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Four of the Northwest's finest jazz artists reunite on "Motives" for a wide-ranging, adventurous recording of orignal works, including a free-wheeling tribute to drummer Ed Blackwell, and melodic pieces flavored by the modern harmonies of Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. The disc closes with an impressionistic cover of Billy Strayhorn's "A Flower is a Lovesome Thing." Wellstone Conspiracy features Seattleites Bill Anschell on piano, Jeff Johnson on bass, and John Bishop on drums, joined by Idaho-based saxophonist Brent Jensen. The four musicians continue to refine the collective artistry displayed on their 2006 debut CD, "One More Mile" (under Brent Jensen's name), a cohesive group sound that All About Jazz reviewer John Barron described as: "...lively, inventive and beckons for repeated listening."

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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 ...

Motives

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2010
Track listing: Bye Bye Blackwell; Phindango; Anne Rose; Turbulator; Portrait; Stories We Hold; Doop Dee Doop; A Flower is a Lovesome Thing.

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Huge CD Giveaway from Jazz Now! Seattle in Celebration of Reaching 1000 Downloads

Jazz Now! Seattle, a new podcast spotlighting all the incredible jazz music coming out of Seattle, WA, has passed the 1000 download mark less than two weeks after their debut. To celebrate, they are giving away tons of CD's from Seattle jazz bands. There are four packages:Origin Records Package: Featuring new CD's from Thomas Marriott, Chad ...

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Wellstone Conspiracy: Motives

Read "Motives" reviewed by John Barron

The Wellstone Conspiracy is a collective venture for four of the more prolific jazz musicians residing in the Northwest region of the United States. The group consists of Idaho-based saxophonist Brent Jensen and from Seattle, pianist Bill Anschell, bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer John Bishop. The quartet, previously heard together on Jensen's One More Mile (Origin, ...

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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 ...


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