The Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet is made up of four women who are based in Seattle, Washington. Released six years after the group came together, this debut album presents the quartet as a fully developed outfit.
On SAXHOUSE, strong writing abounds, especially from Amy Denio, who's responsible for the bulk of the material. The jazz and funk pieces strut and hop along refreshingly, but the real delights are the forays into more outre musical territory. Bulgarian, Klezmer and other Eastern European folk styles coexist naturally and proudly with the more contemporary Western strains. So naturally, in fact, that it seems like a bunch of dancing cousins have come to visit.