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Bill Wells

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Bill Wells born c 1963 is a Scottish bassist, pianist, guitarist and composer

He is best known for his group the Bill Wells Octet, since the early 1990s, but he has performed and recorded in a wide range of settings, including collaborations with The Pastels, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Future Pilot AKA, Lol Coxhill, Isobel Campbell, Barbara Morgenstern and recently Aidan Moffat He has also played on tracks by Kevin Ayers, V Twin and Duglas T Stewart


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Discography
    • 21 With Phantom Engineer
    • 22 With Future Pilot AKA
    • 23 The Bill Wells Trio
    • 24 With Isobel Campbell
    • 25 With Maher Shalal Hash Baz
    • 26 With Tape
    • 27 With Aidan Moffat
    • 28 As Bill Wells & Friends
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


Wells is completely self-taught, and began performing in clubs in Scotland in the late 1980s He began arranging his own work and initially offered these to Bobby Wishart, but when Wishart declined the offer, Wells formed his own Bill Wells Octet, which has included Lindsay Cooper, Alastair Morrow, Robert Henderson, John Longbotham, Phil and Tom Bancroft, and his Big Band that entered the BBC Big Band contests of 1992 and 1993 recording one CD at the Society of Musicians in Glasgow Wells' style of experimental jazz takes influences from Brian Wilson, Burt Bacharach, Gil Evans, and Charles Mingus The Octet's releases have primarily been live recordings sold by Wells at gigs

Wells has collaborated with several prominent Scottish independent rock and pop musicians, including with David Keenan of Telstar Ponies and John Hogarty of BMX Bandits in the group Phantom Engineer, and with Stevie Jackson and Isobel Campbell of Belle & Sebastian in live performances and also in the studio; Wells recorded the Ghost of Yesterday album with Campbell, and Jackson played on Wells' Incorrect Practice album

During 2006 he received a Scottish Arts Council 'Tune Up' commission for a tour of Scotland with a group of Japanese musicians Maher Shalal Hash Baz

In 2007 Wells formed the semi-ironically titled National Jazz Trio of Scotland


With Phantom Engineer

  • Phantom Engineer 1996

With Future Pilot AKA

  • The Bill Wells Octet Vs Future Pilot AKA 1999 Domino

The Bill Wells Trio

  • Incorrect Practice 2000 Geographic
  • Also in White 2002 Geographic

With Isobel Campbell

  • Ghost of Yesterday 2002 Creeping Bent

With Maher Shalal Hash Baz

  • GOK 2009 Geographic

With Tape

  • Fugue 2010 Thrill Jockey

With Aidan Moffat

  • Everything's Getting Older 2011
  • The Most Important Place in the World 2015

As Bill Wells & Friends

  • Nursery Rhymes 2015


  1. ^ a b c d e Strong, Martin C 2003 "Bill Wells", in The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0
  2. ^ a b Jansen, Skip "Incorrect Practice: Review" Allmusic Retrieved 18 April 2010 
  3. ^ "Bill Wells: Biography" Scottish Arts Council Retrieved 18 April 2010 
  4. ^ "'Nursery Rhymes' released on the Karaoke Kalk label" Retrieved 30 November 2015 

External links

  • Scottish Arts Council article on Bill Wells
  • Biography at Falkirk Music Scene
  • Bill Wells at Domino Records
  • Article on Scotland On Sunday 230696 write by Stephen Pastel
  • Fugue by Tape & Bill Wells at Inmune Recordings
  • Video Kama Aina & Bill Wells | Glasgow Sky
  • Video Bill Wells & Lorna Gilfedder & Bradien

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