guitar. Nigel Price's guitar then fleshes out into a soulful, beautifully rounded solo. The flute is the perfect vehicle for this piece. Accompanied by the restless rustling and strumming of the bass it conjures up lush forests and Brazilian beaches. The musicians have all caught the bossa mood beautifully, with Price conjuring memories of Luis Bonfá. You can see why they named the album after this piece. It's a hard act to follow. But Alone Together manages to do so. It is taken at a sweeping, swinging pace, Kelvin Christiane's flute effortlessly keeping up and shifting gears with the changing time of the tune. Ross Stanley's piano flows and cascades into a nicely judged solo, his lightning playing managing to pack extra notes and figures into and around the racing tune without ever sounding rushed. Noel Joyce's abundant and pungent drumming provides an instructive contrast with the delicate discretion of his percussion on the title track. Alone Together concludes with a gorgeously piercing flute trill, recorded with the subtle ghost of an echo. As well as expertly playing bass on this track, David McLeod is also the recording engineer for these sessions and he is to be congratulated for the exquisite job he's done.

Lover Man sees Kelvin back on baritone— lush, velvety and resonant as he lays out the melody of this great standard. It is as wistful and lushly melancholy an interpretation as anyone could ever ask, with the baritone sax chiding, exhorting and declaiming as Kelvin Christiane conjures a boozy, bluesy late night mood before Nigel Price's elaborate, vibrating spider web of guitar weaves an alluring pattern. The impressive neo-bossa of the title track showed a love and appreciation of Antonio Carlos Jobim's music, so it's no surprise to find two Jobim tunes included here, Once I Loved and Favela. They are amongst the highlights of the set, with some particularly fine use of percussive shakers by Noel Joyce. But then almost every track here is a highlight. This is a combo loving what they do, and their pleasure communicates itself loud and clear to the listener. It's hard to imagine anyone not having their spirits lifted by the pacy precision and emotional depth of such well wrought music. KC Music KC023. CD review by Andrew Cartmel

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Wigger
Wigger

Kelvin Christiane - saxophones & flute
Ross Stanley - piano
David Mcleod - bass & keys
Noel Joyce - drums and percussion


  1. The Lookers (Christiane)
  2. Nightfall (Christiane)
  3. Song of the wind (Christiane)
  4. Lazy Day (Christiane)
  5. Unification (Christiane)
  6. Replication (Christiane)
  7. Blue Beam (Christiane)
  8. Live the journey (Christiane)
  9. Sun Spot (Christiane)

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Pleiadian Tales
Pleiadian Tales

Kelvin Christiane - tenor / soprano saxophones & flute
Ross Stanley - organ
Nigel Price (tracks 3,11) Nicolas Meier (tracks 4,6 &10) David Mcleod (track 8) - guitar
Noel Joyce - drums and percussion


  1. The more I see you you (Warren/Gordon)
  2. Eternal Triangle (Stitt)
  3. Wave (Jobim)
  4. Nibiru (Christiane)
  5. Darn that dream (Van Heusen)
  6. Sanctuary (Christiane)
  7. All or nothing at all (Lawrence/Altman)
  8. Dark Passage (Christiane)
  9. Just one of theose things (Porter)
  10. Pleiadian Tale (Christiane)
  11. Green Onions (Booker T)

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Parisian Summer
Parisian Summer

Kelvin Christiane - tenor / soprano saxophones & flute
Ross Stanley - piano
Simon Thorpe - double bass
Noel Joyce - drums


  1. I'm glad there is you (Dorsey/Madeira)
  2. Stardust (Carmichael/Parish)
  3. Parisian Summer (Christiane)
  4. The end of a love affair (Redding)
  5. Clear Blue Sky (Christiane)
  6. Unit 5 (Christiane)
  7. Prelude to a kiss (Ellington)
  8. Spring Lullaby (Christiane)

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Piper At The Pearly Gates
Piper At The Pearly Gates
Consternation

Kelvin Christiane - tenor / soprano saxophones & flute
Mark Nightingale - trombone
Alex Hutton - piano
Rob Rickenberg - double bass
Mat Home - drums


