BEST OF PHILLY: PARTY BAND
"This band can get the crowd off its feet at any occasion, be it wedding
reception, birthday party, Bar Mitzvah, gallery opening or antiques show."
"ONE OF THE YEAR’S TEN BEST JAZZ CDs!"
"If it’s got a reed, Kenny Ulansey can play it. Before anyone had heard of
Kenny G, Kenny U was popping up everywhere on soprano sax -- from an
eight-year stint with Relâche to guest appearances with traveling folk
artists at the Cherry Tree... Expect anything and everything, from very
danceable traditional tunes to out experimental stuff."
-Mary Armstrong, City Paper
"By inclination, uber-talented Ken Ulansey is a jazz musician. But how do you
pin down a saxophonist whose musical range encompasses classical, folk,
world beat, Klezmer and rock...? This kind of praise has become routine for
-Frank Quattrone, Montgomery Newspapers
"...a group of accomplished and talented performers... augmented by the
-Nancy Heller, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A lot of players look up to Ken Ulansey. And rightly so; he is indeed a
“musician’s musician.” Ulansey freelances all about town, as he puts it,
‘dabbling in seven or eight traditions of music.’ His repertoire includes
Baroque music, contemporary classical, swing jazz, contemporary jazz,
Eastern European folk tunes, Indian ragas and Brazilian samba. If you
consider all the awards Ulansey has collected throughout his career, it’s
obvious the instrumentalist does more than ‘dabble.’
-Deni Kasrel, Jewish Times
"The compositions are as intriguing, sharply designed, and crazy-quilted as
the best work of Mingus and, more recently, Carla Bley and Henry Threadgill.
(Pianist Heath) Allen’s tightly constructed pieces mix New Orleans, tango,
Klezmer-type Eastern European influences, the ambience of silent-film
accompaniment, and a precision in detail that rivals a Swiss watchmaker.
With excellent sidemen, he cavorts across a dancer’s landscape, infusing it
with the instrumentation and improvisational bursts of jazz. Few musicians
could write such music; fewer still could play it with such discipline and
-Jules Epstein, Philadelphia Tribune
"On the new CD, red/blue...shift, there are elements of jazz and classical
music, music from film noir and Nino Rota, tango, salsa and Klezmer and
other less identifiable sources. With an extremely versatile band,...(they)
create a series of musical vignettes that are carefully constructed but
sound irresistibly spontaneous. The music is constantly in flux, with
melodies divided among the instruments or one style morphing into another,
literally without missing a beat."
-Russell Woessner, Philadelphia Weekly
"...a breezy, intimate affair of sambas, blues, ballads and bop, exuding fine
musicianship and maximum joie de vivre."
-Jonathan Takiff, Philadelphia Daily News
*** Ulansey is a resonant player who can negotiate a bewildering array of styles. ...overall, this disc is bright..."
-Karl Stark, Philadelphia Inquirer
"....their group blends a variety of styles: Swing, bop, pop, Latin... plus
some powerful poly-rhythms...grooves nicely."
-Deni Kasrel, The Welcomat
"What’s most apparent...is that the group is comfortable playing together.
Whether in the swinging Eddie’s-No-Big-Deal, the moody, rather far-out
Approaching Storm, ...this group performs as a unit. Ensemble is key to all
music, and this group sounds like it has it all together."
-Clark Groome, Chestnut Hill Local