Welch, Neil / Narmada
Album: Narmada   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Welch, Neil   Added:Jul 2008
Label:Belle Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2008-09-21 Pull Date: 2008-11-23 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Nov 23 Nov 16 Nov 9 Sep 28
Airplays: 1 2 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Nov 21, 2008: Memory Select
3. Nov 07, 2008: Memory Select
2. Nov 14, 2008: Memory Select
Raga Kirwani [cont'd], Raga Kirwani
4. Sep 26, 2008: Memory Select

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2008-09-24
A deep post-bop band with almost too much of the John Coltrane/McCoy Tyner "classic quartet" sound. Led by sax and piano, of course, with a couple of surprises (sitar on tracks 3,7). Decent overall but feels derivative; some buzzy guitar here and there helps elevate it. The few quiet segments left me flat. Basically a '60s nostalgia session with some twists, like the free-jazz intensity of #5, or the 17-minute raga of #7.

1- A coolly rolling late-Coltrane vibe, after a sneaky evil bassline start
2- Coltrane II. Strong, propulsive, with percussion for a "world" touch. Gets downright furious.
3- Quiet sitar & sax start. Then finally: brisk & breezy contempo-jazz that includes a nifty sitar solo. Really gets cooking.
4- Chiming guitar plucking, turns into a fast loungy piece that eventually gets screaming. Abrupt ending.
5- Big and swirling. Gets pretty wild and out-there.
6- Heavy, crashing-ocean feel, dark.
7- Sitar+sax raga. Slow thoughtful, incense-laden. Long.

Track Listing
1. Madness In Motion   4. Paranoid Android
2. The Search (For Coltrane, Pharoah And Ayler)   5. Neptune
3. Narmada   6. Darker
  7. Raga Kirwani