Recorded by 29TH STREET SAXOPHONE QUARTET on WATCH YOUR STEP
New Note: 1002 / Recorded in the spring of 1985
All four members of the Twenty-Ninth Street Saxophone Quartet provide original compositions performed by the group: Free At Last and After The Rain feature additional soloist parts as well.
SAX QUARTET INSTRUMENTATION
Alto Sax 1
Alto Sax 2
This lush setting of Robert Watson's ballad features a solo baritone sax introduction. Alto and tenor trade the melody, then the bari completes it. This is an emotionally intense piece of music that will present few technical challenges but certainly will challenge the intrepretative qualities of a more experienced quartet.
BOBBY WATSON (b. 1953). One of the most gifted composers and arrangers in Jazz today, versatile alto-saxophonist Bobby Watson has recorded his compositions on more than 30 albums in diverse settings from sax quartets as a member of the 29th Street Saxophone Quartet, to combos with his group Horizon, to his "Tailor Made" big band. After receiving his degree in music theory and composition from the University of Miami, Bobby completed his jazz education in the late '70s as a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers where he served as music director for 2 years in a group that included Wynton Marsalis, James Williams, Billy Pierce and Charles Fambrough. A recipient of an NEA grant for composition and a frequent clinician across the country, Bobby's works such as Appointment In Milano, Wheel Within A Wheel, Conservation and Beatitudes have been recorded by Blakey, Wynton Marsalis, Kevin Mahogany, T.S. Monk and others.
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