After the Rain

by Neil Welch

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"Welch's rendering of the Coltrane masterpiece After the Rain uses acoustically created chords called "multiphonics" as the foundation of this piece. He blends multiphonics and singing into the tenor and bass saxophones to create new harmonic territories with imaginative effect. Layer upon layer of electronically processed bass saxophone also lends a darkened hue throughout. The ringing chords were created by playing arpeggiated melodies directly into the belly of a de-tuned upright piano, amplifying the string reverberations and cutting out the initial attack.

Seattle bassist Kelsey Mines is a star of this track, providing gorgeous bass lines and a masterful solo. In After the Rain, Mines and Welch create a virtuosic dialogue where each musician's role as melody maker and time keeper remains in a continuous state of flux."


This recording is given in deepest gratitude to John Coltrane and in contribution to his living legacy.

-Neil Welch


released June 5, 2019
Neil Welch: acoustic tenor and bass saxophones, piano strings and electronics
Kelsey Mines: acoustic bass

Recorded by:
Jen Gilleran at Earwig studios (Seattle, WA) and Trevor Spencer at Way Out studios (Woodinville, WA)

Track preparation and mixing:
Dave Abramson (Seattle, WA)

Mastered by:
Ed Brooks at Resonant Mastering (Seattle, WA)

Album art by Darren Dp Palmer

After the Rain composed by John Coltrane / Jowcol Music
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Neil Welch is published by Narmada Music / BMI


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Neil Welch Seattle, Washington

Saxophonist and composer Neil Welch is recognized as a major voice of the Seattle jazz and experimental music fields. His work is derived from improvisation, using largely non-traditional techniques that explore sonic resonance. Neil's work is a menagerie of resonant musical styles, unabashedly confronting the acoustic possibilities of the instrument. ... more

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