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Night Music

by Chris Welch

Instrumental lullabies. Piano solos and small ensembles with guitar, bass, vibraphone and percussion.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Prelude Op. 11, No. 3
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2. Nocturne In Gb Major
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3. Lullaby #2 in D Major
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4. Interlude #1
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5. Bossa Nova Lullaby in Db
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6. Lullaby #3 in Ab Major
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7. Interlude #2
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8. Lullaby #4 in E Major
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9. Nocturne in C Minor
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10. Lullaby #5
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11. Lullaby #6
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12. Pandiatonic Prelude
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13. Nocturne in F# Minor
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14. Lullaby #1 in F Major
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Album Notes
"Sweet, gentle melodies. Welch promises "Night Music" and truly delivers. You will be thankful for the peace and melodic mastery of his musical vision."

-Bill Fisher, Victory Music Review



"This is a damn good album. Inspired by the birth of Chris's child, Night Music is a collection of gentle lullabies and nocturnes that never crosses over into pretentiousness or saccharine territory. Instead, the gentle melodies of each track offer sincere gentility, abundant warmth, and an overall sense of comfort and well being. Yet, the musical abilities of Chris, as well as his accompanists (David Pascal on bass, Evan Buehler on vibraphone, Chris Monroe on shaker and cabasa, Michael Gotz on steel string guitar, and Greg Fulton on nylon string guitar) elevate these uncluttered simple songs way above their modest aims.

Some tracks feature just Chris on piano, while others have one or more other musicians assisting him. As on Songs Without Words, Chris is quite adept at knowing which electronic keyboards work best in any given setting, although piano predominates throughout the CD. The mix, by the way, particularly when there is vibraphone, is wonderfully balanced.

The mood of these pieces is, of course, laid-back and (almost always) purposely placid. However, there is variety of style here, with trace elements of light jazz and subtle shadings of neo-classical, too, as well as plenty of romantic new age music touches here and there. The tracks don't have titles, per se, instead being identified by the type of music (e.g. Prelude, Nocturne, Interlude) and numbered (#1, #4 in E Major, etc.). In some ways, that's perfect, because it eliminates the sometimes fallen-into trap of an artist penning cliché or trite names for songs that have emotional resonance.

With fourteen selections on the CD, I'm hard-pressed to choose my favorites. But since I'm partial to vibes, I'd say that "Lullaby #2 in D Major" and "Lullaby #4 in E Major" are among them. I also like the gently swaying sensuality of "Bossa Nova Lullaby in Db" and the plaintive "Nocturne in C Minor" graced by a mournful nylon string guitar. The solo piano pieces and the ones featuring an accompanist are all wonderful and should fit in well with late night reading or conversation when ambient music is not romantic enough or something more "grounded" or "traditional" is needed or desired. Of course, it goes without saying that rocking your child to sleep with this CD playing would be a joy - for both of you!

Sometimes, I like music that is like a well-worn flannel shirt - simple, unadorned, comfortable, and capable of making my troubles seem less intimidating. Cynics may balk at how Chris wears his heart on his sleeve throughout these lovely melodies, but romantics will have their spirits lifted and troubled minds eased and perhaps even find themselves smiling as memories of our youth (or of more recent yesterdays) fade into view, if only for an instant. Night Music is a splendid effort and I recommend it to new age music, adult contemporary, and acoustic music fans without reservation."

-Bill Binkleman, Editor, Wind and Wire magazine



"Night Music" is a delightful collection of smooth jazz pieces inspired by the birth of Chris Welch's child. Mostly lullabies and nocturnes, the music is gentle and easy, but never mushy or cloying. Welch plays piano and keyboards, and is joined on most of the pieces with a combination of bass, guitar, percussion, and vibraphone. Smooth enough for a backdrop for other activities, this music really should be listened to and savored. My favorite track is "Nocturne in C Minor", which begins with a melancholy guitar melody line. Welch comes in with a simple rhythm on piano, and then the piece evolves into a gorgeous duet for piano and guitar, maintaining the bittersweet flavor of the opening passage, but becoming improvised and almost bluesy. A great piece! The opening track, "Prelude, Op. 11 #3" is also especially nice - a warm and inviting solo piano piece with a jazzy rhythm. "Interlude #2" opens with rather darkly mysterious piano chords, and then the guitar enters to lighten the mood a bit - another stand-out piano and guitar duet. Classical influences can be heard in Welch's music as well as the more obvious jazz background. His music is a cut above a lot of smooth jazz. It is immediately accessible, but complex enough to listen to over and over, discovering different nuances each time. This is a very enjoyable album, and I recommend it!

- Kathy Parsons, Solo Piano Publications


Chris Welch Bio:

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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Beautiful and Relaxing!
Chris Welch has put together a wonderful compilation of soothing and relaxing songs. My favorite is Prelude Op. 11, No. 3. I can't wait to send this to my brother and friend who just had babies!! I'm sure they'll love and appreciate it as well.
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