  1. Starglow (Christiane)
  2. Consternation (Christiane)
  3. Returning Home (Christiane)
  4. Night Journey (Christiane)
  5. Inner Prayer (Christiane)
  6. Unit 5 (Christiane)
  7. Thoughtful (Christiane)
  8. Night Blue (Christiane)
  9. Cry of the soul (Christiane)

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Best of Unit 5
Best of Unit 5
Lunar Tides

Kelvin Christiane - tenor & flute
Mark Nightingale - trombone
Nigel Fox - piano
Malcolm Creese - double bass
John Piper - drums


  1. Far and Beyond (Christiane)
  2. Lunar Tides (Christiane)
  3. Crystal Moment (Christiane)
  4. Who Can I Turn To (Bricusse / Newley)
  5. Dream Sequence (Christiane)
  6. The Piper (Christiane)
  7. For Marjorie (Christiane)
  8. Blueday (Christiane)
  9. Charlotte's Song (Christiane)

Recorded by Nick Taylor at Porcupine studio 17th January and 28th February 1990. Remastered by Phil Scragg.

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Timeless
Timeless
Blue Day

Kelvin Christiane - tenor saxophone and flute
Alex Hutton - piano
Tom Farmer - double bass
Simon Lea - drums


  1. Cheesecake (D. Gordon)
  2. In your own sweet way (D.Brubeck)
  3. Windows (C. Corea)
  4. Invitation (Kaper/Washington)
  5. Thoughtful (Christiane)
  6. Blueday (Christiane)
  7. Up Jumped Spring (F. Hubbard)
  8. Chi-Chi (C. Parker)

Recorded live at the 606 club Chelsea London on the 1st June 2005

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...now
...now
It's never too late to be happy

Kelvin Christiane - tenor saxophone and flute
Alex Hutton - piano
Dominic Howles - double bass
Simon Lea - drums


  1. Eternal Fire (Christiane)
  2. It's Never Too Late To Be Happy ...NOW (Christiane)
  3. War is Peace (Christiane)
  4. How Insensitive (Jobim)
  5. Ruby, My Dear (Monk)
  6. Magic (Christiane)

Recorded live at the 606 club in Chelsea London on the 18th February 2004. Recorded by Dill Katz and mastered by Phil Scragg

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Allusions of Grandeur
Allusions of Grandeur
Allusions

Kelvin Christiane - tenor saxophone and flute
Roland Perrin - grand piano
Dominic Howles - double bass
Winston Clifford - drums


  1. Monsoon (Christiane)
  2. Allusions (Christiane)
  3. Once I Loved (Jobim)
  4. Earthplane Warrior (Christiane)
  5. The Edge of Lightness (Christiane)
  6. Like someone in Love (Van Heusen/Burke)

Recorded live at the 606 club in Chelsea London on the 21st May 2003 and featuring the Kelvin Christiane Quartet

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Universal Peace Suite
Universal Peace Suite

Kelvin Christiane - saxes flute, clarinet
Roland Perrin - piano
Dominic Howles - bass
Winston Clifford - drums


  1. Echoes of another era "Vision"
  2. Lifetime to Surrender "Truth"
  3. Always find a way "Committment"
  4. Golden Tears "Compassion"
  5. Deepest Desire "Longing"
  6. I fall in love too easily (Cahn/Styne) - bonus track
  7. Nostalgia in Times Square (Mingus) - bonus track

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Red Dawn
Red Dawn
Red Dawn

Kelvin Christiane Quartet


  1. Red Dawn (Christiane)
  2. Our Delight (T Dameron)
  3. Corcovado (AC Jobim)
  4. Two for the festival (Kirk /Christiane)
  5. We'll be together again (C. Fischer)
  6. Thunder Beings (christiane)
  7. Blues for A & T (Kirk / Christiane)

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Awakening
Awakening
Faith


  1. Awakening
  2. Desert Flower
  3. Sam's Boogie
  4. Joy Of The Spheres
  5. Inner Prayer
  6. Starglow
  7. Lunar Tides
  8. Side Step
  9. Faith
  10. Dream Sequence
  11. Mango Jango

"New to me, this is an excellent band of young British hard boppers who play with flair and enthusiasm. The leader's playing (he is heard mostly on tenor) is inventive and committed. As he is also composer and arranger of all titles this is clearly a young man to look out for and hear whenever the opportunity arises. There is also a great deal of drive and swing from the rhythm section. I particularly liked the opening track, Sam's Boogie, the hint of menace in the introduction to Joy Of The Spheres, and the elegantly introspective Faith. I would like to be able to tell you something about these musicians but the sleeve note simply lists titles, personnel and a handful of credits and acknowledgements. As the album is self-produced they seem to have missed a good opportunity for some valuable publicity. Anyway, it's the music that counts and, here, it counts for rather a lot. I look forward to more where this came from. Very good sound."

