Kelvyn Bell has released a new album, St. Louis Blu.
In contrast to the distinctively funky electric sound Bell deploys with his band Kelvynator and, before that, as an early member of Defunkt, this recording (pictured) features him on solo acoustic guitar.
Described as "a tribute to his Missouri hometown roots," the album's ten tracks are a mix of originals - some, like "East St. Louis Riots 1917" and "Free Funk for Ferguson" making explicitly topical references - and interpretations of more familiar jazz tunes such as Thelonious Monk's "Ruby, My Dear" and Benny Golson's "I Remember Clifford."
St. Louis Blu is on sale now via CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.
You can see and hear Bell performing "East St. Louis Riots 1917" in the embedded video window below.