Party's Over/ Begun
"A fine quintet set, a lot of stylistic diversity in the compositions, the package held together into an artistic whole by the versatality of the musicians. A must have CD for fans of the sax and trumpet in front of the rhythm section quintet mode..." - Dan McClenaghan, AllAboutJazz.com "Kelly returns in a wistful vein; shuffling gently, he doesn't blow into his horn, he sighs. ... The whole album comes at you like this - assertive, confident, and they do what they do very well." - Jazz Improv Magazine "Here he is experimental, adventurous, and not at all tentative. ... Rossum's group is best when not playing it safe." - Thomas R. Erdmann, ITG Jazz Editor Director of Bands and Trumpet Professor Elon University, Elon, North Carolina "This is Kelly's first venture as a leader, [and] I was happy to hear the complexity and craftsmanship of his compositions on this recording. ... You are in for a treat!." - Dr. Ron McCurdy, Professor of Music University of Southern California International Association of Jazz Educators, President "They say those who can't do, teach. Working to dispel that myth is Kelly Rossum, a Minneapolis trumpet player who has spent most of his adult life in musical academia. After teaching jazz at the University of Minnesota and [another university, incorrectly quoted], Rossum is stepping out as a bandleader. His debut disc, Party's Over/ Begun is a warm-and-smooth stew of sensitive balladry, dance-ready jazz waltzes and improvisational detours." - St. Paul Pioneer Press, July 26, 2002.