Bluiett Baritone Saxophone Group

Live at the Knitting Factory

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Four baritone saxophones supported by the smart drumming of Ronnie Burrage on this recording. The baritone saxophone range is wonderful for experimentation. The instrument can clearly reach the sonorous tones and up in to a near-piercing range. The saxophones come at the listener singly or in groups, making free-jazz statements. A melodic phrase can easily give way to a rhythmic squawking before diving back into a spontaneous theme. Leading the Bluiett Baritone Saxophone Group is World Saxophone Quartet leader Hamiet Bluiett. (The other horn players are James Carter, Alex Harding and Patience Higgins.) He takes his mid- to low-range group through an intelligent contention, an energetic debate on the substance of each of the 11 tracks. For the variety contained herein, compare the sad yearning in "A's Song" with the funk scat on "K.M.A./Q.B." and cacophonous conversation in "Neck Bones."

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