Jazz has always been rife with rumors about great players hidden in backwater towns. Seattle, Wash., is no backwater, except from the vantage point of New York City, where jazz reputations are made and lost. From New York, Seattle is somewhere on the left edge of the Earth—perhaps near Siberia.
Bill Anschell would be a badass wherever he lived, even Greenwich Village. He is an impeccable, distinctive pianist with a valuable body of work on Seattle’s Origin label, mostly in solo, duo and trio formats. Rumbler contains new compositions for full ensembles. Anschell’s tight working trio with bassist Chris Symer and drummer Jose Martinez is the foundation. Five formidable guests shuttle in and out: Jeff Coffin, Richard Cole and Hans Teuber on various reeds, Brian Monroney on guitar and Jeff Busch on percussion. All but Coffin are from Seattle.