Chris Kelsey

Writer, Musician, Educator

DiscographY

 

1991

STUTCHES (UNSEEN RAIN UR 9996)

Chris Kelsey Trio

Chris Kelsey (soprano saxophone), Jack DeSalvo (guitars, banjo, mandolin), Tom Tedesco (drums, tabla, percussion)

Recorded at Tedesco Studios, Paramus, NJ, by Jon Rosenberg.

 

1. Jellysnake (DeSalvo, Kelsey, Tedesco)

2. Walking Trees (DeSalvo, Kelsey, Tedesco)

3. Red Feet (DeSalvo, Kelsey, Tedesco)

4. A Name Will Come (DeSalvo, Kelsey, Tedesco)

5. Stutches (DeSalvo, Kelsey, Tedesco)

6. Cantolin (DeSalvo, Kelsey, Tedesco)

7. Breatheover (DeSalvo, Kelsey, Tedesco)

8. Slaughterville FD Pt. 1 (DeSalvo, Kelsey, Tedesco)

9. Slaughterville FD Pt. 2 (DeSalvo, Kelsey, Tedesco)

 

Sudden Moves (Unseen rain ur 9989)

Jack DeSalvo

Chris Kelsey (soprano saxophone), Jack DeSalvo (guitar), Peter Herbert (bass), Bruce Ditmas (drums)

Recorded at Tedesco Studios, Paramus, NJ by David Baker and Tom Tedesco.

 

1. Sudden Moves (DeSalvo)

2. Premonition 1 (DeSalvo)

3. Fields of Sky (DeSalvo)

4. All Hallows (DeSalvo)

5. Flickering (DeSalvo)

6. Californyou (DeSalvo)

7. Two or Three Suns (DeSalvo)

8. Nebbia (DeSalvo)

9. Gentle Heart  (DeSalvo)

10. Sudden Moves (DeSalvo)

 

 

 

1992

Stomp Own It (Saxofonis 9301)

Chris Kelsey Almost Jazz Trio

Chris Kelsey (soprano sax), Dom Richards (electric bass), Edward Ware (drums)

Recorded October 1992 at The Place, New York, NY. Engineered by Evan Richey.

 

  1. The Really Amazing and Holy Tradition (Kelsey)

  2. Stomp Own It (Kelsey)

  3. Too Good to be Food (Kelsey)

  4. Bargain Head (Kelsey)

  5. Saxofonis, Saxofonis, Saxofonis (Kelsey

  6. Olde MacDonalde (Kelsey)

  7. Lisa’s Name Is …

 

 

1996

Observations (CIMP 108)

Chris Kelsey and Steve Swell

Chris Kelsey (soprano saxophone), Steve Swell (trombone)

Recorded February 16 & 17 1996 at The Spirit Room, Rossie, NY. Engineered by Marc Rusch.

 

  1. The History of Jazz is Replete With Anomalies (Kelsey)

  2. Charlie Parker Did Not Want to be Worshipped Like a God (Kelsey)

  3. The Last Note Has Yet To Be Spoken (Kelsey)

  4. Sedition Builds Tradition (Kelsey)

  5. Bill Clinton Digs Stan Getz (Kelsey)

  6. The Best Things in Jazz are Free (Kelsey)

  7. Cage Was Occasionally Wrong (Kelsey)

  8. An Afterthought (Kelsey/Swell)

 

 

Quick Wits (CIMP 123)

w/Lou Grassi Saxtet

Chris Kelsey (soprano saxophone), Phillip Johnston (alto saxophone), Joe Ruddick (baritone saxophone), Dave Hofstra (bass), Lou Grassi (drums)

Recorded August 2 & 3, 1996 at The Spirit Room, Rossie, NY. Engineered by Marc Rusch.

 

  1. Freezing Lightning - take 3 (Johnston)

  2. Thumb Under (Bartok)

  3. There’s No Business Like Jazz Business (Kelsey)

  4. Unpredictable You (Johnston)

  5. Nonchalant (Ruddick)

  6. The Supply/The Demand (Johnston)

  7. I Got Rid of Them (Kelsey)

  8. Freezing Lightning - take 1 (Johnston)

 

 

 

1997

The Ingenious Gentleman of the Lower East Side (CIMP 139)

Chris Kelsey Trio

Chris Kelsey (soprano saxophone), Dominic Duval (bass), Edward Ware (drums)

Recorded March 5, 1997 at The Spirit Room, Rossie, NY. Engineered by Marc Rusch.

