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In Roaming, Kittel energetically explores his many musical influences, from traditional Scottish and Irish styles to jazz and classical music. He moves from original Celtic compositions to Irish-tinged jazz, newgrass and triple-fiddle harmonies, with startling improvisations and plenty of traditional Scottish and Irish tunes. With John Behling on guitar, Glenn Brady on acoustic bass, Tyler Duncan on bodhran and Irena Portenko on piano. Eleven tracks, 57 minutes.
Roaming was named 4th best Celtic Album of the Year by Kansas Public Radio and awarded second place from over 10,000 entries for Best Celtic Instrumental Album in the international Just Plain Folks Competition. One track, Stairwell Time, also won second place for Best Celtic Instrumental Song.
“It’s a much over-used cliche, but I really believe this is what genius sounds like. Highly recommended!” Mark Clark, Jam Rag
“There’s enough of the traditional music to keep purists happy… But that’s only the starting point for Kittel.” David Lyman, Detroit Free Press
“Jeremy uses traditional music as a base on which to fuse styles and sounds. He stretches beyond musical boundaries with a delightful mix of innovative original tunes, traditional Celtic melodies, and soundscapes adapted from the likes of jazz greats Louis Prima and Chick Corea… Roaming is a totally pleasurable listening experience.” Matt Watroba, SingOut! magazine
“I am generally very traditional in my tastes, but I enjoy this disc a lot. The playing is fresh, exciting, and sweet. Very able accompaniment on guitar by John Behling, with some particularly hot jazz licks, and a nice use of bass, bodhran, and piano as well. Oh yeah, Jeremy is just too damn young to play as well as he does, and “more mature” musicians should ignore the pictures on the album, or tape them over, or something of the sort.” Brendan Taaffe, Fiddler magazine