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by The Andy Sugg Group

Contemporary post-bop jazz (in the widest sense of that term), featuring original compositions and post-trane tenor saxophone improvisation
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Out of the Office
Andy Sugg
6:06 $0.99
2. Little Sparrow
Andy Sugg
8:42 $0.99
3. The Truer Thing
Andy Sugg
4:32 $0.99
4. Special K
Andy Sugg
7:39 $0.99
5. Tenorness
Andy Sugg
7:39 $0.99
6. Shimmy Hop
Andy Sugg
6:27 $0.99
7. B22
Andy Sugg
3:28 $0.99
8. Columbia
Andy Sugg
8:04 $0.99
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Album Notes
The music on Tenorness -- Andy Sugg's seventh album as leader -- blends R&B, New Orleans, Afro-fusion and Arcangelo Corelli, all filtered through the lens of contemporary jazz. Andy has assembled a team of New York's and Australia's finest jazz musicians to perform his diverse and highly original compositions. In both established and (hopefully) unauthorised ways this album celebrates the power of the tenor saxophone.
If the beginnings of the saxophone weren't all that promising, it didn't take long for Adolphe Sax's favourite invention to claim an honoured place in the soundscape of the modern world. Maybe if Baudelaire had waited a bit longer to write The Painter of Modern Life, he might have written about the saxophone instead (The Instrument of Modern Life?), because Adolphe's quirky creation went on to voice the experience of modern life better than just about any other. Then, when his great 19th century creation teamed up with the great stylistic invention of the 20th century, jazz, its ascendancy was set in stone; with the tenor saxophone providing the richest, most rousing sound of all. Feeding off and revelling in this happy accomplishment, here is an ode to Tenorness.



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Grange Hermitage for the ears
Tenorness - the latest offering from Andy Sugg and group has me in awe of Sugg's mastery of the tenor sax and his ability to draw equally talented musicians to capable of matching his prodigious ability. Throughout the 8 tracks on the CD Andy Sugg answers over and over again Paul Kelly's question "How many note in a saxophone?" and does it in spades. However the mastery of the sax is not the only point of excellence Andy Sugg brings to this CD, as he has composed all the music, pulled together and directed an amazing band and was heavily involved in the technical production.

My first and enduing sensation on listening to this CD - which I have done 10 to 12 times in a week - is to equate it to Grange Hermitage for the ears. From the first to last notes this CD lives up to its name.

Truly all 8 tracks deserve their place on this CD and it would be possible to comment on the unique character of each, however to me there are two standout tracks:

- The Truer Thing (Track 3) - This is a solo performance showcasing Andy Sugg's total mastery of his chosen instrument and draws on the full range of notes that the tenor sax has to offer in the hands of a master player.

- Tenorness - (Track 5) - a no holes bared tenor sax lead number where Andy Sugg lets the tenor sax speak and at times cry, for all its worth. No doubt his ability has influenced and drawn out the best in the equally talented members of the group.

As the sleeve notes say this CD is "an ode to Tenorness". Get yourself a copy, crank up the hi-fi and enjoy.