 

  1. The Saxophonist of the Sorrowful Countenance (Kelsey)

  2. Whereupon the Saxophonist Finds a New Pair of Squires (Kelsey)

  3. The Story of the Rocking Horse in Sansabelt Pants (Kelsey)

  4. The Revenge of the Herd [or the Flock, If You Prefer] (Kelsey)

  5. The Pitiful Tale of a Battle to the Death that Ended in a Draw (Kelsey)

  6. The Adventure in Which Our Hero Banged His Head Against the Wall Repeatedly (Kelsey)

  7. Sophia Loren Lives on East Third Street (Kelsey)

  8. Twelve-Tone Song for My Father (Kelsey)

 

 

1998

Situational Music (Saxofonis 9801)

Chris Kelsey Ingenious Gentlemen Quartet

Chris Kelsey (soprano saxophone), Joe McPhee (soprano and tenor saxophones), Dominic Duval (bass), Edward Ware (drums)

Recorded June 5, 1998 at The Knitting Factory, New York, NY.

 

  1. Forensic Musicology (Kelsey)

  2. Some Things Matter, But They’re Not Important (Kelsey)

  3. The Strength of Indolence (Kelsey)

  4. Probable Probity (Kelsey)

  5. Here and Now and Later (Kelsey)

 

 

1999

In Search of Emmett Hardy (Saxofonis 9901)

Chris Kelsey Un-Ironic Quartet

Chris Kelsey (soprano saxophone), Joe Fiedler (trombone), Dave Hofstra (bass), Edward Ware (drums)

Recorded December 12, 1999 in Brooklyn, NY.

 

  1. Big Car Back of the House (Kelsey)

  2. Realist Nihilist (Kelsey)

  3. Emmett the Obscure (Kelsey)

  4. A Man of Considerable Girth (Kelsey)

  5. A Lack of Malicious Intent (Kelsey)

  6. Lyin’ About the Davenport (Kelsey)

  7. Less is More, Only in Horseshoes (Kelsey)

  8. Lest We Forget, Bop is a Business (Kelsey)

 

 

2000

Hear With Your Ear (Saxofonis 2000-1)

Chris Kelsey Unacknowledged Ensemble

Chris Kelsey (soprano saxophone), Mark Hennen (piano), Jackson Krall (drums)

Recorded April 27, 2000 in New York, NY.

 

  1. Last Night I Dreamed of Bats With Wings/Inexplicable Acts of Sanity (Kelsey)

  2. Suspicious Behavior (Kelsey)

 

 

2004

Renewal (CIMP 309)

Chris Kelsey Quartet

Chris Kelsey (soprano saxophone), Steve Swell (trombone), Francois Grillot (bass), Jay Rosen (drums)

Recorded April 7, 2004, at The Spirit Room, Rossie, NY. Engineered by Marc Rusch.

 

  1. A Romp on the Dark (Kelsey)

  2. Charlie Parker’s Last Will and Testament (Kelsey)

  3. Reason Excluded (Kelsey)

  4. Enough/No Tell (Kelsey)

  5. E and Me (Kelsey)

 

 

Beyond Is and Is Not (Cadence Jazz CJR 1183)

Chris Kelsey (soprano saxophone)

Recorded October 30 & 31 in Pawling, NY. Engineered by Chris Kelsey.

 

  1. Afro Blue (Santamaria)

  2. Footprints (Shorter)

  3. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart (Ellington)

  4. Memoir (Kelsey)

  5. Fried Bananas/Blue Monk (Gordon/Monk)

  6. Chronology/Stella By Starlight (Coleman/Washington)

 

 

2005

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Wishing You Were Here (CIMP 329)

Chris Kelsey Trio

Chris Kelsey (soprano saxophone), Francois Grillot (bass), Jay Rosen (drums)

Recorded March 23 & 24, 2005 at at The Spirit Room, Rossie, NY. Engineered by Marc Rusch.

 

  1. Jam Session (Kelsey)

  2. Sea Cricket (Kelsey)

  3. Truclulent (Kelsey)

  4. Misquotate (Kelsey)

  5. Spright (Kelsey)

  6. Unoriginally Titled (Kelsey)

  7. Pop, Grunt, Squeal (Kelsey)

  8. Postcard (Kelsey)

 

 

2006

The Crookedest Straight Line, Vol. 1 (CIMP 358)

Chris Kelsey Quartet

Chris Kelsey (soprano saxophone), John Carlson (trumpet, flugelhorn), Francois Grillot (bass), Jay Rosen (drums)

Recorded April 14 & 15 2006 at The Spirit Room, Rossie, NY. Engineered by Marc Rusch.

