Great Circle Saxophone Quartet

Composer(s): Steve Norton, Dan Plonsey, Chris Jonas, Randy McKean
Album Title: Child King Dictator Fool 
Cat. No.: 80516
Genre: Jazz
Description: Child King Dictator Fool

Chris Jonas, soprano saxophone; Randy McKean, alto saxophone; Dan Plonsey, tenor saxophone; Steve Norton, baritone saxophone

GCSQ-four saxophonist/composers who have played with artists like Pauline Oliveros, Anthony Braxton, and Cecil Taylor-stretches the boundaries of the sound world of the sax quartet in twelve challenging compositions that “... aspire to create a new voice for the saxophone ensemble that neither falls into the obvious Jazz associations ... nor relies on the novelty aspect of four saxes playing conventional pop or classical transcriptions.” Three of its members were students of Braxton-an influence that definitely informs the music on this disc. Angular melodies, textural richness, a keen ear for color and a Webern-esque appreciation of silence as a structural element characterize these engaging and original compositions.

Stay Fresh Baggies 1, Falling From Grace, Black Shag, Red and Green, Emma’s Nemesis, A Hole In The Sky, Now What?, Thing Turning, Blood Indigo, Son of Splorb, Snake Tectonics, Stay Fresh Baggies 2 
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