Conflict!
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Phil Hey, drums; Kelly Rossum, trumpet
Release date : Aug. 21, 2009
Label : 612 Sides
Tracklist:
  1. Brilliant Action
  2. Marse
  3. Pure Imagination
  4. Epistrophy
  5. La Vita a Roma
  6. The Sphinx
  7. Conflict/Rush Hour

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“In spirit closer to free jazz musicians Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry, in attitude closer to the famous Dizzy Gillespie and Max Roach duet, this duo with Kelly Rossum on trumpet and Phill Hey on drums is an event full of intense interplay. Starting with Don Cherry’ “Brilliant Action”, and also covering Monk’s “Epistrophy”, and Ornette Coleman’s “The Sphinx”, you cannot question the good taste nor their musical references. The playing is absolutely excellent, and captivating from beginning to end […] The music is direct, at times sensitive, but mostly unrelenting, and quite intense. Lots of passion and great fun.” – Stef, freejazzblog

 

“The final track is a melding of “Conflict” (Hey) and “Rush Hour” (Rossum), the latter one of Kelly’s most versatile compositions which has landed in the repertoire of the Out to Lunch Quintet and the Lease/Moriarty Quintet, two of the trumpeter’s long-standing affiliations. Rossum’s surly hornlines are countered by Hey’s pepper-spray rim tickling and wickedly hollow mallets. One more firecracker solo from Hey –reminiscent of that last, endless burst on the 4th of July—precedes a high pitched machine gun round from Rossum, both musicians accelerating in speed and intensity as they navigate “rush hour” on the bandstand.” – Andrea Canter, Jazz Police