 

  1. Post Modern Times (Kelsey)

  2. Poor Relations (Kelsey)

  3. Heterophonous (Kelsey)

  4. Fangle (Kelsey)

  5. Ask I Won’t Tell (Kelsey)

  6. Whose What’s Where Now? (Kelsey)

  7. Spam Not Spam (Kelsey)

 


 

The Crookedest Straight Line, Vol. 2 (CIMP 368)

Chris Kelsey Quartet

Chris Kelsey (soprano saxophone), John Carlson (trumpet, flugelhorn), Francois Grillot (bass), Jay Rosen (drums)

Recorded April 14 & 15 2006 at The Spirit Room, Rossie, NY. Engineered by Marc Rusch.

 

  1. Robin’s Egg Blues (Kelsey)

  2. Stunned (Kelsey)

  3. All Small Not at All (Kelsey)

  4. 61715 (Kelsey)

  5. Inside Pout (Kelsey)

  6. Charming (Kelsey)

  7. It’s Yer Birthday (Kelsey)

 

 

2009

Not Cool [... as in, The Opposite of Paul Desmond] (Tzazz Krytyk 001)

The Chris Kelsey 4

Chris Kelsey (soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones), Chris DiMeglio (trumpet), Francois Grillot (bass), Jay Rosen (drums)

Recorded June 2009 in New York, NY. Engineered by Reuben Radding.

 

  1. Femulate the State (Kelsey)

  2. Raw Sun (Kelsey)

  3. If Jazz is Dead [Can I Have Its Stuff?] (Kelsey)

  4. Sameness is Way Better Than Differentness! (Kelsey)

  5. The Past is a Frightening Prospect (Kelsey)

  6. The Sweet Trauma That Is Free Jazz/Ghosts (Kelsey, Ayler)

 

 

2010

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Roulette Concert: Confusion Bleue (Ictus165)

Nobu Stowe

Chris Kelsey (soprano saxophone), Ross Bonadonna (alto saxophone, bass clarinet, guitars), Lee Pembleton (sound), Nobu Stowe (piano, electric pianos), Ray Sage (drums)

Recorded on September 25, 2010 at Roulette, New York, NY. Engineered by Woramon Jamjod.

 

  1. Partie I (Bonadonna, Kelsey, Pembleton, Sage, Stowe)

  2. Partie II (Bonadonna, Kelsey, Pembleton, Sage, Stowe)

  3. Partie III (Bonadonna, Kelsey, Pembleton, Sage, Stowe)

  4. Partie IV (Bonadonna, Kelsey, Pembleton, Sage, Stowe)

 

 

2011

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Happy House (Unseen Rain UR9993)

Chris Kelsey (straight alto and soprano saxophones), Pat Hall (trombone), Joe Gallant (electric bass), Dean Sharp (drums)

Recorded Summer 2011 at Tedesco Studios, Paramus, NY. Engineered by Tom Tedesco.

 

  1. Happy House (Coleman)

  2. Ramblin’ (Coleman)

  3. Legend of Bebop (Coleman)

  4. Fifth of Beethoven (Coleman)

  5. Congeniality (Coleman)

  6. Lorraine (Coleman)

  7. Broadway Blues (Coleman)

  8. Improv (Kelsey, Hall, Gallant, Sharp)

  9. Dee Dee (Coleman)

  10. Enfant (Coleman)

 

 

Cowboy Film School (Unseen Rain UR9992)

Chris Kelsey (soprano and straight alto saxophones), Steve Cohn (piano), Tony DiCicco (bass), Bruce Ditmas (drums)

Recorded Summer 2011 at Tedesco Studios, Paramus, NY. Engineered by Tom Tedesco.

