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by Orion Saxophone Quartet

Music for Saxophone Quartet by composers from Spain, Venezuela, Argentina and Mexico
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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1. Sevilla
5:14 $0.99
2. Saxophone Quartet: I. Fandango
4:49 $0.99
3. Saxophone Quartet: II. Serenata
6:38 $0.99
4. Saxophone Quartet: III. Choro Y Tango
7:01 $0.99
5. Histoire du Tango - Bordel 1900
3:50 $0.99
6. Histoire du Tango - Cafe 1930
7:37 $0.99
7. Histoire du Tango - NightClub 1960
6:09 $0.99
8. Histoire du Tango - Concert d'Ajourd Hui
3:26 $0.99
9. Tango Andaluz
4:14 $0.99
10. Sud America - Tempo di Cha Cha Cha
2:31 $0.99
11. Sud America - Tempo di Valse
1:22 $0.99
12. Sud America - Lento (son.) Misterioso
3:57 $0.99
13. Sud America - Tempo di Samba
1:53 $0.99
14. Scherzino Mexicano
1:29 $0.99
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Simon Pilbrow

‘Super saxophone artistry from masterful quartet’
For anyone with a deep love of jazz and sounds of saxophones and who admires first class musicianship, this is probably a recording you will want to hear. This dedicated quartet of LA-based saxophonists (Jeff Benedict, Adrian Williams, Ken Foerch and Charlie Richard) ought to be much better known. They have been an ensemble for many years and play spirited, exciting jazz with a tight, rhythmically supple and energetic ensemble sound that is just as much at home as a quartet of saxophones as they are with a rhythm section and guests as they are on this album. They are equally at home playing classical music but on this occasion they play an eclectic repertoire of challenging, multi-genre jazz saxophone pieces, which demonstrate not just their catholic tastes in the rich jazz history they clearly want to share with the listener, but high-level mastery of the sounds, feels and rhythmic and harmonic idioms or each piece. Credits for the solos are not listed, but the terrific arrangements are mostly by the ensemble’s leader, Jeff Benedict. There is great swing, vitality, solo expertise, ensemble wizardry and great teamwork in all that they play. With a precision akin to Supersax’s marvelous efforts from decades earlier, they choose not to just recreate the solos of one particular artist, but instead to weave great ensemble work, including re-harmonised solos of great masters, with plenty of solo depth from their own members and their guests. They have chosen thoughtfully from great jazz recordings of the past. From the four-part re-harmonisations of a famous Cannonball Adderley solo (Waltz for Debby, recorded originally on Know What I Mean) and a brilliantly cheerful Phil Woods solo (High Clouds, recorded on Live at the Showboat) to the swing sounds of Air Mail Special, they show the depth of their ensemble chops and solo strength. The music covers many moods and styles, which they tackle with authority, aplomb, sensitivity and humour through some very complex material. Leader Benedict gives plenty of solo space to all the players and there are many brilliant contributions from both horns and the rhythm team, especially the fine quartet frontline. Among the guests on this album is the featured “special guest” Gary Foster, LA-based master multi-reedman and highly accomplished jazz soloist, who shines on several well chosen features – including Lennies Pennies, a Tristano staple appropriate to Foster’s Konitz-Marsh- influenced playing, and the much loved but underappreciated Gaviota, penned by Foster’s late friend and long term collaborator, pianist Clare Fischer and arranged by his brother, the late Dirk Fischer - and a wonderful surprise, a Jim McNeely arrangement of Hancock’s Dolphin Dance. There are too many fine solos to single out, but pianist Jeff Hellmer’s fine Tristano-inspired outing on Pennies is great, as is the unidentified tenor solo that follows and the duet interplay with Foster. While the liner notes could have been more expansive, as there is plenty to tell about the music that the listener might well appreciate reading, Benedict has modestly kept the talk to a minimum, but generously pays tribute to Foster’s “ impeccable musicianship and his omnipresent benevolence” over many years of being a friend and mentor to all the players in this group, and the music speaks for itself. These are great musicians who enjoy playing great music. They deserve much wider recognition for this fine recording that keeps alive and expands jazz legacies and pushes new boundaries. This is a masterpiece. Spread the word!