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.
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Every time I get to my mail of a dozen or so CDs a day to open and slip into the player, I pray that there'll be a chestnut like Neil Welch's Narmada awaiting my ears.
- Laurence Donohue-Greene, All About Jazz, New York
Neil Welch solos with really fine, well-developed ideas.
-Gary Mortenson, International Trumpet Guild Magazine