London Saxophonic / Moondog

Moondog: Sax Pax for a Sax

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As the name implies, this album consists of pieces composed with the saxophone in mind. Nine saxophonists in all (from the London Saxophonic) pitch in on the disc, which also features some piano, folk-rock vet Danny Thompson on contra bass, several percussionists, piano, and occasional ensemble vocals; Moondog himself contributes bass drum, bongos, and (as a member of the ensemble) vocals throughout. In its swaying (at times even sing-along) melodicism, intricate arrangements, and light bounce, it's strongly reminiscent of his excellent 1969 Moondog album; in fact, "Bird's Lament" makes an appearance on both records. This is more enjoyable, toe-tapping, and life-affirming than most any other jazz or avant-garde music around in the 1990s, demonstrating that Moondog's talents remain undimmed in his eighties; it's impossible to hear the ebullient choral vocals on "Paris" without smiling.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:27
2 3:27
3 2:03
4 2:10
Tout Suite No. 1 for saxophone ensemble & drum in F major
5 3:01
6 3:13
7 2:52
8 1:42
9 6:25
10 1:17
11 1:36
Novette No. 1 for saxophone ensemble & drums in D flat major
12 1:40
13 2:01
14 1:42
15 1:52
16 2:15
17 2:35
18 4:05
EEC Suite, for saxophone ensemble
19 3:00
20 1:36
21 2:53
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