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Album Review

Wellstone Conspiracy: Motives

Read "Motives" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


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 ...


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