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Evan Woodle: Nth

Read "Nth" reviewed by Dave Wayne

An integral part of the fecund and fascinating Pacific Northwest jazz scene, percussionist Evan Woodle is a charter member of several of the region's most innovative bands: Heatwarmer, Chemical Clock, and Operation ID to name a few. Each of these groups plays a sort of hybrid music that's difficult to describe without using hyphens and multiple ...

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Chemical Clock: Bad Habitat

Read "Bad Habitat" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Here's another example of music that's devilishly complex, a bit bizarre and full of diverse influences (avant-classical, IDM / electronica, jazz-rock, video game music, and disco-funk, just for starters) which manages to come across as a really warm, human, celebratory listening experience. It's been a couple of years since Chemical Clock issued their eponymous debut album, ...

Operation ID: Legs

Read "Legs" reviewed by Dave Wayne

The cover art for Operation ID's debut CD recalls the work of Raymond Pettibon. whose indelible images burst forth from the covers of LPs by Black Flag, Minutemen, and Saccharine Trust on the iconoclastic SST label, back in the 1980s. Though it's directed toward a different end result, the music on Legs has a relentless energy ...

Chemical Clock: Chemical Clock

Read "Chemical Clock" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Yet another band arising from Seattle's embarrassment of avant-jazz riches, Chemical Clock is an aggressive and determined young band with a lot of good ideas and more than enough chops to pull them off. Led by keyboardist and composer Cameron Sharif, the quartet's self-titled debut CD EP is a brief and refreshing blast of post- everything ...

Neil Welch: Boxwork

Read "Boxwork" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Adjectives like “extraordinary" or “stunning" are overused epithets these days, their currency diminished. Such a shame, because Boxwork, from Washington State saxophonist Neil Welch, is stunning and extraordinary--not in the devalued contemporary sense of “quite interesting" but in the good, old-fashioned sense. From its beautifully handcrafted packaging to Welch's handwritten notes to the music itself, Boxwork ...

Bad Luck: Bloodroot

Read "Bloodroot" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Available as a download only, Bad Luck's Bloodroot is a fine example of the extremely powerful and virtuosic, cutting-edge music coming out of Seattle these days. Sure, drummer Chris Icasiano and saxophonist Neil Welch make an unholy racket for much of the track's generous twenty-plus minutes duration, yet a determined sense of focus is quite palpable: ...

Andy Clausen: The Wishbone Suite

Read "The Wishbone Suite" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Nineteen year old trombonist Andy Clausen started his music studies at The Julliard School in the fall of 2010. He did not wait to finish his studies before releasing, in March of 2012, his debut CD, The Wishbone Suite. Apparently the music was in him and it had to be recorded.

The music on The ...

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Agogic: Agogic

Read "Agogic" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Attenzione a Seattle. Qualcosa si muove nella fu capitale del grunge. Merito di Cuong Vu, che dalla fine del 2006 ha rimesso radici nella città dalla quale era partito alla volta di New York, passando per Boston, a inizio anni Novanta. Il ritorno a casa del trombettista di origini vietnamite, complice la cattedra offertagli dalla University of ...

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Bad Luck: Two

Read "Two" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

When Bad Luck comes in the shape of drummer Christopher Icasiano and saxophonist Neil Welch, it can be a pretty good thing. They met at the University of Washington and, driven by an interest in improvised music, began a musical partnership. Both are fearless navigators of the unknown and communicate with an intuitive sense of empathy. ...

Agogic: Agogic

Read "Agogic" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Table and Chairs music is a new label dedicated to harnessing Seattle's rich music legacy. Its first release, Agogic, is the eponymous debut featuring trumpeter Cuong Vu and saxophonist Andrew D'Angelo. D'Angelo cast his dye as an alto saxophonist in Seattle before moving to New York, and has played with Kurt Rosenwinkel and Erik Friedlander, among ...