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Watts, Heath / Pell, Dan: Breathe If You Can (Leo)

The duo of saxophonist Heath Watts and drummer Dan Pell in music where Watts calls his method of playing and composition NODOT (Non-Objective Dynamically Ordered Tones).

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UPC: 5024792050628

Label: Leo
Catalog ID: 506
Squidco Product Code: 10059

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded at Heath Watts studio in February, April and May 2007.


Heath Watts-soprano saxophone

Dan Pell-drums

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Artist Biographies:

"Heath Watts is a soprano saxophonist living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who specializes in free improvisation and free jazz. He has released three albums on Leo Records, Sensoria, Bright Yellow With Bass, and Breathe If You Can. Roeba Records released Philadelphia Company #1 in 2007 with Watts, drummer Dan Pell, and guitarist Barry Chabala. He has also self-released the album 2x with pianist Alexandra Swaney in 2007.

A soprano saxophone specialist, Heath includes Steve Lacy, John Coltrane, Evan Parker, David Liebman, and Lol Coxhill among his major influences. While learning to play the soprano saxophone, he relied heavily on the pedagogical materials of NEA Jazz Master David Liebman. Heath has had the opportunity to perform with David Liebman, Sam Newsome, Vinny Golia, Andrew Cyrille, Marc Helias Andrew Raffo Dewar, Jack Wright, François Grillot, Jay Rosen, Michael Szekely, and Matt Lavelle.

This web site will provide you the opportunity to hear and purchase tracks and albums from Heath's discography. In addition, you can follow his performance schedule, see concert footage, and see concert photos. There will also be a blog section where he will share his insights about practicing and taming the soprano saxophone and improvisation. Heath considers this site to be an opportunity to connect with those of you who enjoy his music and would like to know more about him and his work."

-Heath Watts Website (

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track listing:

1. Letters 12:10

2. Work 7:01

3. 4 3:31

4. People 5:30

5. On and Off 6:05

6. Crutches 7:06

7. However 3:29

8. Love 5:46

9. Rules 5:51
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"This is the first CD in Leo Records catalogue by Heath Watts (soprano saxophone) and Dan Pell (drums). Watts calls his method of playing and composition NODOT (Non-Objective Dynamically Ordered Tones). The music is 'Non-Objective' because, like visual artist W. Kandinsky, Watts believes that art, including music, does not have to represent anything tangible in the real world. When Watts improvises, he focuses on pure sound and how tones fit together, resulting in 'Dynamically Ordered Tones'. Dan Pell is a perfect partner for Heath Watts."-Leo

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