 

  1. Improvisation (Kelsey, Cohn, DiCicco, Ditmas)

  2. Improvisation (Kelsey, Cohn, DiCicco, Ditmas)

  3. Improvisation (Kelsey, Cohn, DiCicco, Ditmas)

  4. Improvisation (Kelsey, Cohn, DiCicco, Ditmas)

  5. Improvisation (Kelsey, Cohn, DiCicco, Ditmas)

  6. Improvisation (Kelsey, Cohn, DiCicco, Ditmas)

  7. Improvisation (Kelsey, Cohn, DiCicco, Ditmas)

 

 

What I Say: The Electric MIles Project (Tzazz Krytyk 002)

Chris Kelsey (soprano and straight alto saxophones), Jack DeSalvo (electric guitar), Rolf Sturm (electric guitar), Joe Gallant (electric bass), Dean Sharp (drums)

Recorded July 29, 2011 in Canaan, NY. Engineered by Steven Walcott.

 

  1. Agharta Prelude (Davis)

  2. Mad Love, Pt. 1 (Kelsey)

  3. Directions (Zawinul)

  4. Ife (Davis)

  5. Sivad (Davis)

  6. Mad Love, Pt. 2 (Kelsey)

 

 

2013

Live from Nowhere (Unseen Rain UR9965)

1Up1Down

Chris Kelsey (soprano and straight alto saxophones), Jack DeSalvo (electric guitar), Lewis Porter (electric piano), Alan Lerner (drums).

Recorded October 6, 2013 at Magnolia’s Cafe, Patterson, NY. Recorded by Gene Gaudette.

1. Alfie's Theme (Rollins)

2. Waltz Frisk (Kelsey)

3. India (Coltrane)

4. Easy Bake Burnt Pie (Kelsey)

5. Blessing in Disguise (Rollins)


 

 

The Change of the Shape of The Century of Jazz to Come (Unseen Rain UR 9961)

Chris Kelsey Quintet

Chris Kelsey (straight alto saxophone), Jack DeSalvo (cello), Lewis Porter (piano), Joe Gallant (electric bass), Dave Miller (drums)

Recorded January 2013 at GSI Studios, New York, NY. Engineered by Jim DeSalvo.

 

  1. Above (Kelsey)

  2. Operation (Kelsey)

  3. Lemon Jello (Kelsey)

  4. Polydian Schmydian (Kelsey)

  5. Charming (Kelsey)

  6. To Know What to Know (Coleman)

 

 

2014

Duets: NYC/Woodstock (Tzazz Krytyk 003)

Chris Kelsey (soprano saxophone), Dom Minasi (electric guitar)

Recorded April, 2014 in Woodstock, NY, and October, 2014 in New York, NY. Recorded by Chris Kelsey.

 

  1. Fondness & Trepidation (Kelsey/Minasi)

  2. Blues Ultimatum (Kelsey/Minasi)

  3. Memories of Being Very Angry (Kelsey/Minasi)

  4. Rod Serling (Kelsey/Minasi)

  5. Di Dow (Kelsey/Minasi)

  6. That Ain’t the Blues (Kelsey/Minasi)

  7. Say What? (Kelsey/Minasi)

  8. Tipo Toe (Kelsey/Minasi)

  9. Eruption (Kelsey/Minasi)

 

 

2015

Free: Kelsey/Porter Duo Plays Ornette, Vol. 1 (Tzazz Krytyk 004)

Chris Kelsey (straight alto saxophone), Lewis Porter (piano)

Recorded March 19, 2015 at Gardiner Theater, Trinity Pawling School, Pawling, NY. Recorded by Chris Kelsey.

 

  1. Music Always (Coleman)

  2. Brings Goodness (Coleman)

  3. Free (Coleman)

  4. Cross Breeding (Coleman)

  5. Giggin’ (Coleman)

  6. Check Out Time (Coleman)

  7. Face of the Bass (Coleman)

  8. Airborne (Coleman)

  9. Harlem’s Manhattan (Coleman)

  10. Forerunner (Coleman)

 

Speaking in Thought Balloons (Tzazz Krytyk 0005)

Chris Kelsey (solo soprano saxophone)

Recorded Summer 2015 in Pawling, NY, by Chris Kelsey.

 

1. General Turgidson Will See You Now (Kelsey)

2. Catastrophoc Critic (Kelsey)

3. Genie I Dream of, In Lower Case Vowels (Kelsey)

4. Lady Luverly's Chatter (Kelsey)

5. More or Less the Same Amount (Kelsey)

6. Sick Wishers (Kelsey)

7. Speaking in Thought Balloons (Kelsey)

8. Stogie Bop Souffle (Kelsey)

9. Substex (Kelsey)

10. Total Disinterest (Kelsey)

11. That Kook (Kelsey)

12. Unnonrealistic (Kelsey)