The British Saxophone Quartet Elton Dean alto sax/saxello; Paul Dunmall sop, ten sax; George Haslam bari sax; Simon Picard ten sax.
Rec Holywell Music Room Oxford, 6 October 1995. SLAMCD 216
1 Early October 23m 42s
2 Neologie Musicale 27 34
3 Time to go now 16 18
THE BRITISH SAXOPHONE QUARTET, EARLY OCTOBER
Also new from the British Slam label is a recording of three lengthy improvisations by The British Saxophone Quartet. This group features Elton Dean (alto and saxello), Paul Dunmall (soprano and tenor), Simon Picard (tenor) and George Haslam (baritone).
All three of the works included in this set were also recorded spontaneously live. No muss, no fuss, no mess, just an outstanding sounding re cording.
The four players demonstrate a musical rapport which takes them through moments of harmonic beauty, dissonant tension, walls of sound and quiet interludes.
Both of these recordings are outstanding examples of the art of present day musical improvisation and deserving of repeated listening in order to appreciate all of their subtlety of detail. Chris Meloche