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Delta Saxophone Quartet

Delta Saxophone Quartet

Graeme Blevins - soprano saxophone
Pete Whyman - alto saxophone
Tim Holmes - tenor saxophone
Chris Caldwell - baritone saxophone

Formed in 1984 the Delta Saxophone Quartet is one of the UK's leading contemporary music groups.

In 2016 the quartet commissioned the brilliant composer and current pianist in the Pat Metheny quartet, Gwilym Simcock, to compose a new work for Saxophone Quartet and jazz piano. The result was ‘Crimson!’ a dynamic set reimagining some of King Crimson’s most iconic works. Crimson! is released on the Basho Music label and has been performed in UK, Italy and the Netherlands.. the reviews have been spectacular.

In the spring of 2018 the quartet releases its Bowie inspired ambient/free jazz album (available on CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon etc..) on the brilliant UK Indie label, FMR.. Check out ‘Bowie, Berlin & Beyond’ and prepare yourself for a ‘sonic journey, mixing music and soundscapes from Bowie, Berlin & Beyond’

The quartet has been broadcast on many television and radio stations worldwide including; BBC, ABC, Radio New Zealand, Dutch Radio 6, Rai 3, WDR, Taiwan TV, Moscow TV, Uzbekistan State TV, Star TV Hong Kong, DPRK (N.Korea) State TV plus numerous European and US internet radio feeds.

The DSQ has performed in a variety of European and Asian cities such as, London, Edinburgh, Moscow, Tashkent, Samarkand, Ferghana, Taipei, Khaosiung, Taichung, Perugia, Catania, Ljubljana, Rovinj, Beijing, Brandenburg, Groeningen, St Poelten, Hong Kong and Pyongyang. Extensive tours have also been made in Austria, The Netherlands, Uzbekistan, Taiwan and the UK. The quartet has also been featured in numerous International Festivals, for example, London Jazz Festival, Meltdown Festival, Etnafest, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Brighton International Festival, Steiriche Herbst, Gandusiana Music Festival, Etnafest, Zomer Jazz Fiets Tour, Sounds Of The Dolomites Festival.

The DSQ has received International acclaim for its 5 solo CD releases, with Minimal Tendencies receiving 5 stars from the BBC Music Magazine and Dedicated to you..but you weren't listening being selected as album of the year in a variety of jazz and rock magazines.

The DSQ has been involved in the performance of over 500 new works especially composed for the quartet. It continues its association today with Kingston University, London, where it was the Ensemble In Residence from 2003-2008.

"Top notch musicianship and imagination" Downbeat USA

"String quartet like levels of sophistication" Sydney Morning Herald

''There is too much wonderful music found here to mention it all and at one hour, it is consistently fascinating..''. - BLG' Downtown Music Gallery, New York

(The DSQ is) one of Europe's most distinguished new music ensembles.,The Guardian

''May be the most revelational…and revolutionary look at a legendary British group that ran the gamut from post-Dadaist psychedelia to free jazz and fusion between 1966 and 1981''. John Kelman, All About Jazz

''The DSQ of Britain Finley Performed a newly composed piece.'' The Pyongyang Times

To paraphrase Bob Dylan, the ensemble sounds as though “they’re knocking on Heaven’s door,” within the sum of the parts of this stunningly attractive program. (A newly-found desert island disc, indeed. Glen Astarita

Dem Delta Saxophone Quartet gelingt es mit dieser intelligenten Produktion, den vielen Mutationen der sanften Maschine nachzuforschen. Eine der schönsten Jazzplatten des Jahres 2007 Karl Lippegaus,Süddeutsche Zeitung

One of the years finest jazz albums...melodic, inventive, by no means as harsh sounding
as you might expect from the saxophone quartet format, and, sadly, not the sort of thing you'd want to hear before watching a Celine Dion DVD! Dave DiMartino,

Pure saxophone ensemble plays gracefully blended English jazz-fusion impurities. (best of 2007)Kevin Lynch

''The Delta Saxophone Quartet's rendition of Glass' string quartet is truly inspiring '' online reviews (Minimal Tendencies cd)

"The performances are flawless and beautiful -- the quartet is a well-oiled machine." The All Music Guide(Minimal Tendencies)

"Delta makes light of the extraordinary technical demands of this work (Bryars) ...intense and energetic..." BBC music magazine 5 star album of the month (Minimal Tendencies cd)