Andy Waddell Group
Andy Waddell has developed an intense style of writing and arranging that has truly become his own. His playing stands out as an extremely progressive approach to jazz. His modern style of writing and arranging has been identified as incredibly deep both harmonically and melodically, while still being grounded in the roots of traditional jazz, with his broad and extensive vocabulary.
Waddell's group plays very progressive and cutting edge original music that makes for an extremely exciting and musically engaging experience. The virtuosity that is delivered both by the immensely compelling writing and flawlessly stellar performance is transcendent, and takes the listener on a beautiful journey of some of the best modern jazz that is both intellectually satisfying while still being lyrically accessible to the ear. Andy's first album as a leader entitled Sunset to 7 was released last year and enjoyed world wide success placing him on numerous top ten jazz charts and #35 in CMJ magazine, as well as one of the top 5 new artists also in CMJ magazine. He recorded his second album this year which will be released this summer featuring LA all stars Josh Nelson (piano), Tom Catanzaro (tenor), Dan Lutz (bass), and Aaron McLendon (drums).
"Nothing short of SUPERB . . . seamless jazz with a cutting edge all the way through."
- Improvijazzation Nation Magazine
"Great guitar work and this has to be truly "a watch out for" in the future. Awesome co-ordination."
- Graham Barclay, Soundwave FM
"Fresh and well played,"
- Leo Ramirez, CITR Vancouver, Canada
"Remarkably polished and boldly self-confident."
- Wavelength Radio
A guitar man that's been at it since he was a jazz kid turns his tyro to tower as he finally steps out on his own after backing up the serious jazzbos of our times. A very creative, wide ranging release that shows his stuff throughout as a writer/player/leader, Waddell is more than ready to get everyone to know his name. Sleek, contemporary jazz that hits the mark hard.
Chris Spector Midwest Record - www.midwestrecord.com "
The Sound Room (View)
Oakland, CA 94612