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When it comes to Grace Kelly—saxophonist, vocalist, composer, lyricist, arranger—people seem to be divided into two groups: those who marvel at her proficiency, creativity and ever-accelerating growth, and those who have yet to encounter the 18-year-old wunderkind. She has performed with high-profile artists such as Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr., and appeared on NPR's Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz. Kelly has won the Outstanding Jazz Act honors at the annual Boston Music Awards and local ABC affiliate WCVB-TV named her one of five Bostonians to Watch in 2009. The 2009 57th Down Beat Critics Poll added her to its list of Alto Saxophone Rising Stars, the youngest ever to be named so.
To this astonishing list of kudos and credits, Kelly now adds Mood Changes, the fifth release on her PAZZ label. The album mixes six standards with four Kelly originals and features her working quintet (Jason Palmer, trumpet; Doug Johnson, piano; John Lockwood, basses; Jordan Perlson or Terri Lyne Carrington, drums), with guest appearances by guitarist Adam Rogers on two tracks and trombonist Hal Crook on one.