WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET

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Since its inception in 1976, the World Saxophone Quartet has been critically lauded for its improvisatory skills and is considered among the legitimate heirs to such post-bop, free jazz, and postmodern jazz pioneers as Albert Ayler, Anthony Braxton, Steve Lacy, Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, and Eric Dolphy. The tonal innovations and radical new approaches that these musicians introduced to the jazz idiom in the 1960s include a rejection of mainstream jazz in favor of music more closely resembling that of such modern composers as Charles Ives and John Cage; these innovations eventually influenced some of the most highly regarded jazz recordings of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Pharoah Sanders. These recordings feature longer performances of individual musical pieces, which were played in a more spontaneous, unstructured fashion that often resulted in deeply disturbing, cacophonous performances.

The World Saxophone Quartet has continued these groundbreaking traditions, while adding the musicians' individual abilities to
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BLACK SAINT / SOUL NOTE 2012
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Nonesuch 1991
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ExperienceExperience
Justin Time Records 2004
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Justin Time Records 1998
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Four NowFour Now
Justin Time Records 1996
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Political BluesPolitical Blues
Justin Time Records 2006
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Steppin'Steppin'
BLACK SAINT 2009
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Requiem For JuliusRequiem For Julius
Justin Time Records 2000
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Live At Brooklyn Academy Of MusicLive At Brooklyn Academy Of Music
BLACK SAINT 2009
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WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET Discography

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WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET Steppin' album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steppin'
Avant-Garde Jazz 1979
WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET W. S. Q. album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
W. S. Q.
Avant-Garde Jazz 1981
WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET World Saxophone Quartet Plays Duke Ellington album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
World Saxophone Quartet Plays Duke Ellington
Avant-Garde Jazz 1986
WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET Dances and Ballads album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Dances and Ballads
Avant-Garde Jazz 1987
WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET Rhythm and Blues album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Rhythm and Blues
Avant-Garde Jazz 1989
WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET Metamorphosis album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Metamorphosis
Avant-Garde Jazz 1991
WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET Moving Right Along album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Moving Right Along
Avant-Garde Jazz 1994
WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET Breath of Life album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Breath of Life
Blues 1994
WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET Takin' It 2 the Next Level album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Takin' It 2 the Next Level
Avant-Garde Jazz 1996
WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET Four Now album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Four Now
Avant-Garde Jazz 1996
WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET Selim Sivad: A Tribute to Miles Davis (feat. Jack DeJohnette) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Selim Sivad: A Tribute to Miles Davis (feat. Jack DeJohnette)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1998
WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET M'Bizo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
M'Bizo
World Fusion 1999
WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET Requiem for Julius album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Requiem for Julius
Avant-Garde Jazz 2000
WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET 25th Anniversary - The New Chapter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
25th Anniversary - The New Chapter
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET Experience album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Experience
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET Political Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Political Blues
Eclectic Fusion 2006

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WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET Point of No Return album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Point of No Return
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET Revue album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Revue
Avant-Garde Jazz 1982
WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET Live in Zurich album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Zurich
Avant-Garde Jazz 1984
WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET Live at Brooklyn Academy of Music album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Brooklyn Academy of Music
Avant-Garde Jazz 1986
WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET Steppenwolf album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steppenwolf
Avant-Garde Jazz 2002
WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET Yes We Can album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Yes We Can
Avant-Garde Jazz 2010

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WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET The Complete Rematered Recordings On Black Saint And Soul Note album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Rematered Recordings On Black Saint And Soul Note
Avant-Garde Jazz 2012

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WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET Breath of Life

Album · 1994 · Blues
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Sometime along about the late 70s and early 80s a number of jazz musicians began to shake off the shackles of commercially driven fusion and fuzak and began to rediscover the joy of playing “real jazz”, as in a group of horn players jamming to a syncopated drum beat. Ironically, many of the musicians driving this return to the roots were leaders of the 60s free jazz avant-garde. Musicians like David Murray and Oliver Lake began playing anything from jump blues to New Orleans jazz, but not in a corny Dixieland revival way, their music still maintained the tough gritty edge of the 60s avant-garde and more integrity than granite quarry. It is during this movement that Murray and Lake started the World Saxophone Quartet. By the time 1994 rolled around and they released “Breath of Life”, the quartet also featured Hamiet Bluiett and Arthur Blythe.

“Breath of Life” finds our quartet of saxophone virtuosos being joined by a rhythm section and a vocalist for a set of rockin Chicago blues and blues related grooves. This is a great CD and the band “breathes new life” into a musical form that is often overused and played out. A real star here is B3 soloist Amina Claudine Myers and her classic 60s soul jazz organ solos. Also, vocalist Fontella Bass does a great job with songs like “Suffering with the Blues”. Its tiresome to hear a singer go through the motions with an unconvincing blues performance, but Fontella’s sorrow over a love ruined is real and might get you thinking a bit.

The quartet does offer some variety on here, on “Picasso” they play (sans the rhythm section) an artsy semi avant-garde mix of composition and improvisation, and on “Breath of Life” they back up Fontella’s vocals with an earthy reggae groove. Another highlight is the loungey space groove of album closer “Deb” which features a great baritone solo from Bluiett.

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