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Home Grown - Commissinos Volume 1

New Century Saxophone Quartet

Sherwood Shaffer, Lenny Pickett, Thomas Massella, Ken Valitsky, David Ott, Benjamin Boone

SKU: 15498

Year of release: 1999

Sinfonia For Saxophone Quartet 16:05
1. Quick And Vibrant Sherwood Shaffer 06:34
2. Lyric Sherwood Shaffer 04:47
3. Presto Sherwood Shaffer 04:44
Saxophone Quartet No. 2 21:01
4. Moderato Lenny Pickett 06:30
5. Largo Lenny Pickett 07:14
6. Allegro Lenny Pickett 07:16
Three Lyrics For Saxophone Quartet 07:54
7. Pierce Clouds Thomas Massella 02:34
8. Hands Hold Up The Sky Thomas Massella 03:28
9. Seven Stars Thomas Massella 01:51
10. Saxomaphone Ken Valitsky 05:51
Three Moods 14:06
11. Touch Of Melancholy David Ott 06:28
12. Carefree And Creative David Ott 04:40
13. Downright Slap-Happy David Ott 02:57
14. Alley Dance Benjamin Boone 09:38
Total time: 74:37

About this album

The music featured here is more than a representation of the individual composers; it serves as a historical marker, so to speak, of the musical growth of the New Century Saxophone Quartet. Each recording has been a milestone for us in the evolution of becoming a better chamber music group. While the first recording, Drastic Measures (CCS 5994), was of course our debut CD, it was also an attempt to show that we could play many different periods and styles of music, and to demonstrate that we felt that it was important to be musicians first and saxophonists second who are not to be limited by the instruments we just happened to be playing. The second recording, Main Street USA (CCS 9896), was an answer to many of our followers who wanted us to play some music that they recognized. So we prepared a disc of music of well known American composers: Gershwin, Bernstein, and Gould. To keep it from being too commercial we decided not to just play the tunes in the traditional four part writing (the melody on top, two inner harmony voices, and a bass line) but rather to follow the composers orchestral scores, trying to match different colors and orchestrations. This gave everyone a chance to do things on their instruments that one doent usually hear, like the soprano playing the bass line or the baritone playing the melody throughout a whole piece….

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(...) This is highy recommended music, the listeners will delight in the revelatory airspace created when four horns colide.


(...) Een bijzondere produktie die grote verwachtingen schept voor de opvolger, vol. 2. ()...

Technical Specifications

Digital To Analog ConverterSony
Mastering EquimentSadie Audio system
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis Custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Analog To Digital ConverterPrism 24 bit / Genex Recorder
Recording DateMay 1999
Recording LocationResnswoude - The Netherlands
EditingJared Sacks
Recording Engineerjared Sacks
ProducerJared Sacks