August 1st, 2011
July 2 the Wellstone Conspiracy played works from their wonderful new album “Motives” and I really enjoyed being there to hear and photograph them. Wellstone Conspiracy features Bill Anschell on piano, Jeff Johnson on bass, and John Bishop on drums, and saxophonist Brent Jensen. “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.” 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.” Here are some pictures from the evening performance.