Tuesday, June 19, 2012

World Saxophone Quartet - Complete Black Saint/Soul Note Recordings (CAM Jazz, 2012)

The World Saxophone Quartet was and continues to be a potent force on the modern jazz scene. This boxed set collection includes remastered versions of some of their earliest albums recorded for the Italian Black Saint/Soul Note labels during the 1970s and 1980s. These albums feature the original lineup of Julius Hemphill on alto and soprano saxophones and flute, Oliver Lake on alto and soprano saxophones, Hamiet Bluiett on baritone saxophone and alto clarinet and David Murray on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet. This six disc set includes the albums: Steppin’ With The World Saxophone Quartet, W.S.Q., Revue, Live In Zurich, Live At the Brooklyn Academy Of Music and Moving Right Along. The band is very exciting and uses the different textures of its instruments and the unique voices of the members to create a memorable and distinguished sound that runs the gamut from gutbucket R&B through to outside free improvisations, and it was the balance of these disparate elements that made the band so interesting. Each musician was also a composer who brought something different to the table so there was a great deal of variety within the format. The ability of the musicians to peel off riffs that act as melodic statements and also support individual members on solo flights are particularly impressive. The WSQ became something of a sensation during the 1980s. eventually headlining festivals and securing a major label record deal. Not bad for a group of musicians who were scuffling on the loft scene a decade before. The Complete Remastered Recordings - amazon.com

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