from All About

[Phil Kelly is] back at it, stronger than ever with Ballet of the Bouncing Beagles and to bolster that swing allegation, the set opens the boldly with “Play Bud Tonic,” featuring on-fire solos by tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb, trumpeter Vern Sielert, and trombonist Dan Marcus, followed by a rip-roaring, vivacious ensemble section.

The band eases off on the full force forward momentum of the opener with the light-stepping, laid-back “Limehouse Blues.” A tinkly piano intro gives way to a lighter-than-air ensemble horn interlude followed by a series of elastic solos—alto sax, trombone (getting down sweet and low), baritone sax (gritty and low), and trumpet, all over a supremely relaxed rhythm.

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Review, Seattle Jazz