Ulrich Krieger

Walls of Sound

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AllMusic Review by "Blue" Gene Tyranny

Wow! An impressive CD that delivers exactly what its title promises -- massive "walls" of sustained, gradually modulated saxophone and didjeridoo sounds -- an idea approached in four unique ways by the four composers. A total stunner! The selections include: James Tenney's "Saxony" (1978) performed on soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxes with digital delay presents a slowly unfolding harmonic series rainbow of intricate details that engages the ear and soul with a feeling of eternality; John Cage's ethereal "Four5" (1991) for five soprano, five alto, five tenor and five baritone saxes; Joseph Celli's gradually wilder and wilder "Video Sax (Berlin Mix '96)" (1993) employing sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass saxes; Phill Niblock's powerfully meditative and ground-shaking "Didjeridoos and Don'ts (1992)" played on multiple didjeridoos.

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