The Wellstone Conspiracy is a collective venture for four of the more prolific jazz musicians residing in the Northwest region of the United States. The group consists of Idaho-based saxophonist Brent Jensen and from Seattle, pianist Bill Anschell, bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer John Bishop. The quartet, previously heard together on Jensen's One More Mile (Origin, 2008), hits the mark with Motives, a disc full of stunning interplay and individual showmanship. A highlight of the recording is the opening Bye Bye Blackwell," Jenson's tribute to the late drummer Ed Blackwell. The tune builds on Johnson's droning double stops ...read more
This ensemble might have been labeled the Brent Jensen Quartet. They recorded One More Mile under the Idaho-based saxophonist's name. For their album Motives, however, they are calling themselves the Wellstone Conspiracy as they delve deeper into a melodic music that is steeped in the modern harmonic concepts of Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.
The set opens with Jeff Johnson's grainy, guitar-like bass lines on the Jensen-penned Bye Bye Blackwell." The late Ed Blackwell was, perhaps most famously, Ornette Coleman's drummer on This is Our Music (Atlantic Records, 1960), Ornette on Tenor (Atlantic Records, 1962) and many more. The tune ...read more