Primary Instrument: Piano
Seattle native Bill Anschell returned to the Emerald City in 2002 after spending 25 years studying, composing, and performing across the country and around the world.
Anschell left Seattle after high school, studying for two years at Oberlin College (Ohio), then earning his Music Degree from Wesleyan University (Connecticut). At Wesleyan, Anschell worked closely with saxophone great Bill Barron. He also studied semi-privately with South Indian mrdangum master T Ranganathan, kindling a passion for rhythmic experimentation that has driven Anschell's music ever since.
After leading the life of a jazz vagabond for several years, Anschell settled in Atlanta in 1989. He was initially drawn there by the opportunity to serve as Jazz Coordinator for the Southern Arts Federation (SAF), the regional arts agency of the South. Firing up SAF's jazz department virtually from scratch, Anschell launched a host of high-profile programs, published a book on grantswriting, and created JazzSouth, an internationally syndicated radio show. At night he dove headlong into the city's thriving jazz scene, working as a sideman with various groups and leading his own trio....
Awards:Golden Ear Awards: 2005 Northwest Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year 2006 Northwest Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year (Bill Anschell Trio)
... More to the Ear Than Meets the Eye is a consistently rewarding piano-trio album. Its freshness and creative strength is different on every track. There are two guests, saxophonist Richard Cole (three tunes) and trumpeter/flugelhornist Thomas Marriott ... ~~ Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes, February 2007.
MORE TO THE EAR THAN MEETS THE EYE
Production: Produced by Bill Anschell; Original compositions and all arrangements,Copyright 2006, Bill Anschell,& published by Blow Hard Music; Recorded 3/2/06 and 6/22/06 at Studio X, Seattle, Washington; Recording engineer: Reed Ruddy; Mixed by Reed Ruddy & Bill Anschell at Studio X; Additional mixing by Bill Anschell and Larry Anschell at Turtle Recording Studios, White Rock, BC; Mastered by Mark Guenther, Seattle Disc Mastering; CD cover artwork by Deb Choat; Design and layout by John Bishop.
Personnel/Performers: BILL ANSCHELL piano (all tracks); JEFF JOHNSON bass (2,3,6,7,9,11); JOHN BISHOP drums (2,3,6,7,9,11); DOUG MILLER bass (1,4,5,8,10) JOSE MARTINEZ drums (1,4,5,8,10); RICHARD COLE tenor and soprano saxes (5,9,10); THOMAS MARRIOTT trumpet and flugelhorn (2,6).
Tracks: 1. Night and Day (5:21) 2. Bent (6:15) 3. Crazy He Calls Me (4:34) 4. Emily (5:47) 5. As the Crow Flies (6:15) 6. Humble Origins (7:59) 7. Alone Together (6:44) 8. I'll Take Romance (5:27) 9. Morning Fog (5:55) 10. Faster Than the Speed of Mildew (5:25) 11. At the End of the Day (6:10)
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