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World Saxophone Quartet – Breath Of Life 1995

Posted in David MURRAY, Fontella BASS, Hamiet BLUIETT, JAZZ, World Saxophone Quartet on December 2, 2010 by whoisthemonk

World Saxophone Quartet – Breath Of Life 1995

Jazz

This is the second World Saxophone Quartet disc to feature alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe (who replaced Julius Hemphill) and the first to feature a full rhythm section including bass, piano, and organ. Going a step further from the previous year’s experiment with African drums on Metamorphosis, Breath of Life continues to find the sax quartet stretching the boundaries associated with its a cappella approach of the past. Included on its final release for the Elektra Nonesuch label are rhythm & blues-influenced originals by David Murray, Oliver Lake, and Hamiet Bluiett. The Quartet also pays tribute to Ray Charles, Little Willie John, and James Brown on “You Don’t Know Me” and “Suffering With the Blues,” featuring gospel-inspired performances by Fontella Bass (vocals), Donald Smith (organ), and Amina Claudine Myers (piano and organ).
By Al Campbell. AMG.
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Described by the New York Times as “one of the finest ensembles in American music, with a velvety sonic blend and a wild-eyed imagination,” the World Saxophone Quartet incorporates wildly divergent styles and approaches to the saxophone quartet. Here, the group teams up with vocalist Fontella Bass for a set of originals and covers, material ranging from avant-garde to R&B to jazz-rock.
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Hamiet Bluiett- Baritone Sax, Contra-Alto Clarinet (2)
Arthur Blythe- Alto Sax
Oliver Lake- Alto Sax
David Murray- Tenor Sax, Bass Clarinet (2)
Fontella Bass- Vocals (3, 4, 7)
Amina Claudine Meyers- Organ (1, 6)
Donald Smith- Piano (1, 6, 8), Organ (3, 4)
Fred Hopkins- Bass
Tarik Shah- Bass (6, 8)
Ronnie Burrage- Drums (1, 6, 8)
Gene Lake- Drums (3, 7)
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01. Jest a Little 9:13
02. Cairo Blues 1:10
03. Suffering with the Blues 5:34
04. You Don’t Know Me 6:35
05. Picasso 5:51
06. Song for Camille 7:41
07. Breath of Life 4:43
08. Deb 4:43
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