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22 concert in a program that includes John Williams' Escapades for Alto Saxophone and Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from 'West Side Story.
Peter Lieberson: The Coming of Light; John Harbison: Twilight Music for Horn, Violin, and Piano; Ellen Taaffee Zwilich: Quintet for Alto Saxophone and String Quartet; Samuel Barber: Dover Beach.
Jack Wyllie's impressive alto saxophone solos and Duncan Bellamy's shimmering beat-perfect performance on drums were underpinned by Milo Fitzpatrick's double bass riffs.
In the company of one of the most powerful young jazz quartets around--featuring Luis Perdomo (piano), Hans Glawischnig (bass) and Antonio Sanchez (drums)--Zenon shines on his alto saxophone throughout the entire recording, creating images of a land and culture that saw him grow physically and artistically into the musical figure he has become today, as supported by superb efforts from the entire cast of players.
The Best of Eric Dolphy is a case in point: drawing on recordings made during what most would agree are the two most significant years of his career (1960 and 1961), the program includes examples of his novel use of bass clarinet (on "Booker's Waltz" and on his own lovely composition "Serene") and his flute playing (on a slightly out-of-tune rendition of "Glad to Be Unhappy") as well as the John Coltrane-influenced alto saxophone technique for which he was most famous.
This recording, made late in his career, presents a straightforward concert performance by a quartet featuring Pepper on alto saxophone (and clarinet on one cut--Pepper loved to haul out the clarinet during his concerts, and the results are just wonderful) with George Cables on piano, Tony Dumas on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums.
His addition to Speake's line-up is a coup for the 43year-old saxophone player who did not start playing until he left school, started his first job and bought an alto saxophone.
Disc One begins with "Hot House (Jam Session)," a 1946 recording of a teenage Coltrane in Hawaii playing alto saxophone with fellow Navy musicians.
Chris Young is on alto saxophone, Tom Dunnett on trombone, Dave Ferris on piano and James Anderson on drums.
And besides, he included an alto saxophone in the score, which of course is nothing if not an American instrument.