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Neil Welch

Seattle-based saxophonist Neil Welch represents a new breed of young players who thrive in today's eclectic musical atmosphere. With one foot rooted in the tradition of those who have preceded him (one can't mistake the influence of John Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders in Welch's playing), Welch forges ahead creatively, drawing from diverse influences, under the umbrella of improvised music, with a solid foundation not often found in such a young player. With his debut release, Narmada, Neil Welch has established himself as a creative force in the Seattle jazz scene. Joining Neil on the album are a number of Seattle's young lions, as well as world-renown sitarist Debi Prasad Chatterjee, and Tor Dietrichson on tablas- who with Neil also comprise the traditional Hindustani ensemble, Nada Brahma

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bad Luck: Four

Read "Four" reviewed by Ian Gwin

For over a decade, Seattle-based duo Bad Luck—that's Neil Welch (saxophones, electronics) and Chris Icasiano (drums)—have packed and unpacked their deceptively simple formula of drums and saxophone. Through their deep musical partnership, they continue to recast the mold of contemporary music. Over countless fiery performances and three full-length releases, the depth of the duo's compositional improvisations ...

Bad Luck

Over half a decade after their first performance, drummer Chris Icasiano and saxophonist Neil Welch continue to develop a unique musical voice together. Bad Luck has become a sonic outlet to be reckoned with. In the highly trodden medium of drums and saxophone, Bad Luck proves that there is much left to be said. Called “One of the best Seattle jazz recordings in years” (Earshot Jazz) Bad Luck was awarded the “Best Outside Jazz Group” of 2009 by Earshot Magazine, and a finalist for “Best Avant Group” in the 2009 Inside Out awards. Performing all original compositions, the pair use live loops and pedals to create an astounding range of sound

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Sidney Hauser: Justice and Jubilation

Read "Sidney Hauser:  Justice and Jubilation" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The hiring of young saxophonist Sidney Hauser, to fill the second alto saxophone chair with the prestigious Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra may seem like a musical sidenote to the history of this 17 piece ensemble that was formed in 1995. But considering the marginalization of women instrumentalists in jazz over the course of the genre's history, ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Insufficient Funs: Insufficient Funs

Read "Insufficient Funs" reviewed by Ian Patterson

An original name, if not quite such an original concept. Saxophone and drum duets used to be as rare as the proverbial hen's teeth, with John Coltrane and Rashied Ali's 1960s collaboration always the benchmark. In recent years, however, this striking duo combination has seen something of a boom. Charles Lloyd and Billy Higgins; Dave Rempis ...

Twelve Tiny Explosions

Label: Table & Chairs
Released: 2013
Track listing: A Nameless Sorrow; A Song Cycle For Missouri; A Storm In Nebraska; Willing Joy; Dedicated To Drummer Chris Icasiano; Places Like Needles, Nevada; Vermont; Kansas: Dusk At A Brown Field; Iron Cloud; In Dedication To Artist Meredith Monk; Mount Index; Tiny Explosions; Rivers.

12 Tiny Explosions

Label: Creative Sources
Released: 2013

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Quarterpounder: brood

Read "brood" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Quarterpounder, led by Copenhagen-based bassist and composer-in-chief Mathias Wedeken, has an affinity with vinyl. The band's first release avoided the CD racks altogether. Its second album, brood, does the same, appearing as a beautifully-packaged 12" vinyl album, complete with a striking cover design and an accompanying download. It's a classy product all round. brood ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Neil Welch: Twelve Tiny Explosions

Read "Twelve Tiny Explosions" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

It's good when an album title tells it like it is. Twelve Tiny Explosions is Seattle tenor saxophonist Neil Welch's third solo saxophone album and consists of a dozen tunes, each of which can be described as an “explosion." Welch's technical ability on his instrument of choice, sheer power and inventive musicality combine to create a ...


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