Chris Wells is a composer, producer and instrumentalist specialising in jazz and Brazilian music. He studied orchestral percussion at the Guildhall school of music & drama, since when he has performed in the studio and on stage with a range of prestigious artists across multiple genres, from the London Symphony orchestra to Sir Paul McCartney.
Chris is currently working with Grammy winning Brazilian artist IVAN LINS
As a composer, Chris has recently co-written a track with US drumming legend HARVEY MASON for the 25th Anniversary album of the band FOURPLAY, (of which Harvey is a founding member), and also appears on the album "SILVER" as guest vocalist on their tune "Silver Streak"
Additionally Chris composes music for film and television, and has established Sound Designs Music to look after that area of his work.
3 BEAT (featuring Charlie Wood)
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Recorded in Rio, São Paulo, Memphis and London
with the finest musicians in each city, blending the beauty of Brazilian
melody, harmony and rhythms with the soul of R&B and blues. The highlight
is a version of IVAN LINS' "Velas Içadas" performed by
the Brazilian icon himself. Other special guests include Téo Lima,
Sizão Machado, Mestres da Bateria da Mangueira, US Hammond star
Charlie Wood, Sérgio Cassiano, John Parricelli and Julian Jackson.
The 11 original songs feature lyrics by Pedro Casadalma, and singers Mônica
Vasconcelos and Valdo Silva.
"an ambitious album that's nearly fantastic...if Wells could get
all these musicians together on tour, which might be a tall order, it could be sensational..."
Peter Culshaw, SONGLINES MAGAZINE
Atlantic is a collection of tracks that represents Chris's musical
influences from an early age, and comprises a mixture of cover songs
by some of those composers and artists alongside original instrumentals.
Amongst the tunes on the album are Miles Davis's immortal “Milestones”,
Earth Wind & Fire's “That's The Way Of The World”, (the
band's national anthem according to founder Maurice White) and from
Brazil there are versions of Ivan Lins's “Love Dance” plus
“Sim ou Não” (Yes or No) by Djavan.
The core ensemble comprises Chris's Azul bandmates (and long-time associates)
Charlie Wood on Hammond B3 and acoustic and electric pianos, and São
Paulo trumpeter Walmir Gil, alongside Guto Lucena on saxes and flutes.
Vocals were performed by Valdo Silva (“Sim ou Não”)
and Greg Manning who contributed a special arrangement of “That's
The Way Of The World” to the project.
"VELOCITY" is Chris's 3rd solo album, following on from "PRA SEMPRE" and "ATLANTIC". "VELOCITY" features the talents of GUTO LUCENA (saxophones & flutes), CHARLIE WOOD (Hammond & pianos), JOHN PARRICELLI & MIKE EAVES (guitars), WALMIR GIL (trumpet) plus WEBSTER SANTOS, IFE TOLENTINO (guitars) & FRAZER SNELL (bass). The 12 original compositions work their way through rumba, jazz, R&B and Gospel, with an omnipresent undercurrent of Blues