Another project that I missed until now. Smooth-Jazz keyboardist Rodney Kelley Jr from Baltimore, MD released his second project “RK II” on April 1, 2014.
Following his 2009 debut album “So Slick.” “RK II” is a continuation of his smooth, suave piano style that is similar to the likes of Brian Culbertson. Marcus Johnson. Bob Baldwin and Brian O’Neal, who are merely a few of the best pianist in today’s jazz music.
“RK II” is 12 tracks of smooth, funky and mellow grooves from start to finish. My favorites are “Coming Through,” “Airways,” “Reminisce,” “Hard Rain.” Call It,” “Strollin.'” & “Roots”. I too liked the artistic effort he produced on “Duke’ Em” which I’m certain is a tribute to the late George Duke however can set you in the mood of some Herbie Hancock, Bernie Worrell or Frank Zappa type stuff.
Overall “RK II” is a winner just like his debut “So Slick” both are highly recommended and his 2013 single “Mystic Breeze” is one more high recommendation. I am pleased I came across this artist, and I’m sure you will likewise.
Rodney Kelley Jr musical abilities can be attributed to his father Rodney Kelley Sr, a jazz guitarist who has a band called the “Rodney Kelley Experience” in which Kelley Jr plays keys (hence if you are in the Baltimore & DC district who enjoys listening to good Jazz, Blues and R&B be sure to check them out.)
Wishing Rodney Kelley Jr much continual success…”RK II”:)
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