Recorded by 29TH STREET SAXOPHONE QUARTET on UNDERGROUND
Antilles: 422 848 415 2 / Recorded in 1988 & 1990
SAX QUARTET INSTRUMENTATION
Alto Sax 1
Alto Sax 2
A quartet must have a good uptempo feel to play this one, because of the syncopated accompaniment and the lack of a bass line on the downbeats. The 2nd alto, tenor, and baritone create a rich harmonic background for the technically challenging first alto part. Alto 1 states the melody and has the featured solo. There's also a demanding 3-sax soli over a baritone sax bass line that leads into the final melody.
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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