No Contest

The “No Contest” mini EP is an eclectic trio of saxophone-driven songs overlaid with hints of jazz, blues, funk – and even a touch of progressive – but are straightforward rock at their core.

“No Contest” is available for streaming and download through multiple digital outlets such as Amazon, Apple Music, & Spotify:

Direct download of the “No Contest” mini EP in the digital format of your choice is also available via bandcamp and to be perfectly frank I would see a greater proportion of the proceeds and I would receive them immediately too (versus three months) as bandcamp sales are not processed through nearly as many intermediaries. Thanks!

Although the songs that comprise this “No Contest” mini EP and those of the forthcoming full-length “Asymptote” album are all instrumental pieces and all were recorded more or less contemporaneously, those of “No Contest” have a markedly different flavor so I thought it best to release them separately from – and, due to COVID-19 restrictions on travel and warehousing, ahead of – the “Asymptote” album.

Saxophonist Jeff Saunders recently retired from the US Air Force and makes his home in Newport News, VA with his family. He regularly performs throughout Hampton Roads with Jason Cale – duo, trio, or full band – as well as the Jesse Chong Band.

Jae Sinnett is a top-tier drummer, composer and bandleader with a dauntingly impressive résumé that simply can’t be done justice in this small block of text. A native of Donora PA, Jae currently resides in Chesapeake, VA and has recently celebrated 30 years as a jazz producer and host for NPR affiliate WHRV-FM 89.5 in Norfolk, VA. For more about Jae Sinnett please visit

Jeff Saunders: Alto & Bari Saxes throughout
Jae Sinnett: Drums throughout
Donnell Smith: Bass on “Don’t Quit Your Day Job”
Jason Cale: Solo Guitar on “Lark”
Warren Russell: Guitars throughout and everything else, real or virtual

Recorded at Sandcastle Records in Nashville TN and Crabhouse Studio in Chesapeake VA
Jae Sinnett’s drums recorded at Master Sound Studio in Virginia Beach, VA
Mastering by Jason Cale at Crabhouse Studio in Chesapeake VA
Produced by Jason Cale & Warren Russell

“No Contest” original photo copyright 2019 by Pete Feds Photography

All songs composed by Warren C Russell, ASCAP
© & ℗ 2020 Quicksilver Night Productions

I composed the three songs of the “No Contest” mini EP (and many more songs in a similar vein) during my career as a Guitar Player in various US Army bands. I’ve performed in small ensembles in numerous configurations and at all manner of events, formal or otherwise, and we would play in wildly divergent genres from one song to the next, often switching styles mid-song at the whim of whomever happened to be soloing at the time. As you can imagine we sometimes had nights that seemed to be by-the-numbers jamming but there were also moments of wild improvisational creativity, varying from gig to gig. We were often unobtrusive and sometimes overlooked – we used to often joke that we played “music to be ignored by” – but some of my fondest musical memories stem from those performances. Jeff was also a military musician, a sax player by trade, and no stranger to that sort of thing. He was instrumental (if you’ll pardon the pun) in helping me realize this vision.

I would be thrilled to find out this has all come full circle and invite any performing military musicians to play these songs; I’ll gladly send you the charts free of charge!

– Warren Russell