MARK KELSO & THE JAZZ EXILES are back! The Juno nominated group have arrived with their second recording, entitled “ELEMENTALS”. Once again we have drummer/composer Mark Kelso leading the way on the drums, Rich Brown on the electric bass, Luis Deniz on alto saxophone, Joey Martel on electric guitar and the newest member on keyboards, Jeremy Ledbetter.
With their original Jazz/Funk/Fusion sound now familiar to Jazz radio stations all around the globe, the Jazz Exiles continue to craft their signature style on ELEMENTALS. Whether laying down the greasy grooves of “Slank” and “Boom Tune” or the melodic approach on “Solace” to the fiery intensity of “Elementals (Water) and “Zig Zag” the Jazz Exiles continue their commitment to playing music that grooves hard, has lots of rhythmic interplay and is all about the melody. This recording is the perfect continuation of what the group debuted on “Stealing From My Youth” back in 2016.
Kelso says, “After playing with the guys now, I have a better understanding of each individual voice so I am able to write more specifically for them yet still allow a lot of creative freedom for them to do their own thing!” Kelso also adds a personal touch on this recording by writing 2 tunes for his young children, Conor & Aoife.
The Jazz Exiles are back and they are here to stay! Check out “ELEMENTALS” on itunes, spotify or on the band website at www.groovydrums.com and fall into their groove and hang on for a fun ride!
- Produced & Engineered by Mark Kelso
- Additional Engineering by Taylor Kernohan at the Canterbury Music Co.
- Bed Tracks Recorded at Groovy Drums Studio, Mississauga, ON, Canada – March/April 2017
- Acoustic Piano Recorded by Jeremy Ledbetter at The Highway
- Guitar Overdubs Recorded by Joey Martel at Djank Studios
- Mixed by Taylor Kernohan
- Mastering Engineer – Peter Letros
- Cover Design & Artwork by YuGo Girl Design
- Manufacturing by Duplium
- Photography by Sanja Antic
Mark Kelso plays Yamaha Drums, Paiste cymbals, Headhunters drumsticks & creations, EVANS drum heads & Plunge Audio in-ear monitors.
Rich Brown plays Jim Dunlop SuperBrights strings & Kenneth Lawrences basses.
Luis Deniz plays P Mauriat saxophones & D’addario reeds & accessories.
All songs composed by Mark Kelso.