MoonJune recommends: Delta Saxophone Quartet & Gwilym Simcock Plays Crimson!
Dear Friends in Music
it's my pleasure to recommend this great album of my friends from Delta Saxophone Quartet to You, this time in company of the great British jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock (who was in Bill Bruford's Earthworks in 2004, and now he is part of the new Pat Metheny Quartet together with Linda Oh and Antonio Sanchez). Delta Saxophone Quartet have released their critically acclaimed album "Dedicated To You...But You Weren't Listening- The Music Of Sof Machine" in 2007. Now, they are releasing an album of re-interpretations of six tunes of King Crimson, titled Crimson !. Which You can order directly from their UK label Basho. And I strongly recommend!
Direct link to purchase Crimson! –> www.jazzcds.co.uk
DELTA SAXOPHONE QUARTET
Graeme Blevins (soprano sax) | Pete Whyman (alto sax) | Tim Holmes (tenor sax) Chris Caldwell (baritone sax) | and Gwilym Simcock (piano)
1. A Kind of Red (Gwilym Simcock) 8:52
2. Vrooom/Coda: Marine 475 (King Crimson) 6:17
3. The Night Watch (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) 8:43
4. Dinosaur (music by King Crimson, words by Adrian Belew) 10:59
5. Two Hands (music by King Crimson, words by Adrian Belew) 04:37
6. The Great Deceiver (Fripp, Wetton, Palmer-James) 04:48
DELTA SAXOPHONE QUARTET
Dedicated To You...But You Weren't Listening The Music of Soft Machine,
featuring Hugh Hopper and Morgan Fisher
Direct link to purchase the album –> www.moonjune.com
Since initially being formed in 1984, the Delta Saxophone Quartet has never sought or found a need for a comfort zone. 2007's "Dedicated To You, But You Weren't Listening" is a case-in-point. While most bands would deal with major personnel changes by merely trying to solidify an existing repertoire and style, DSQ's two new members - tenorist Tim Holmes (formerly of sax quartet Itchy Fingers), and Australian soprano player Graeme Blevins - have encouraged the quartet to move still further in new directions. Their fresh retakes of Soft Machine classics on this CD offer more than ample proof, in that regard. Assisted by the late Hugh Hopper on one cut ("Facelift"), this effort is indeed a rare gem full of pleasant surprises. This most enjoyable album offers intriguing, very imaginative rearrangements - yielding alternate visions of popular Softs compositions, as interesting facets are revealed in a number of classic gems. A refreshing find for fans of imaginative jazz, smokin' brass and, of course, Soft Machine.
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