Bruce Crowther, Jazz Journal International October 1992

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Heaven is now
Heaven is now


  1. Song for Lottie
  2. Pour Francoise
  3. Venus Dance
  4. I have a dream
  5. Great Mystery
  6. Heavenly Miles
  7. Being ...there
  8. Dream on ...
  9. In the name of God

As the 21st century dawned, the consciousness of Earths inhabitants moved towards a common goal. Realising their own inner power, a positive future was forseen establishing a new world vision; 'heaven is now'.

Enlightened- uplifting music channelled through the dimensions from a group of enlightened beings from the 'Pleiades'. This music was compiled from over four hundred hours of channelling by Kelvin Christiane and Philip Scragg over a period of two and a half years. The inner message throughout this music is to helping us to reach a new stage of evolution. Through working together in teams and becoming media and TV free........we will learn how to move beyond fear....

Production Phil 'Pip' Scragg

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Live at the 6 ...
Live at the 6 ...


  1. Violet Rain (Christiane)
  2. Blue Road (Kirk)
  3. Letting Go.. (Christiane)
  4. 500 miles high (corea)

Recorded live at the 606 Club London by
Dill Katz on 10th October 2001

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Salute the Sun
Salute the Sun
River of Forgertfulness

Journey


  1. Salute The Sun
  2. Going Within
  3. River Of Forgetfulness
  4. Above The Clouds
  5. Journey
  6. Lament
  7. Lotus Flower
  8. Firefly
  9. My One And Only Love

The work of had evaded me, but on this evidence hi is an impressive writer, showing a thorough and creative command of contemporary idiom. His compositions are variously reminiscent of M-Base players like Greg Osby and Gary Thomas (Salute The Sun), latter-day Wayne Shorter (River) and the straightahead post - Coltrane tradition (swing on Journey, Latin on Firefly), and he shows a virtually unfailing instance for musical development. He has assembled a very proficient crew to deliver music which often demands great precision, and he has, in Angilley, a very good soloist. The leader is a capable improviser too, perhaps at his best on River. As if to remind us that he is a fully rounded musical personality, he closes the set with a mildly incongruous conventional reading of "My One And Only". Altogether an impressive showing for a not overexposed talent.

Mark Gilbert - Jazz Journal International September 1998

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Tribute to Roland Kirk
Tribute to Roland Kirk
Moonray


  1. Moonray
  2. Serenade to a Cuckoo
  3. I Got Rahsaan
  4. My Ship
  5. Serenity

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Great Spirit
Great Spirit
Above the clouds


  1. River of Forgetfulness
  2. Green
  3. Above the Clouds
  4. Winding Path
  5. Reflection
  6. Volcano
  7. Flowers for the Children
  8. Speak Low
  9. Great Spirit
  10. Breath

From the moment you hear the punchy, Art Blakeyish ensemble exclamations of the opener by this classy British band you know you're in safe hands. It's appropriate that the young saxophonist and leader Kelvin Christiane should have made the second CD of his career for Danny Thompson's much-acclaimed new Jazz Label, devoted as it is to the independent spirits of British jazz - because Christiane is certainly one of them. A saxophonist and flautist who also studied composition at Leeds College of Music - a broad education reflected in the fact that all the tracks here are his own work - Christiane is one of the most promising of the players on the British circuit who take their inspiration from bop, Latin jazz and the great African - American soloists of the Fifties and Sixties.

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Soho
Soho


  1. River of Forgetfulness
  2. Green
  3. Above the Clouds
  4. Winding Path
  5. Reflection
  6. Volcano
  7. Flowers for the Children
  8. Speak Low
  9. Great Spirit
  10. Breath

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