Now available on Bandcamp
Coming soon from unseen rain records:
Chris Kelsey Quintet
The saxophonist leads his quintet in a set of his own gnarly original compositions ... a white-hot exercise in harmolodics. Kelsey calls it, "Maybe the best thing I've ever done, the clearest statement of what I'm about, musically, at this point in my life." With a band comprising pianist Lewis Porter, guitarist Jack DeSalvo, bassist Francois Grillot, and drummer Enrique Haneine. In addition to playing straight alto and tenor saxes, Kelsey records on baritone sax for the first time.
Coming June 21, 2018 from
The debut novel from writer, musician, and composer Chris Kelsey.
It’s a hotter-than-usual April night in 1965. The social revolutions rocking America have mostly bypassed Burr, a tiny rural community in Western Oklahoma. Like much of the state, Burr remains as it’s always been: Religious. Conservative. And 100% white. When an unknown young African-American woman is found murdered on the railroad tracks outside town, most of Burr would rather look the other way. The town’s police chief, troubled local hero and ex-Marine Emmett Hardy, doesn’t have that luxury. A lover of books and jazz in the land of football and country & western, Emmett is an outsider in a place he knows like the back of his hand. In his search for the killer, he’s forced to slice through layers of hate and hypocrisy to confront the ethical rot at the town’s core, while being haunted by the vision of a life that might have been.