Lol Coxhill


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By now, the inimitable, indomitable, and eclectic soprano saxophonist Lol Coxhill may be best known for his offbeat humor, particularly in his extensive work with the Melody Four. The saxophonist is, however, an extraordinary technician and stylist, as he proves in this stunning set of duets with classically trained pianist Veryan Weston. There is rarely a dull moment, as Coxhill's pleasantly quirky sound snakes through 15 original pieces. At one moment intense, at the next deceptively slippery, the saxophonist's awesome command of his horn takes in the whole tradition of improvised music, curling and bending notes like putty. His wild romp is ably shared by Weston, who follows the leader through treacherous domains, never losing a beat. While 70 minutes of soprano may be difficult to absorb in one session, the duo does its best to alter the pace.

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