Moscow Sax Quintet

Quinten: Jazznost

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The Moscow Sax Quintet's output is similar to the work of the band Supersax and the memorable sax section of Woody Herman's big band of "Four Brothers" fame, though the Russian group only has a three-piece rhythm section to back them. With dense harmonies and plenty of lively solos, they wow the audience during this 1990 concert at Northeastern Illinois University, most of which overlaps the Arkadia CD of the same name. They delve into the music of Charlie Parker, Woody Herman, Bill Evans, and Fats Waller, with side trips into pop (the Beatles' "Michelle") and classical music (Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumble Bee"), with many of the intricate arrangements being played without the aid of charts. The conversion of the video tape to DVD has inherent visual limitations in spots, though the camera work, editing, and audio are first rate.

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