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Karin and Mike Kelleher - Melange / Downbeat review

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Downbeat Magazine excerpts from the review:

"The Kellehers are passionate Washington, D.C.- based musicians with feet in jazz and classical camps. Mike-a former White House director of correspondence-sings, scats, strums and composes; Karin plays classical violin in several Maryland symphonies. Mélange presents their array of originals, covers and mashups with strings and a rhythm section, with a tone that's cheery but a style that's neither fish nor fowl. Charts lope along with swing feel (Joe McCarthy of Afro Bop Alliance is on drums)…and Karin's eager violin obbligatos. "Ensemble counterlines unfurl with grace on ‘Kyrieousity' and ‘Claire De Lune'….  Bookending the set are Mike's original vocals ‘Beautiful Pain' (with oboe filigree) and ‘My Love Isn't' (guitar and violin), with clear voice…. His earnest tenor sounds best (think Kurt Elling or Theo Bleckmann) at low volume and intensity on ‘Ancka's Dolphin Dance,' the Hancock favorite enriched with fresh lyrics and ripe choral overdubs."