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Guitarist Andy Waddell pursuing new directions on debut album
(Published: August 28, 2013)

As a composer, Andy Waddell is a man of few words. In fact, on his debut effort, Sunset to 7, there is only one track with lyrics - and the voice isn't even his. But it doesn't matter. Waddell's mastery of the guitar speaks its own dialect, understood through the universal language of music. "Since I am an instrumentalist, obviously the music I write doesn't have any words, but I hope that it can paint a detailed picture in the mind of the listener," Waddell explained. "My music is very emotional because it reflects the roller coaster of my life for the last five years, from the darkest hours to the brightest moments; my intention is to pull the listener in several different directions, much as my life has been."

To Waddell, music is a way of expressing feelings and not just technical wizardry. "Whether we realize it or not, different sounds and tones create different emotions, and emotions cause us to remember certain experiences in our lives, or to spark our imagination to envision new ones," Waddell observed. "I don't want my music to just be about ripping choruses over changes, even though that is of course a part of it that I enjoy immensely. I hope to create an emotional and imaginative experience for the listeners. I hope to inspire people just as a few others, whom I will never forget, have inspired me."

While a number of other musicians are content to stay within their self-imposed stylistic boundaries, Waddell has a creative restlessness that prevents him from doing so; he refuses to become artistically stagnant. "During the beginning of my serious years as a jazz player, I was primarily focused on bebop. However, when I finally began writing, I took my playing and way of thinking about improvising in a whole new direction," Waddell recalled. "I want to continually progress in pushing my creativity into new realms, and with modern jazz, the possibilities are endless."

More Information: http://www.andywaddellmusic.com

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