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As a leader
Jazzmanic, 2005
multiple songs featured on radio stations nationwide
The Surprise Trilogy Disc 1
multiple songs featured on radio stations nationwide
The Surprise Trilogy Disc 2
multiple songs featured on radio stations nationwide
The Surprise Trilogy Disc 3
multiple songs featured on radio stations nationwide

As a band member
The Guy Smiley Blues Exchange - Self titled, 1998
The Guy Smiley Blues Exchange - GSBE LIve 2001
The Dynamites - Kaboom
The Dynamites - Burn It Down
Ballhog - Ballhog!
Ballhog - 2
Halfbrass - Come On Down

Also have recorded with numerous artists/bands as a side man included (but not limited too):
Johnny Reid
Randy Russell
Oscar Utterstrom
Jon-Paul Frappier
Highwater
Mile 8
Old Union
Sweet Betty
Ironing Board Sam
Beverly Guitar Watson
Betty Harris
The Cheap Fakes
Albert White

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Based out of Nashville TN, Chris West has been composing/arranging for the past 16 years. An accomplished saxophonist/flutist/woodwindist, West has been working as a freelance musician for 20 years, and is currently one of Nashville’s top call saxophonists/woodwindists. West holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Music, and a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies. In 1998, his song “Dreams” was nominated for a Nashville Music Award (NAMMY). His first solo album entitled “Jazzmanic” was released in 2006 and features 9 original compositions. In 2011, West released a three-album work entitled “The Surprise Trilogy”, which has been reviewed in Downbeat, Jazztimes, and many other prestigious publications, as well as received radio play throughout the US. In addition to his own original work, West has written string and horn arrangements for many Nashville based sessions, has produced co-produced many nashville based albums, and was hired to perform on the soundtrack of the HBO movie “Boycott”. He has toured/performed/recorded with top artists such as My Morning Jacket, Brenda Lee, Charles Walker, Carrier Underwood, Johnny Reid, Dr. Lonnie Smith, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Brian Setzer, among others. Currently, West leads and composes for a funky, experimental big band, as well as a 9 to 11 piece funky-jazz ensemble called the JunkYard Horns.