“The elusive ‘universal elixir’ has resulted from the group’s impeccable swing on this album.” – Ron Carter
ALCHEMIST (Cellar Live Records, 2017) is a 9-song exposition featuring some of the most prominent instrumentalists of New York’s next generation. It is an auspicious artistic statement combining themes relating to faith, upbringing, mentorship and an ongoing quest for knowledge, from the distant past to the present day.
Prelude and Hymn are reflective meditations on Sellick’s Christian faith, which was instilled in him during his Canadian upbringing. This upbringing is celebrated in the playful but relaxed Brothers (of which Sellick is the eldest of three), Dog Days, a tune that embodies the pace of that hottest time of year, and the R&B-tinged feel-good anthem, Home.
Q-Tippin, dedicated to drummer Quincy Davis, is an uptempo swing tune that features the unmistakable tone of another of Sellick’s mentors, tenor saxophonist Jimmy Greene. This dedication acts as a metaphorical bridge between adolescence and the quest for knowledge that brought Sellick to his current community, Harlem, NYC; to which he pays swinging tribute here with Uptown!.
The timelessness of these themes is tied together by two compositions dedicated to ancient wisdom, the mysterious waltz Abacus and post-modern epic The Alchemist. Sellick likens the jazz composer to the medieval alchemist, who reworks common material to produce gold, something greater than the sum of its parts. Just as the alchemist concerns himself with immortality, so the artist aims to capture the eternal, and to create a work that becomes greater than the artist himself.
LUKE SELLICK – ALCHEMIST
STREET DATE: MARCH 10TH, 2017
Luke Sellick — double bass & compositions
Jimmy Greene — tenor saxophone [2,4,6]
Jordan Pettay — alto saxophone [1,3,5,7,9]
Benny Benack III — trumpet [1,3,5,9]
Mat Jodrell — trumpet [2,7]
Adam Birnbaum — piano
Andrew Renfroe — guitar
Kush Abadey — drums [2,4,6,7,8]
Jimmy Macbride — drums [1,3,5,9]
Andrew Gutauskas — bass clarinet 
Recorded May 4th / July 26th, 2016
Recorded at: The Bunker Studio, Brooklyn, NY
Recording Engineer: Aaron Nevezie
Mixing Engineer: Brian Montgomery
Mastering Engineer: Dave Darlington
Produced by: Luke Sellick & Curtis Nowosad
Cover Artwork: Edward Becenko
Graphic Design: Ian Hendrickson-Smith