Recorded by 29TH STREET SAXOPHONE QUARTET on POINTILLISTIC GROOVE
Osmosis: 6002 / Recorded November 19 & 25, 1983
SAX QUARTET INSTRUMENTATION
Alto Sax 1
Alto Sax 2
A seamless transition from a medium waltz to an uptempo Latin characterizes this Watson composition. The texture stays constant through most of the arrangement, with the baritone sax playing the bass line, the two altos stating the melody in 2-part harmony, and the tenor playing a counter line. There is an extended alto solo over the bari's bass line which builds gradually, and a tenor/second alto background.
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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