Keller’s harmonic sense throughout seems to have its own logic, following its path to places, once arrived at, are just where we want to be. Like all valid jazz writing, her compositional language seems to suit the soloists just fine, too.
Though the impact that the new social media habits may have in the jazz scene hasn’t been adequately documented yet, there is a rather safe assumption to be made: you know that a gig went well, when the participants are willing to take a backstage selfie. The photo in question appeared on Fem Belling‘s instagram …
‘The bass clarinet is perfect in combination with soprano saxophone. With these two, you can do everything. I play other instruments but they are my favourites.’
2012 Bell Awards announced
As the album’s title hints, Galumphing ‘Round The Nation is an outcome of Keller’s 2009 national Collaborations Project, where the touring Quartet in the various locations they played, invited a favourite musician to contribute each a 5th (often highly improvised) part to an existing base composition.