Blow Up is a fine jazz effort from my favourite little Canadian jazz label Cellar Live. It features the Steve Kaldestad Quintet featuring Kaldestad on tenor saxophone, Kevin Dean, trumpet, Andre White, piano, Jodi Proznick, bass, and Jesse Cahill on drums. Together the five musicians offer up a seven song CD that is still a huge value.
The quintet make their song long journey with enough curves and hills along the way to make the journey highly enjoyable.
The lead cut Shimmy! is written by Kaldestad, who has penned four of the sings here. It sets the mood for the disk, with its happy sound, and near 10-minute exploration of the musical skills of the quintet, of course with some added focus on the saxophone.
The quintet does spread things around on the album. White pens the Cut In The Loop, and Dean has credit on So Long Cerulean.
The group also shares the spotlight well. While obviously a vehicle for Kaldestad and his fine sax work, all five musicians are allowed moments to shine, and that includes some sweet beat work from bassist Proznick, and some sweet soft drum work by Cahill.
This is an enjoyable jazz effort which should occupy a place in any collection. Solid from start to finish.
Check it out at www.cellarlive.com
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Jan 27, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada