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by Matt London, David Howard & Geoff Eales

Presenting original tenor saxophone works from across the UK. Demonstrating the breadth of talented composers writing for the instrument today, drawing from an exciting variety of influences - jazz and popular idioms to contemporary classical and beyond.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. The Pervasive Force
Matt London & David Howard
5:44 $0.99
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2. Song for My Mother
Matt London & David Howard
5:57 $0.99
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3. My Mountain Top
Matt London
8:34 $0.99
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4. Out of Line
Matt London & David Howard
8:51 $0.99
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5. Sarcanthus
Matt London
9:34 $0.99
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6. Farewell Patagonia
Matt London & Geoff Eales
3:39 $0.99
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7. Passing
Matt London
11:27 $0.99
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8. Kaito
Matt London & David Howard
5:14 $0.99
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9. Ballad in Memory of Shirley Horn
Matt London & David Howard
7:12 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
" every single track is a variable triumph of sonority... Awesome sounds - beautifully played. " - Clarinet & Saxophone Society Magazine

★★★ - Jazzwise Magazine

" London shows that the modern classical tenor saxophone is indeed a finely virtuoso, flexible and dynamic instrument. " - Planet Hugill

Speak Now - Music For Tenor Saxophone

Matt London - Tenor Saxophone
David Howard - Piano

with special guest Geoff Eales (piano) track 6

1. The Pervasive Force - Matt London
2. Song For My Mother - Geoff Eales
3. My Mountain Top - Andy Scott (music) and Lemm Sissay (words)
4. Out of Line - Adam Caird
5. Sarcanthus - Cheryl Frances-Hoad
6. Farewell Patagonia - Geoff Eales
7. Passing - Graham Fitkin
8. Kaito - Graham Coatman
9. Ballad in Memory of Shirley Horn - Richard Rodney Bennett

Foreword

The modern classical tenor saxophone, with its flamboyant, dynamic and versatile nature, offers the perfect channel for new and established composers to create fresh and original works.

This body of work brings together some of those talented composers from across the UK who share a liberating broad-minded approach to music; some writing for a cherished instrument and some discovering for the first time the diverse pallet of colours the tenor has to offer.

It is my hope that this album provides interest and pleasure not only to the listener who, like me, has a great affection for the instrument, but also introduces newer listeners to compelling repertoire being written today.

It has been an honour and a privilege to play such wonderful music by composers who I can now call my friends.
Big Noises!

Matt London November 2013

I am indebted to Dave and Geoff for their wonderful piano playing, Matthew for the time spent recording and producing this album, and Saven for her beautiful original artwork.


1. The Pervasive Force - Matt London
Tenor Saxophone and Piano

Just two tones form the basis of this piece, and these two influence each other, develop, and spread into The Pervasive Force!

Written as a salute to the tenor saxophone the work is built around the interval between F# and Ab, exploring different uses of the material through interweaving chords and melodic lines before transforming into a hard hitting and sweeping force demonstrating the full and rich tone of the tenor.

www.mattlondonmusic.com
World Premiere Recording

2. Song For My Mother - Geoff Eales
Tenor Saxophone and Piano

Song For My Mother is a celebration of all that is lyrical and beautiful in music. It seemed to make absolute sense to dedicate this tune to my mother, a person who has always preferred a simple unadorned melody to the rhythmic excitement of jazz improvisation. Written for Matt London.

www.geoffeales.com
World Premiere Recording

3. My Mountain Top - Andy Scott (music) and Lemn Sissay (words)
Tenor Saxophone with accompanying CD

Inspired by Summer, 'My Mountain Top' commences with a crackle on the CD, representing lying under the gaze of the sun and feeling the heat on your skin. The rhythmically free opening saxophone statements represent a mind that is active with thoughts but which gradually floats into a semi-conscious state. At this point the warm keyboard pads emerge and the stage is set for Lemn's magical words. The solo saxophone part weaves its way around the voice, gesturing and supporting, but never overpowering.

www.andyscott.org.uk

4. Out of Line - Adam Caird
Tenor Saxophone and Piano

Out of Line grows out of a single melodic line played by the tenor saxophone and piano in unison and the musical material for the whole piece is derived from this opening idea. Throughout the piece certain flows of music or grooves are set up, only for one part to move ‘out of line’, thus creating some kind of conflict and forcing the music to transform into a new state. Only at the very end of the work is the opening idea recaptured.

5. Sarcanthus - Cheryl Frances-Hoad
Solo Tenor Saxophone

This piece is inspired by Amy Johnson's pioneering and record breaking flight to Australia in 1930. I have recently completed an opera about Amy, and this work uses and develops some of the themes from it. David Hockney's A Bigger Picture exhibition, which includes paintings of Amy's home county, also provided inspiration. The title refers to a perfume that was named after Amy: one of many tributes to her success.

Sarcanthus was commissioned by saxophonist Matt London and generously funded by an RVW Trust commission award.
www.cherylfranceshoad.co.uk
World Premiere Recording

6. Farewell Patagonia - Geoff Eales
Tenor Saxophone and Piano

I originally wrote this piece for flute, horn and piano and specifically for the ELF Trio which comprised Andy Findon (flute), Dave Lee (horn) and myself. I was delighted when Matt asked me to arrange it for tenor saxophone and piano. In tango rhythm, it is my way of paying homage to the indomitable spirit of those pioneering Welsh men and women who forged a new life for themselves in the southern-most tip of Argentina.

www.geoffeales.com
World Premiere Recording

7. Passing - Graham Fitkin
Tenor Saxophone with accompanying CD

Tenor saxophonist Andy Scott drew together a group of like-minded Tenor Saxophonists in 2004 to form the World Tenor Saxophone Consortium. The first composer to be commissioned by the WTSC was Graham Fitkin. 'Passing' was premiered in nine different countries on the same night, 26th April 2005.

Graham writes: “The title refers to the passing of time, the passing of life…, passing in a slow motion sort of way too.”

www.fitkin.com

8. Kaito - Graham Coatman
Tenor Saxophone and Piano

From the Japanese 海 (kai) "sea, ocean" combined with 斗 (to), which refers to the constellation Ursa Major, or 翔 (to) "soar, fly", this short piece is a kind of moto perpetuo, moving from the submarine depths of the ocean, to the delicate brightness of stars. However, one significant feature of Japanese music is that it rarely has a constant and regular pulse, in the Western sense. Thus it moves in small bursts, with moments of reflection and contemplation, and quick changes of mood.
Written for Matt London.

www.grahamcoatman.org
World Premiere Recording

9. Ballad in Memory of Shirley Horn - Richard Rodney Bennett
Tenor Saxophone and Piano

This beautifully crafted heartfelt composition was written in memory of jazz singer Shirley Horn and her exquisite ballad work.

Whilst rehearsing Concerto for Stan Getz with the composer in New York City 2006, Andy Scott was asked if he would mind playing a new piece for clarinet & piano. Following this run through it was suggested Richard edit the clarinet part into a new tenor saxophone version.

World Premiere Recording.


Matt London is held in high regard as a classical tenor saxophone specialist and as an aspiring composer fascinated with open and unconfined performance and writing.

With a broad and open minded approach to music instilled from study at the Royal Northern College of Music [MMus Distinction] with Rob Buckland and Andy Scott (saxophone), and forthcoming doctoral study at Brunel University London under the supervision of Peter Wiegold and Christopher Fox (composition), Matt continues to explore and develop a forward looking approach to his music.

For more information please see: www.mattlondonmusic.com


David Howard has performed in numerous venues across the UK and Ireland, including the National Concert Hall (Dublin) and has won prizes in major competitions in Dublin, Sligo, Belfast, Derry, Ballymena, Arklow, and Moville.

A graduate from the Royal Northern College of Music, which he attended after being awarded the Dora Gilson Scholarship, and where he studied with renowned pianist and chamber musician, John Gough. David enjoys a busy performing schedule, and in recent years has appeared throughout the UK as well as internationally across Thailand, America and Ireland.

Further information on all compositions can be found in the Tenor Saxophone Index, the comprehensive online repertoire database and resource centre for original tenor saxophone music. www.tenorsaxindex.info

Matt plays a 1933 C.G. Conn New Wonder Transitional saxophone customised by Steve Crow, and uses Rico reeds and products.

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