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Bill Anschell: Shifting Standards

Read "Shifting Standards" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Seattle based pianist Bill Anschell has created a tremendous body of work over the the past 30 years, as a composer, musical director, and pianist. He returned to Seattle in 2002 after 25 years abroad and formed a relationship with Origin Records, releasing more than a dozen records both as a leader and co-leader. Whether composing ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bill Anschell: Curiosity and Invention

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Bill Anschell strikes me as a man with boundless curiosity. You perceive this in conversation, in his sense of humor, the patient manner in which he listens on and off the bandstand. You sense it in his inventive compositions, the rhythmic complexity, and the musical conception that lyrically imprints an authentic sense of melody. His work ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Ballard Jazz Festival Preview: A Seattle Rite Of Spring

Ballard Jazz Festival Preview: A Seattle Rite Of Spring

The Ballard Jazz Festival, Seattle's most anticipated and community oriented jazz event, will take place May 17-20, and will headline legendary saxophonist, Chico Freeman. Dubbed three decades ago as one of the “young lions" of jazz for his participation in recordings with other "stars to be," such as Wynton Marsalis, Kevin Eubanks, and Paquito D'Rivera, Freeman's career has established ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Rick Mandyck: The Return From Now

Read "Rick Mandyck: The Return From Now" reviewed by Paul Rauch

It was a cold Tuesday evening the last week of December. 2016 was mercifully coming to a close, this evening, a final chorus of a long blues blown soulfully, and mournfully into the night. I sat at the bar at Seattle's storied jazz spot, Tula's, in eager anticipation of the evening's performance of a quartet led ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bill Anschell: Rumbler

Read "Rumbler" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Seattle's eclectic jazz scene has produced a long line of significant voices that have impacted the music on a national and international level. Bill Anschell, as a pianist and composer certainly falls into that category that has produced the likes of Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Ernestine Anderson, and presently, trumpeter Thomas Marriott. His new Origin Records ...

NEWS: RECORDING

New Origin Records CD By Pianist/Composer Bill Anschell, "Rumbler," Set For January 20 Release

New Origin Records CD By Pianist/Composer Bill Anschell, "Rumbler," Set For January 20 Release

One of the most valuable players in jny: Seattle’s thriving jazz scene, pianist Bill Anschell is a prolific composer and adept arranger who’s explored those aspects of his craft since debuting on disc 20 years ago. His new Origin Records CD, Rumbler, which will be released January 20, is Anschell’s ninth album as a leader and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

John Coltrane Birthday Celebration: Harnessing The Coltrane Effect

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Richard Cole Group
Tula's Jazz Club
Seattle WA
September 23, 2016

The calendar read September 23, 2016, the 90th anniversary of the birth of John Coltrane, and as in many cities in America, and around the world, the music of this master innovator is being celebrated in performance, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Carrie Wicks: Maybe

Read "Maybe" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Vocalist Carrie Wicks is three albums into her recording career with the release of Maybe, a collection heavy on smartly composed and sung originals. Wicks has previously released I'll Get Around to It (A2 Records, 2010) and Barely There (OA2 Records, 2012). She enjoyed the same rhythm section so much on both recordings, pianist Bill Anschell, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Eugenie Jones: Come Out Swinging

Read "Come Out Swinging" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The last we heard from Seattle-based Renaissance woman Eugenie Jones was on her quite excellent debut recording Black Lace Blue Tears (Self Produced, 2013). On that recording Jones demonstrated great accomplishment as a vocalist, composer, and arranger. She was in the process of transitioning from a successful marketing career to a singer. That kind of change ...

ARTICLE: JUST FOR FUN

Top Five Funniest People in Jazz

Read "Top Five Funniest People in Jazz" reviewed by Michael Ricci

Despite that serious expression you often see on a jazz musician's face, the truth is that laughter gets him through the day.

The late, great pianist Horace Silver knew it. If you didn't see it in his impish smile, you could hear it in his music. Especially in his last studio album, which knowingly ...