"Studies in Tubular is an instrumental album that covers a lot of ground and, despite the title, there isn't an ominous sounding bell to be found. Watson's background may be in jazz and his band made up of crack local jazz musos, but this is far from being a straight jazz album. Its successful blending of styles and sounds make it much more interesting than that."

---Karl Puschmann, The New Zealand Herald




"By contrast you get a couple of dirty 50’s boogie tracks to get you on the dance floor, like D.A.E. 101 which swings like a Shadows number, fronted by Stevie Ray Vaughan. It totally rocks."

---Tim Gruar, The 13th Floor




"This is deliciously eclectic music and although it touches on many sources, it is an original and highly satisfying offering. Referencing many things but never beholden to any of them.

Watson’s influences are seldom mainstream, but in spite of his touchstones like Sonny Sharrock, Bill Frisell and Marc Ribot, he always brings fresh ideas to the music."

---John Fenton,




"Guitarist Neil Watson is a man with an impeccable track record of appearances on albums by Mel Parsons, the Finn Brothers, Caitlin Smith and more than a dozen others.

He's a man who can sit in, and comfortably fit in, with visiting jazz artists (Mike Nock, Michael Brecker) or people at the mainstream centre of spectrum he commands, and his day job at the University of Auckland in the School of Music finds him as a tutor and mentor to guitarists in the pop music department."

---Graham Reid,



Watson meets Ward @ CJC review: