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Songs Without Words

by Chris Welch

Lyrical, improvisational, instrumental compositions
Genre: New Age: New Age
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mr. Chiverton's Broadwood
3:31 $0.99
2. Summer Solstice
3:08 $0.99
3. Jiggity Gigue
4:06 $0.99
4. Late Autumn
4:35 $0.99
5. Prelude op.11, no.2
1:29 $0.99
6. Maddie's Dream
3:01 $0.99
7. It's About Time
4:50 $0.99
8. Child's Play
2:34 $0.99
9. The Perseids
4:07 $0.99
10. Painting at the Train Station
2:33 $0.99
11. Floating on the Sea
3:42 $0.99
12. The Water Is Wide
4:18 $0.99
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Album Notes
Songs Without Words is a collection of instrumental compositions by pianist Chris Welch.

The CD features piano solos and duets with Rob Davis (soprano saxophone), Michael Gotz (guitar) and Evan Buehler (vibraphone).

"...shimmering romantic melodies. Welch has a magnificent touch, lyrical, open and light."
- Chris Lunn, Victory Review

"Whether effevescent and bubbly ("Jiggity Gigue" and "Maddie's Dream"), somber and reflective ("Late Autumn" and "Painting at the Train Station"), or softly romantic ("Floating on the Sea" and "Summer Solstice") Chris and the other musicians handle each song with grace and charm. Recommended for fans of melodic piano-led music."
- Bill Binkelman, Editor, Wind and Wire: The Magazine of New Instrumental Music


Chris Welch is a composer and producer of instrumental music for TV, film, and the internet. In 2011, Chris's music has been heard in the Paramount movie No Strings Attached, and many television shows, including Parenthood (NBC), Let's Make A Deal (CBS), Brighton Beach Patrol (Channel 5, UK), HawthoRNe (TNT), The Dr. Oz Show (syndicated), Auction Kings (Discovery Channel), Pretty Little Liars (ABC), The Arrangement (Logo TV), Gourmet's Adventures With Ruth Reichl (PBS), NICU (Discovery Health), My First Home (TLC), and Weeds (Showtime).

Chris is “a pianist-for-all-reasons-and-seasons” (Victory Music Review). He grew up playing classical and popular music, earned his music degree at the University of Washington, and has played thousands of gigs and sessions with a variety of artists.  Chris has played jazz, rock, reggae, ska, calypso, fusion, classical music, Latin music, country, folk and more with The Groove, Ted Kamp, Scott Lindenmuth, Eduardo Mendonça and Show Brazil, Calypso Blue, Cabaret Productions, The Washingtonians, Evan Buehler, Xebec, Sonando, Emerald City Jazz Orchestra, Northwest Girlchoir, The Christopher Gross Ensemble, ACT Theatre... and scores of other artists and organizations. Chris leads groups of various size and instrumentation that perform at clubs, festivals, weddings, and private parties. Chris has performed at most Pacific Northwest music venues.

Chris has contributed piano, keyboards, compositions, and arrangements to may recordings, including:
•Chris Welch: Night Music (“A damn good album” – Wind and Wire)
•Chris Welch: Songs Without Words (“a great album – completely infectious” – Solo Piano Publications)
•Say It by singer/songwriter Kevin Joyce
•Pitch Black Mile by singer/songwriter Karyn Kupferman
•Urban Christmas by XEBEC
•Destiny by Seattle reggae/soca/ska band The Groove
•543 by jazz vibraphonist Evan Buehler
•Many other CDs, soundtracks, demos, infomercials…



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Kathy Parsons

A Great Album!
Chris Welch’s debut CD is a jazzy collection of eleven originals and one cover piece showcasing a variety of moods and playing styles. With Welch on piano, his ensemble is made up of Evan Buehler on vibraphone on two tracks, Rob Davis on sax on three tracks, and Michael Gotz on electric guitar on two. However, since none of the instruments overlap on tracks, the seven ensemble pieces are all duets that work exceptionally well; the remaining five pieces are solo piano. This album is very strong from start to finish, and all of the tracks are excellent. Welch gives his musicians the freedom to soar and express their own musicality, giving the pieces a wonderfully free feeling that stays fresh on each listening.

The opening track, “Mr. Chiverton’s Broadwood” is perhaps the most “new age” of the selections. A solo piece, Welch takes a rather simple theme and improvises variations on it. This is both a classical and a jazz approach, and Welch combines the two very effectively. “Summer Solstice” is a lazy, beautiful duet for piano and electric guitar - a summer daydream set to music. “Jiggity Gigue” is a classic. Upbeat, fun, spilling over with life, this piano/sax duet is a real favorite. (It also reminds me of some of Ira Stein’s ensemble work.) “Prelude Op. 11, #2” is a shorter solo piece that again seamlessly combines classical and jazz elements to great effect. “Maddie’s Dream” picks up the pace with piano and vibraphone, creating a lighthearted romp that is completely infectious. “Floating on the Sea” is a gorgeous sax and piano duet. The sax opens with a simple theme and melody line, and then the two musicians take off with it - another favorite. The cover tune is Welch’s solo arrangement of “The Water Is Wide” - a traditional song that has been turning up on a lot of albums the past several years. Welch makes it his own.

“Songs Without Words” is a great album, pure and simple. Several cuts above most smooth jazz albums, but easy-going enough to relax with, I very highly recommend it. I also love the cover artwork!