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Will Sellenraad: Balance

Read "Balance" reviewed by Greg Camphire

Balance is the third album as leader for up-and-coming guitarist Will Sellenraad, capturing a day's session of his seasoned working band laying down first or second studio takes of their current repertoire. The six-stringer has a classic tone reminiscent of Wes Montgomery and Grant Green, and it serves him well on this set of mostly his own compositions. The album's title track keeps an interesting balance of rhythmic feels, alternating between waltz time and 4/4 swing. It ...

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Take Five With Will Sellenraad

Read "Take Five With Will Sellenraad" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Will Sellenraad: Hailed as a “hidden gem," guitarist/composer Will Sellenraad has earned a fast growing reputation of being at the forefront of a new generation of jazz musicians. Known for his brilliant improvisations and his compelling, emotive compositions, this New York City native melds the various styles, phrasings and concepts of the jazz idiom with the raw elements of soul, rock and funk, to create a singular sound that is nothing short of inspiring. Instrument(s): Guitar

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Will Sellenraad: Balance

Read "Balance" reviewed by J Hunter

Will Sellenraad grew up in a place and time many people dream of: New York City's downtown scene of the '60s and '70s, when music and art were both in a state of quicksilver flux. Given that his parents (prominent New York artists themselves) named their son after modern-art pioneers William de Kooning and Piet Mondrian, it is pure serendipity that Sellenraad's Beezwax Records debut reflects the sound of CTI, a record label that got just as much criticism as ...

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Will Sellenraad & Root Down: Star Hustler

Read "Star Hustler" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

The great organ trios of the '60s were sustained by people who loved fun, carefree, and relative music. Whether in smoky clubs, or backwoods watering holes, the music was for, and about the people. The visceral art of the jazz organ trio is exactly what Will Sellenraad & Root Down's Star Hustler delivers. To the point: Music that is simply funky, entertaining, and engaging. The backwoods of guitarist Sellenraad are the concrete streets of New York, where he has gigged ...